Employers in this industry primarily focus on electricity generation and gas pipeline operation. Many are also involved in water and sewer plant operation; however, because the majority of organizations in this industry are government-run, only a small percentage are included in The PayScale Index, which tracks only private industry workers.
The utilities industry (22), as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), includes the following: electric power and natural gas generation and distribution, water supply and irrigation systems, sewage treatment systems, steam and air-conditioning supply. View the full definition on Census.gov.
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.