Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
13,480 5.3 % $27.72 $57,660 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.63 $23.29 $27.50 $32.29 $37.51
Annual Wage (2) $38,760 $48,450 $57,200 $67,160 $78,010


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 4,220 3.90 $27.36 $56,900
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3,300 12.44 $27.71 $57,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,950 1.26 $27.75 $57,720
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,510 1.06 $28.43 $59,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 950 0.24 $29.45 $61,260

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 3,300 12.44 $27.71 $57,630
Natural Gas Distribution 4,220 3.90 $27.36 $56,900
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.77 $27.84 $57,900
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,950 1.26 $27.75 $57,720
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,510 1.06 $28.43 $59,130

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 950 0.24 $29.45 $61,260
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,510 1.06 $28.43 $59,130
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 70 0.82 $27.95 $58,130
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.77 $27.84 $57,900
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,950 1.26 $27.75 $57,720


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 2,260 0.22 2.11 $26.92 $55,980
New York 1,160 0.14 1.31 $32.41 $67,420
Pennsylvania 980 0.18 1.68 $24.22 $50,370
Louisiana 680 0.37 3.48 $26.18 $54,450
Massachusetts 620 0.20 1.88 $34.62 $72,010




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 570 2.13 20.05 $26.87 $55,900
North Dakota 390 1.09 10.32 $29.75 $61,880
Louisiana 680 0.37 3.48 $26.18 $54,450
Oklahoma 400 0.27 2.54 $26.97 $56,090
Iowa 330 0.23 2.19 $25.58 $53,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 620 0.20 1.88 $34.62 $72,010
New York 1,160 0.14 1.31 $32.41 $67,420
California 470 0.03 0.32 $32.37 $67,340
Washington 60 0.02 0.20 $32.28 $67,130
New Jersey 100 0.03 0.26 $31.39 $65,280

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 660 0.26 2.47 $27.33 $56,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.14 1.36 $30.89 $64,250
Pittsburgh, PA 210 0.19 1.77 $24.73 $51,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.70 $30.08 $62,570
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 0.81 $25.42 $52,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.27 $33.10 $68,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 140 0.07 0.61 $25.01 $52,030
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.24 2.28 $28.74 $59,780
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 120 0.22 2.09 $27.92 $58,070
Tulsa, OK 110 0.28 2.66 $25.92 $53,920




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)
Longview, TX 70 0.82 7.70 $19.33 $40,210
Erie, PA 100 0.77 7.30 $27.43 $57,040
Midland, TX 40 0.63 5.90 $23.47 $48,830
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.59 5.59 $19.46 $40,480
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.38 3.54 $27.30 $56,790
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 100 0.30 2.84 $27.79 $57,800
Tulsa, OK 110 0.28 2.66 $25.92 $53,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 660 0.26 2.47 $27.33 $56,840
Corpus Christi, TX 40 0.25 2.33 $28.98 $60,280
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.24 2.28 $28.74 $59,780