Electric power generation, transmission & distribution

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Workforce
393k
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
43.9
Estimated Job Growth
-0.2%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$93,211
Average Male Salary
$98,468
Average Female Salary
$76,621

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The top three occupations in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group are Electrical powerline installers & repairers, Other managers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Electricians, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers. On average, full-time employees in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group work 44.1 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $95,090. Part-time employees in the same industry work 19.4 hours and earn an average annual salary of $34,901.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group are Oswego County PUMA, NY, Soddy-Daisy City PUMA, TN, and Jackson County PUMA, MS. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group. Electrical powerline installers & repairers are the most common position, but the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Electric power generation, transmission & distribution goes to Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

Monthly Employment

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-3.28%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 8.05M people employed in the Mining, Logging, and Construction industry. This represents a -3.28% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

393k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 686k
0.41%
1 Year Growth
± 4.17%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 393k people employed in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group in 2018.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 0.41%, , from 683k people in 2018 to 686k people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Electric power generation, transmission & distribution by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Electrical powerline installers & repairers represent the largest share of positions held in Electric power generation, transmission & distribution at 12.6%, followed by Other managers with 5.93% and Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers with 5.84%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group, by number of employees, are Electrical powerline installers & repairers, Other managers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Electricians, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Electric power generation, transmission & distribution employs an unusually high number of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Electrical powerline installers & repairers, and Meter readers, utilities.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, by average wage, are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Chief executives & legislators, and Industrial production managers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$93,211
AVERAGE WAGE
± $2,000

On average, employees in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group make $93,211 per year. This number makes Electric power generation, transmission & distribution the 18 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.33
WAGE GINI

Electric power generation, transmission & distribution has a wage GINI of 0.33, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Electric power generation, transmission & distribution (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $98,468 and $76,621. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

165k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±9.97k
521k
MALE WORKFORCE
±17.7k

75.9% of workers in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$98,468
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$2,332
$76,621
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$3,688

On average, Male workers in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group make 1.29 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

On average, Asian employees in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group earn 1.12 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group is Manufacturing.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Electric power generation, transmission & distribution is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Electric power generation, transmission & distribution is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Electric power generation, transmission & distribution is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Manufacturing Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the power generation and supply industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 6.89% in the next ten years. The power generation and supply industry has a lower projected workforce growth at -0.2%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (1.4%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is power generation and supply.
-0.2%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is power generation and supply.
1.4%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

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