Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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

Operate or control 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.


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)
42,850 4.2 % $28.64 $59,580 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.07 $23.22 $28.87 $33.89 $39.11
Annual Wage (2) $37,580 $48,300 $60,040 $70,490 $81,360


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)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,610 18.40 $30.33 $63,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,450 4.16 $28.74 $59,770
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 2,720 1.90 $27.49 $57,170
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,600 30.04 $27.98 $58,200
Support Activities for Mining 2,550 0.96 $23.66 $49,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,170 31.53 $27.96 $58,150
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,600 30.04 $27.98 $58,200
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,610 18.40 $30.33 $63,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,450 4.16 $28.74 $59,770
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 2,720 1.90 $27.49 $57,170

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 100 0.03 $32.32 $67,230
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,610 18.40 $30.33 $63,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,450 4.16 $28.74 $59,770
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,600 30.04 $27.98 $58,200
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,170 31.53 $27.96 $58,150


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 13,260 1.31 3.90 $27.44 $57,080
Louisiana 6,610 3.61 10.70 $29.35 $61,050
California 5,270 0.38 1.12 $33.35 $69,360
Oklahoma 1,830 1.23 3.65 $23.82 $49,560
Pennsylvania 1,590 0.29 0.86 $26.52 $55,160




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)
Louisiana 6,610 3.61 10.70 $29.35 $61,050
Alaska 880 2.85 8.44 $42.35 $88,100
Wyoming 680 2.53 7.50 $26.67 $55,460
Texas 13,260 1.31 3.90 $27.44 $57,080
Oklahoma 1,830 1.23 3.65 $23.82 $49,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 880 2.85 8.44 $42.35 $88,100
California 5,270 0.38 1.12 $33.35 $69,360
Tennessee 150 0.06 0.18 $32.05 $66,660
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $31.68 $65,890
Hawaii 180 0.31 0.93 $30.66 $63,760

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 6,660 2.67 7.91 $28.15 $58,540
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,150 13.84 41.04 $29.71 $61,800
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,020 4.01 11.90 $28.89 $60,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.89 5.62 $36.35 $75,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.46 1.37 $33.45 $69,580
Baton Rouge, LA 1,620 4.56 13.54 $30.68 $63,810
Lake Charles, LA 970 11.06 32.81 $30.84 $64,150
Bakersfield, CA 920 3.68 10.90 $29.73 $61,830
Corpus Christi, TX 700 4.02 11.93 $25.20 $52,410
Tulsa, OK 700 1.71 5.07 $25.67 $53,390




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,150 13.84 41.04 $29.71 $61,800
Lake Charles, LA 970 11.06 32.81 $30.84 $64,150
Midland, TX 380 5.85 17.34 $25.14 $52,280
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 440 4.91 14.56 $23.35 $48,570
Baton Rouge, LA 1,620 4.56 13.54 $30.68 $63,810
Lafayette, LA 590 4.15 12.30 $27.01 $56,170
Corpus Christi, TX 700 4.02 11.93 $25.20 $52,410
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,020 4.01 11.90 $28.89 $60,100
Bakersfield, CA 920 3.68 10.90 $29.73 $61,830
Odessa, TX 200 3.49 10.36 $21.87 $45,490




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)
Anchorage, AK 110 0.68 2.01 $39.30 $81,750
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.82 $76,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.89 5.62 $36.35 $75,610
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 130 0.22 0.65 $34.42 $71,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.46 1.37 $33.45 $69,580
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 50 0.08 0.25 $32.74 $68,100
Denver-Aurora, CO 260 0.22 0.64 $32.24 $67,050
Lake Charles, LA 970 11.06 32.81 $30.84 $64,150
Fairbanks, AK 110 3.21 9.53 $30.84 $64,150
Honolulu, HI 180 0.42 1.24 $30.69 $63,830

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,090 4.53 13.43 $26.19 $54,470
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 760 2.01 5.95 $28.25 $58,760
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 680 5.13 15.21 $34.15 $71,040
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 650 9.28 27.52 $44.89 $93,370
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 540 4.45 13.21 $29.51 $61,390

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 650 9.28 27.52 $44.89 $93,370
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 680 5.13 15.21 $34.15 $71,040
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,090 4.53 13.43 $26.19 $54,470
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 540 4.45 13.21 $29.51 $61,390
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 200 4.02 11.93 $24.67 $51,310

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 650 9.28 27.52 $44.89 $93,370
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 680 5.13 15.21 $34.15 $71,040
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.17 $62,760
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 540 4.45 13.21 $29.51 $61,390
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 180 2.91 8.64 $29.32 $60,980


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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