Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-8093 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

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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)
38,500 4.9 % $22.85 $47,520 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.18 $19.62 $23.69 $26.72 $29.18
Annual Wage (2) $29,490 $40,820 $49,280 $55,580 $60,690

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 18,710 $23.72 $49,350 1 5
Oil and gas extraction 8,020 $22.51 $46,820 2 8
Support activities for mining 1,410 $17.80 $37,020 3 18
Pipeline transportation of crude oil 1,370 $23.29 $48,450 4 6
Other pipeline transportation 1,140 $24.75 $51,480 5 4

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management of companies and enterprises 540 $26.58 $55,290 8 1
Gasoline stations (6) $25.63 $53,320 (6) 2
Specialized freight trucking 160 $24.89 $51,760 13 3
Other pipeline transportation 1,140 $24.75 $51,480 5 4
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 18,710 $23.72 $49,350 1 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 1,090 $34.96 $72,720 0.380% 32
Wyoming 600 $23.36 $48,590 0.250% 72
Louisiana 4,320 $21.69 $45,120 0.236% 144
Oklahoma 1,940 $19.33 $40,210 0.136% 172
Texas 12,100 $22.42 $46,630 0.132% 177

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 1,090 $34.96 $72,720 0.380% 32
New Jersey 520 $26.13 $54,350 0.013% 184
Pennsylvania 840 $24.97 $51,950 0.015% 144
Illinois 1,540 $24.75 $51,490 0.027% 145
Montana 510 $24.52 $51,010 0.130% 69

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 1,810 $23.63 $49,160 1.197%
Houma, LA MSA 610 $18.40 $38,270 0.756%
Billings, MT MSA 370 $26.20 $54,490 0.560%
Casper, WY MSA 120 $24.03 $49,990 0.371%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 280 $24.59 $51,150 0.343%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Billings, MT MSA 370 $26.20 $54,490 0.560%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA (6) $26.19 $54,470 (6)
Atlanta, GA MSA 170 $25.25 $52,510 0.008%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 1,940 $25.18 $52,380 0.048%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA (6) $25.15 $52,310 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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