Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-8092 Gas Plant Operators

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


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)
16,320 4.2 % $30.48 $63,400 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.93 $25.24 $30.82 $35.72 $41.48
Annual Wage (2) $41,460 $52,490 $64,100 $74,300 $86,280


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)
Natural Gas Distribution 6,740 6.13 $30.89 $64,250
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3,940 13.57 $30.50 $63,440
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,960 1.02 $30.24 $62,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 640 0.01 $24.69 $51,360
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 510 0.35 $29.16 $60,660

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 3,940 13.57 $30.50 $63,440
Natural Gas Distribution 6,740 6.13 $30.89 $64,250
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 230 2.18 $31.38 $65,270
Other Pipeline Transportation 110 1.50 $33.51 $69,700
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,960 1.02 $30.24 $62,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $34.85 $72,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $33.51 $69,700
Other Pipeline Transportation 110 1.50 $33.51 $69,700
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 230 2.18 $31.38 $65,270
Natural Gas Distribution 6,740 6.13 $30.89 $64,250


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)
Texas 2,020 0.18 1.49 $29.96 $62,320
California 1,520 0.10 0.83 $36.25 $75,390
Pennsylvania 1,240 0.22 1.81 $24.29 $50,530
Illinois 1,130 0.20 1.62 $31.13 $64,760
Michigan 860 0.21 1.74 $33.17 $68,980



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)
Wyoming 500 1.79 14.78 $29.62 $61,610
New Mexico 470 0.60 4.96 $28.59 $59,460
West Virginia 320 0.45 3.74 $29.78 $61,950
Alaska 130 0.40 3.31 $32.15 $66,880
Louisiana 680 0.35 2.93 $29.35 $61,050



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 130 0.05 0.38 $39.29 $81,720
California 1,520 0.10 0.83 $36.25 $75,390
Colorado 460 0.19 1.61 $35.65 $74,160
Mississippi 40 0.04 0.30 $34.71 $72,190
New York 350 0.04 0.33 $33.83 $70,370




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.18 1.50 $34.63 $72,020
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 580 0.20 1.70 $31.03 $64,550
Oklahoma City, OK 430 0.71 5.85 $22.88 $47,580
Tulsa, OK 310 0.73 6.07 $25.01 $52,020
Pittsburgh, PA 270 0.24 1.98 $24.53 $51,020
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.13 1.10 $22.43 $46,660
Charleston, WV 190 1.36 11.30 $29.25 $60,840
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.27 2.23 $33.11 $68,870
Midland, TX 180 2.09 17.27 $31.00 $64,490
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 160 0.33 2.69 $29.56 $61,490



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)
Midland, TX 180 2.09 17.27 $31.00 $64,490
Charleston, WV 190 1.36 11.30 $29.25 $60,840
Longview, TX 100 1.04 8.62 $25.20 $52,420
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 80 0.78 6.49 $30.99 $64,470
Amarillo, TX 80 0.75 6.25 $29.60 $61,570
Tulsa, OK 310 0.73 6.07 $25.01 $52,020
Oklahoma City, OK 430 0.71 5.85 $22.88 $47,580
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 110 0.43 3.57 $21.52 $44,750
Anchorage, AK 70 0.39 3.22 $34.16 $71,050
Fort Smith, AR-OK 40 0.36 3.02 $27.83 $57,880



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)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $40.53 $84,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 110 0.08 0.69 $38.79 $80,680
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $37.56 $78,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $37.38 $77,740
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 40 0.13 1.05 $35.68 $74,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 150 0.12 1.01 $34.97 $72,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.18 1.50 $34.63 $72,020
Anchorage, AK 70 0.39 3.22 $34.16 $71,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.62 $34.04 $70,800
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 70 0.08 0.69 $33.81 $70,320

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.03 8.57 $29.27 $60,880
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 4.04 33.45 $31.29 $65,090
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 200 1.60 13.27 $30.04 $62,480
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 180 1.09 9.03 $25.70 $53,450
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 10.97 $32.88 $68,380

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 4.04 33.45 $31.29 $65,090
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 2.16 17.89 $31.26 $65,030
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.83 15.14 $25.64 $53,330
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 1.76 14.57 $32.53 $67,670
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 1.73 14.32 $29.32 $60,980

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 1.60 $37.68 $78,370
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.95 $74,780
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.08 $72,970
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.95 $68,540
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 10.97 $32.88 $68,380


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015