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Power Plant Operators

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $41.72
Statewide median: $20.95


This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.

Wages for Power Plant Operators *

Area Low Median High
$30.65 $39.14 $46.88
$33.02 $41.72 $48.90
Central Minnesota
$40.83 $46.24 $51.85
Southeast Minnesota
$34.55 $45.32 $51.82
Southwest Minnesota
$28.15 $41.46 $46.45
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$29.58 $39.52 $49.49

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 990 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Power Plant Operators most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in moderate demand.


Future Demand

This career is seeing low growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 664 new Power Plant Operators to meet market demand between 2016-2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Power Plant Operators
Area Employment Employment Change
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 34,900 33,200 -1,700 -4.8%
Minnesota 2016 2026 Number Percent
Statewide 759 767 8 1.1%
Central Minnesota 249 264 15 6%
Southeast Minnesota 83 91 8 9.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 212 208 -4 -1.9%
Southwest Minnesota 31 33 2 6.5%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.