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Chemical Plant and System Operators in California

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-9% Jobs Projection
$50,750 Median Salary
100 Job Openings

While jobs for Chemical Plant and System Operators in California are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.

  • Employment for Chemical Plant and System Operators in California is expected to decrease.

  • Chemical Plant and System Operators in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Chemical Plant and System Operators Work in California?

There were approximately 1,290 workers employed as Chemical Plant and System Operators in this state in 2018.

There were 1,150 Chemical Plant and System Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 140 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

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The typical state has 400 Chemical Plant and System Operators working in it, which means California has more Chemical Plant and System Operators than average.

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Job Projections for California

Jobs for Chemical Plant and System Operators in this state are declining at a rate of 9.1% which is a slower decline than the nationwide estimated projection of %.

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California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 100 annual job openings, and a total of 1,000 jobs for California Chemical Plant and System Operators in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,800 annual jobs and 30,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Chemical Plant and System Operators Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Chemical Plant and System Operators ranged from $29,940 to $94,930 with $50,750 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.39 to $45.64. The median hourly rate was $24.4.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $31.46 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $7.06.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

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Top California Metros for Chemical Plant and System Operators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Chemical Plant and System Operators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 $72,500
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 $54,920
Bakersfield, CA 50 $52,030
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 $73,230

Top States for Chemical Plant and System Operators Employment

The table below shows the states where most Chemical Plant and System Operators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 5,200 $71,290
Louisiana 4,760 $69,510
Ohio 1,490 $61,560
California 1,290 $50,750
South Carolina 1,180 $51,440
Iowa 1,090 $55,990
Florida 930 $60,880
Georgia 910 $52,500
Minnesota 860 $49,260
Alabama 800 $70,500
Illinois 760 $64,440
North Carolina 740 $47,580
Kentucky 730 $63,220
New Jersey 590 $63,470
New York 550 $54,530
Mississippi 420 $61,270
Indiana 410 $47,970
Tennessee 390 $0
Maryland 380 $58,210
Massachusetts 320 $55,360

Below are the states where Chemical Plant and System Operators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Wyoming $79,130
Texas $71,290
Alabama $70,500
Louisiana $69,510
Delaware $68,340
West Virginia $65,980
Illinois $64,440
New Jersey $63,470
Kentucky $63,220
Ohio $61,560

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