Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

53-7071 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,160 6.7 % $23.01 $47,860 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.90 $18.76 $23.49 $27.74 $31.30
Annual Wage (2) $28,920 $39,020 $48,870 $57,710 $65,100


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,620 $24.92 $51,840
Oil and Gas Extraction 740 $21.95 $45,660
Natural Gas Distribution 420 $25.68 $53,410
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 200 $23.22 $48,290
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 180 $19.92 $41,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) $28.18 $58,620
Natural Gas Distribution 420 $25.68 $53,410
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,620 $24.92 $51,840
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 200 $23.22 $48,290
Support Activities for Mining (8) $22.55 $46,900


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
West Virginia 420 $21.69 $45,110 0.603
New Mexico 390 $23.30 $48,470 0.482
Wyoming 140 $25.65 $53,350 0.481
Oklahoma 260 $18.69 $38,870 0.171
Mississippi 140 $29.68 $61,720 0.132

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Mississippi 140 $29.68 $61,720 0.132
Nevada 30 $29.26 $60,860 0.028
Georgia 30 $26.78 $55,700 0.008
Michigan 110 $25.91 $53,890 0.029
Virginia 180 $25.75 $53,550 0.051


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Charleston, WV 70 $22.43 $46,650 0.466
Tulsa, OK 40 $17.47 $36,340 0.095
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 190 $24.08 $50,100 0.074

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Pittsburgh, PA (8) $24.54 $51,050 (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 190 $24.08 $50,100 0.074
Charleston, WV 70 $22.43 $46,650 0.466
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) $21.46 $44,630 (8)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) $17.68 $36,770 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours 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.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010