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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

53-7072 Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.


National estimates for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
Industry profile for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
Geographic profile for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

National estimates for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,580 6.4 % $ 24.92 $ 51,830 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.52 $ 17.86 $ 23.12 $ 30.53 $ 39.08
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,200 $ 37,140 $ 48,090 $ 63,510 $ 81,290


Industry profile for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 2,350 0.86 $ 25.57 $ 53,180
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 1,190 0.38 $ 22.46 $ 46,710
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 640 0.12 $ 26.57 $ 55,260
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 490 0.31 $ 19.35 $ 40,250
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 480 0.05 $ 27.25 $ 56,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 120 1.48 $ 30.04 $ 62,490
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 140 1.12 $ 34.16 $ 71,060
Support Activities for Mining 2,350 0.86 $ 25.57 $ 53,180
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 270 0.51 $ 28.24 $ 58,750
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.49 $ 27.41 $ 57,020

Top paying industries for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $ 35.37 $ 73,560
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 140 1.12 $ 34.16 $ 71,060
Coal Mining 90 0.21 $ 32.20 $ 66,970
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 60 0.06 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Other Pipeline Transportation 120 1.48 $ 30.04 $ 62,490


Geographic profile for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,560 0.29 3.87 $ 24.15 $ 50,230
Louisiana 1,090 0.60 7.92 $ 25.04 $ 52,080
Oklahoma 730 0.47 6.14 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
North Dakota 530 1.32 17.36 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Florida 430 0.05 0.66 $ 19.58 $ 40,730




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 530 1.32 17.36 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Louisiana 1,090 0.60 7.92 $ 25.04 $ 52,080
Oklahoma 730 0.47 6.14 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Alaska 140 0.47 6.14 $ 29.34 $ 61,020
Wyoming 80 0.32 4.15 $ 25.94 $ 53,960




Top paying states for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 230 0.09 1.15 $ 34.22 $ 71,190
Mississippi 30 0.03 0.40 $ 31.09 $ 64,670
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $ 29.97 $ 62,330
Alaska 140 0.47 6.14 $ 29.34 $ 61,020
California 390 0.02 0.31 $ 28.76 $ 59,820





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 330 3.33 43.79 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 0.27 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Odessa, TX 150 2.05 26.94 $ 18.30 $ 38,050
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.27 3.53 $ 21.77 $ 45,290
Austin-Round Rock, TX 100 0.09 1.22 $ 19.68 $ 40,940
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.29 3.79 $ 23.77 $ 49,450
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 80 0.51 6.73 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 70 0.55 7.27 $ 17.41 $ 36,200
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.76 9.94 $ 19.49 $ 40,550
Longview, TX 60 0.66 8.65 $ 22.50 $ 46,790




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 330 3.33 43.79 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
Odessa, TX 150 2.05 26.94 $ 18.30 $ 38,050
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.76 9.94 $ 19.49 $ 40,550
Longview, TX 60 0.66 8.65 $ 22.50 $ 46,790
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 70 0.55 7.27 $ 17.41 $ 36,200
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 80 0.51 6.73 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
St. Cloud, MN 50 0.46 5.99 $ 23.03 $ 47,890
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.29 3.79 $ 23.77 $ 49,450
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 40 0.27 3.53 $ 27.58 $ 57,370
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.27 3.53 $ 21.77 $ 45,290




Top paying metropolitan areas for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 32.97 $ 68,580
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.07 0.94 $ 30.68 $ 63,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 30.65 $ 63,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.03 0.39 $ 28.84 $ 59,990
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 40 0.27 3.53 $ 27.58 $ 57,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 27.58 $ 57,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 0.27 $ 27.27 $ 56,710
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 25.36 $ 52,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 0.27 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Bismarck, ND (8) (8) (8) $ 24.88 $ 51,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 450 3.93 51.67 $ 24.62 $ 51,210
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.00 26.28 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.08 14.24 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.69 9.05 $ 29.93 $ 62,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 450 3.93 51.67 $ 24.62 $ 51,210
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.00 26.28 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.08 14.24 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.69 9.05 $ 29.93 $ 62,250

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 32.64 $ 67,890
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 32.17 $ 66,920
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.08 14.24 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.69 9.05 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 29.01 $ 60,340


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021