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Gas Plant Operators in Virginia

Is Virginia a good place for you to work as a Gas Plant Operator?

2.8% Jobs Projection
$68,120 Median Salary
40 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Gas Plant Operators in Virginia are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Gas Plant Operators in Virginia is growing slower than average.

  • Gas Plant Operators in Virginia earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Gas Plant Operators Work in Virginia?

In 2018, there were 390 Gas Plant Operators working in the state.

There were 340 Gas Plant Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 50 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 280 Gas Plant Operators working in it, which means Virginia has more Gas Plant Operators than average.


Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Gas Plant Operators in this state are growing at a rate of 2.8% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 0.0%.


Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 40 annual job openings, and 370 total jobs in 2026 for Gas Plant Operators in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 1,700 annual jobs and 17,300 total jobs in 2026.

What do Gas Plant Operators Make in Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Gas Plant Operators ranged from $35,020 to $87,030 with $68,120 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $16.84 to $41.84. The median hourly rate was $32.75.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $34.58 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $1.83.

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


Top Virginia Metros for Gas Plant Operators

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 160 $79,830
Richmond, VA 130 $49,610
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 $68,090

Top States for Gas Plant Operators Employment

The table below shows the states where most Gas Plant Operators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 2,960 $67,190
California 970 $103,900
Pennsylvania 930 $68,620
Michigan 710 $76,120
Illinois 520 $75,190
North Dakota 500 $87,880
Louisiana 430 $69,040
Colorado 420 $71,030
New Mexico 420 $65,360
Virginia 390 $68,120
Wyoming 380 $72,830
Kansas 350 $66,530
Oklahoma 340 $65,970
Ohio 330 $70,020
Kentucky 320 $69,810
South Carolina 310 $55,470
Alabama 310 $70,510
New York 290 $81,830
West Virginia 280 $72,210
Tennessee 280 $49,770

Below are the states where Gas Plant Operators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $103,900
Massachusetts $90,240
North Dakota $87,880
Washington $84,480
New York $81,830
Maryland $81,580
New Jersey $77,520
Michigan $76,120
Oregon $75,570
Illinois $75,190

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