Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
4,700 6.7 % $26.65 $55,430 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.94 $22.15 $27.06 $31.60 $35.82
Annual Wage (2) $35,240 $46,070 $56,280 $65,720 $74,500


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 1,840 6.36 $28.87 $60,040
Support Activities for Mining 630 0.15 $23.48 $48,850
Oil and Gas Extraction 610 0.32 $26.29 $54,680
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.14 $19.22 $39,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 160 0.00 $20.33 $42,290

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 1,840 6.36 $28.87 $60,040
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 140 1.30 $28.14 $58,540
Oil and Gas Extraction 610 0.32 $26.29 $54,680
Support Activities for Mining 630 0.15 $23.48 $48,850
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.14 $19.22 $39,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $34.83 $72,440
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $29.82 $62,030
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,840 6.36 $28.87 $60,040
Other Pipeline Transportation (8) (8) $28.50 $59,290
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 140 1.30 $28.14 $58,540


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 840 0.15 4.28 $24.54 $51,050
West Virginia 450 0.63 18.07 $27.39 $56,980
Oklahoma 440 0.28 8.10 $27.10 $56,360
Texas 360 0.03 0.92 $27.13 $56,420
New Mexico 240 0.31 8.87 $28.69 $59,670



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)
West Virginia 450 0.63 18.07 $27.39 $56,980
Wyoming 140 0.51 14.52 $29.71 $61,790
North Dakota 210 0.47 13.52 $27.89 $58,000
New Mexico 240 0.31 8.87 $28.69 $59,670
Oklahoma 440 0.28 8.10 $27.10 $56,360



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 60 0.04 1.07 $34.07 $70,870
Ohio 170 0.03 0.93 $31.70 $65,940
California (8) (8) (8) $31.61 $65,740
Missouri 50 0.02 0.55 $31.20 $64,900
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $31.16 $64,810




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 370 0.33 9.45 $24.44 $50,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.08 2.41 $19.96 $41,520
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.23 6.65 $25.98 $54,050
Charleston, WV 100 0.72 20.69 $26.29 $54,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.03 0.90 $29.03 $60,370
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.97 $29.96 $62,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60 0.04 1.22 $27.80 $57,830
Tulsa, OK 50 0.11 3.29 $32.31 $67,200



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 100 0.72 20.69 $26.29 $54,690
Pittsburgh, PA 370 0.33 9.45 $24.44 $50,840
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.23 6.65 $25.98 $54,050
Tulsa, OK 50 0.11 3.29 $32.31 $67,200
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.08 2.41 $19.96 $41,520
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.97 $29.96 $62,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60 0.04 1.22 $27.80 $57,830
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.03 0.90 $29.03 $60,370



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)
Tulsa, OK 50 0.11 3.29 $32.31 $67,200
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.97 $29.96 $62,310
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.03 0.90 $29.03 $60,370
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60 0.04 1.22 $27.80 $57,830
Charleston, WV 100 0.72 20.69 $26.29 $54,690
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.23 6.65 $25.98 $54,050
Pittsburgh, PA 370 0.33 9.45 $24.44 $50,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.08 2.41 $19.96 $41,520

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 290 2.07 59.35 $27.90 $58,040
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.43 41.03 $24.15 $50,220
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.14 61.42 $27.58 $57,380
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.60 74.77 $29.42 $61,190
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 15.96 $25.68 $53,410

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.60 74.77 $29.42 $61,190
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.14 61.42 $27.58 $57,380
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 290 2.07 59.35 $27.90 $58,040
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.49 42.86 $30.22 $62,850
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.43 41.03 $24.15 $50,220

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)
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 21.59 $33.98 $70,680
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.49 42.86 $30.22 $62,850
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.86 24.82 $29.59 $61,560
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.60 74.77 $29.42 $61,190
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.02 $60,370


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