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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Production Occupations

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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Production Occupations

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Production Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Production Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $74,180

Control nuclear reactors.

Industries:

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $48,230

Top Paying Industries:

Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $74,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $48,230

States with the highest concentration of workers:

South Carolina: $68,920
New York: $83,530
Pennsylvania: $67,590
Michigan: $69,880
Ohio: $68,960

Top Paying States:

New York: $83,530
Illinois: $80,300 
Florida: $76,370 
Michigan: $69,880
Ohio: $68,960

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $78,910

Power Distributors and Dispatchers $66,910

Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Industries:

Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $65,250
Local Government (OES Designation): $69,630
Natural Gas Distribution: $71,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $74,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $70,990

Top Paying Industries:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $74,410
Natural Gas Distribution: $71,210
Utility System Construction: $71,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $70,990
Local Government (OES Designation): $69,630

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Wyoming: $64,310
Oregon: $78,620
Washington: $83,050
Wisconsin: $72,880
Alaska: $77,300

Top Paying:

Nevada: $93,380
Washington: $83,050
Montana: $81,890
Oregon: $78,620
Alaska: $77,300

Metropolitan Areas:

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division: $78,650
Ann Arbor, MI: $54,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA: $65,940
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI: $72,750

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $85,240
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA: $85,050
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA: $82,720
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $81,750
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division: $81,030

Power Plant Operators $60,270

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Include auxiliary equipment operators. Exclude "Nuclear Power Reactor Operators."

Industries:

Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $61,740
Local Government (OES Designation): $56,550
State Government (OES Designation): $50,240
Natural Gas Distribution: $69,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $47,950

Top Paying:

Scientific Research and Development Services: $72,750
Natural Gas Distribution: $69,590
Local Government (OES Designation): $56,550
Grain and Oilseed Milling: $56,440

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Wyoming: $58,810
North Dakota: $63,320
Alaska  350: $45,680
West Virginia: $61,210
Iowa  880: $50,910

Top Paying States:

Washington: $80,870
California: $72,050
Illinois: $70,830
Hawaii: $68,960
Delaware: $67,850

Metropolitan Areas:

MSA  Employment  Hourly mean wage  Annual mean wage  Employment per thousand workers 

Morgantown, WV:  $59,090

El Centro, CA:  $50,670

Evansville, IN-KY:  $58,920

Ames, IA:  $53,490

Bangor, ME:  $58,150

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $88,360
Peabody, MA NECTA Division: $88,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $81,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $76,540
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $75,750

Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers $56,990

Control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. Employees may specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

Industries:

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $60,230
Oil and Gas Extraction: $57,780
Support Activities for Mining: $47,500
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: $56,310
Basic Chemical Manufacturing: $55,100

Top Paying Industries:

Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $60,770
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $60,230
Oil and Gas Extraction: $57,780
Other Pipeline Transportation: $56,400
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: $56,310

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Louisiana: $58,930
Alaska: $88,410
Wyoming: $54,400
Oklahoma: $47,520
Texas: $53,170

Top Paying States:

Alaska: $88,410
California: $69,030
Mississippi: $63,040
Colorado: $62,100 
Hawaii: $61,330

Metropolitan Areas:

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX: $60,850
Lake Charles, LA: $61,190
Longview, TX: $56,510
Midland, TX: $54,870
Baton Rouge, LA: $59,770

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Anchorage, AK: $80,330
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $75,350
Denver-Aurora, CO: $69,360 
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $67,850
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA: $65,660
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Gas Plant Operators $55,860

Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines. 

Industries:

Natural Gas Distribution: $55,750
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas: $56,010
Oil and Gas Extraction: $54,050
Basic Chemical Manufacturing: $55,810
 

Top Paying Industries:

Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $59,060
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers: $58,510
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: $57,790
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas: $56,010
Basic Chemical Manufacturing: $55,810

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Wyoming: $52,620
North Dakota: $63,830
Louisiana: $55,520
Oklahoma: $53,200
Iowa: $54,200

Top Paying States:

Massachusetts: $75,620
New York: $67,270
North Dakota: $63,830
California: $62,970
New Jersey: $62,090

Metropolitan Areas:

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX: $45,850
Longview, TX: $45,260
Tulsa, OK: $52,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $51,760
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH: $55,820

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $77,620 
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division: $77,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $74,320
Syracuse, NY: $71,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $68,300  

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

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