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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
10,600 7.2 % $ 26.15 $ 54,400 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.41 $ 18.67 $ 23.84 $ 31.12 $ 38.38
Annual Wage (2) $ 34,120 $ 38,830 $ 49,580 $ 64,740 $ 79,830


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 2,220 1.04 $ 22.91 $ 47,650
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,560 0.17 $ 26.67 $ 55,470
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 850 0.16 $ 30.85 $ 64,180
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 570 0.01 $ 23.15 $ 48,160
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 560 0.35 $ 22.05 $ 45,860

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)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 390 3.44 $ 32.92 $ 68,470
Support Activities for Mining 2,220 1.04 $ 22.91 $ 47,650
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.59 $ 31.53 $ 65,590
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 190 0.35 $ 34.86 $ 72,500
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 560 0.35 $ 22.05 $ 45,860

Top paying industries for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 220 0.21 $ 44.00 $ 91,510
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $ 41.61 $ 86,540
Coal Mining 100 0.29 $ 35.15 $ 73,120
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 190 0.35 $ 34.86 $ 72,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) (8) $ 33.85 $ 70,410


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.



Map of employment of pump operators, except wellhead pumpers by state, May 2021


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 3,030 0.25 3.30 $ 28.94 $ 60,200
Louisiana 1,080 0.60 7.98 $ 21.28 $ 44,260
Florida 1,030 0.12 1.59 $ 21.64 $ 45,000
California 640 0.04 0.51 $ 24.54 $ 51,050
Missouri 630 0.23 3.05 $ 30.56 $ 63,570


Map of location quotient of pump operators, except wellhead pumpers by state, May 2021


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 240 0.61 8.07 $ 33.81 $ 70,320
Louisiana 1,080 0.60 7.98 $ 21.28 $ 44,260
Alaska 100 0.33 4.37 $ 30.54 $ 63,520
Oklahoma 420 0.27 3.57 $ 27.26 $ 56,690
Texas 3,030 0.25 3.30 $ 28.94 $ 60,200


Map of annual mean wages of pump operators, except wellhead pumpers by state, May 2021


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)
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $ 35.00 $ 72,800
North Dakota 240 0.61 8.07 $ 33.81 $ 70,320
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $ 32.51 $ 67,620
Wyoming 40 0.14 1.87 $ 31.25 $ 64,990
Illinois 50 0.01 0.12 $ 30.62 $ 63,690



Map of employment of pump operators, except wellhead pumpers by area, May 2021


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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,100 0.38 5.04 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
Lafayette, LA 750 3.99 53.10 $ 20.86 $ 43,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 510 0.14 1.90 $ 28.56 $ 59,400
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 330 0.14 1.81 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Midland, TX 230 2.44 32.50 $ 30.30 $ 63,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 210 0.16 2.15 $ 32.99 $ 68,630
Oklahoma City, OK 170 0.28 3.69 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 160 0.06 0.84 $ 23.89 $ 49,700
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.24 $ 22.95 $ 47,740
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 150 0.12 1.55 $ 22.79 $ 47,410


Map of location quotient of pump operators, except wellhead pumpers by area, May 2021


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)
Lafayette, LA 750 3.99 53.10 $ 20.86 $ 43,380
Midland, TX 230 2.44 32.50 $ 30.30 $ 63,030
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 70 0.92 12.20 $ 22.59 $ 46,980
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.65 8.67 $ 20.06 $ 41,720
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.64 8.47 $ 33.58 $ 69,840
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.39 5.23 $ 29.11 $ 60,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,100 0.38 5.04 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
St. Cloud, MN 30 0.32 4.30 $ 23.26 $ 48,370
Oklahoma City, OK 170 0.28 3.69 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Anchorage, AK 40 0.27 3.63 $ 30.68 $ 63,810


Map of annual mean wages of pump operators, except wellhead pumpers by area, May 2021


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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) $ 36.07 $ 75,030
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.64 8.47 $ 33.58 $ 69,840
St. Louis, MO-IL 210 0.16 2.15 $ 32.99 $ 68,630
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $ 32.92 $ 68,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,100 0.38 5.04 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
Anchorage, AK 40 0.27 3.63 $ 30.68 $ 63,810
Midland, TX 230 2.44 32.50 $ 30.30 $ 63,030
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.39 5.23 $ 29.11 $ 60,560
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.07 0.88 $ 28.69 $ 59,660
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 510 0.14 1.90 $ 28.56 $ 59,400

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 Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.33 17.62 $ 25.96 $ 54,000
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 200 1.87 24.89 $ 33.12 $ 68,890
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.35 18.00 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.81 10.71 $ 29.48 $ 61,310
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 0.76 10.12 $ 19.53 $ 40,610

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 200 1.87 24.89 $ 33.12 $ 68,890
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.35 18.00 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.33 17.62 $ 25.96 $ 54,000
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.81 10.71 $ 29.48 $ 61,310
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 0.76 10.12 $ 19.53 $ 40,610

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 200 1.87 24.89 $ 33.12 $ 68,890
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 6.45 $ 29.88 $ 62,140
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.81 10.71 $ 29.48 $ 61,310
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.35 18.00 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 26.30 $ 54,700


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022