Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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
Geographic 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)
4,350 7.5 % $24.92 $51,840 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.95 $19.51 $24.59 $28.78 $34.67
Annual Wage (2) $33,170 $40,590 $51,150 $59,860 $72,110


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,450 5.20 $27.07 $56,300
Natural Gas Distribution 760 0.71 $29.48 $61,320
Oil and Gas Extraction 740 0.41 $24.58 $51,120
Support Activities for Mining 390 0.10 $19.66 $40,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 150 0.00 $18.87 $39,240

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,450 5.20 $27.07 $56,300
Other Pipeline Transportation 60 0.89 $27.17 $56,510
Natural Gas Distribution 760 0.71 $29.48 $61,320
Oil and Gas Extraction 740 0.41 $24.58 $51,120
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.11 $19.72 $41,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 760 0.71 $29.48 $61,320
Other Pipeline Transportation 60 0.89 $27.17 $56,510
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,450 5.20 $27.07 $56,300
Oil and Gas Extraction 740 0.41 $24.58 $51,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $20.54 $42,720


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 830 0.15 4.46 $21.96 $45,670
New Mexico 470 0.61 18.34 $27.66 $57,530
Texas 370 0.03 1.04 $25.76 $53,590
West Virginia 330 0.46 13.82 $25.65 $53,350
Oklahoma 240 0.16 4.65 $26.64 $55,420




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 470 0.61 18.34 $27.66 $57,530
West Virginia 330 0.46 13.82 $25.65 $53,350
Wyoming 120 0.42 12.49 $27.38 $56,950
Oklahoma 240 0.16 4.65 $26.64 $55,420
Pennsylvania 830 0.15 4.46 $21.96 $45,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 100 0.01 0.22 $29.81 $62,000
New Mexico 470 0.61 18.34 $27.66 $57,530
Arkansas 50 0.04 1.26 $27.65 $57,510
Ohio 140 0.03 0.81 $27.54 $57,280
Wyoming 120 0.42 12.49 $27.38 $56,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.32 9.53 $21.04 $43,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 3.13 $19.32 $40,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 120 0.05 1.40 $29.48 $61,310
Oklahoma City, OK 100 0.18 5.30 $30.81 $64,070
Charleston, WV 90 0.59 17.72 $26.75 $55,650
Mobile, AL 30 0.20 5.92 $24.50 $50,960




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston, WV 90 0.59 17.72 $26.75 $55,650
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.32 9.53 $21.04 $43,770
Mobile, AL 30 0.20 5.92 $24.50 $50,960
Oklahoma City, OK 100 0.18 5.30 $30.81 $64,070
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 3.13 $19.32 $40,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 120 0.05 1.40 $29.48 $61,310




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma City, OK 100 0.18 5.30 $30.81 $64,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 120 0.05 1.40 $29.48 $61,310
Charleston, WV 90 0.59 17.72 $26.75 $55,650
Mobile, AL 30 0.20 5.92 $24.50 $50,960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $22.43 $46,650
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.32 9.53 $21.04 $43,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 3.13 $19.32 $40,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.92 57.38 $32.68 $67,970
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.39 41.74 $25.12 $52,240
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 21.32 $25.97 $54,010
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 10.52 $26.10 $54,290
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 26.22 $28.97 $60,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.92 57.38 $32.68 $67,970
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.39 41.74 $25.12 $52,240
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 26.22 $28.97 $60,250
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 21.32 $25.97 $54,010
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 10.52 $26.10 $54,290

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.92 57.38 $32.68 $67,970
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 26.22 $28.97 $60,250
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 9.19 $28.51 $59,310
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 8.89 $26.14 $54,370
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 10.52 $26.10 $54,290


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013