Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
11,750 3.7 % $28.78 $59,870 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.58 $24.11 $28.63 $33.94 $38.89
Annual Wage (2) $40,730 $50,140 $59,550 $70,600 $80,880


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 3,850 3.55 $29.85 $62,100
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3,150 11.56 $27.88 $58,000
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,570 0.97 $28.28 $58,830
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,020 0.26 $31.72 $65,970
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 710 0.50 $28.40 $59,060

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 3,150 11.56 $27.88 $58,000
Natural Gas Distribution 3,850 3.55 $29.85 $62,100
Other Pipeline Transportation 150 2.24 $31.96 $66,470
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,570 0.97 $28.28 $58,830
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 710 0.50 $28.40 $59,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil (8) (8) $37.12 $77,200
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $34.45 $71,650
Other Pipeline Transportation 150 2.24 $31.96 $66,470
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,020 0.26 $31.72 $65,970
Natural Gas Distribution 3,850 3.55 $29.85 $62,100


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 2,100 0.20 2.23 $28.58 $59,440
Pennsylvania 810 0.15 1.60 $26.87 $55,890
Louisiana 610 0.33 3.64 $29.16 $60,660
California 600 0.04 0.47 $33.81 $70,320
Michigan 540 0.14 1.54 $28.15 $58,550




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 500 1.84 20.04 $28.05 $58,340
Louisiana 610 0.33 3.64 $29.16 $60,660
Oklahoma 350 0.24 2.57 $28.72 $59,730
Colorado 450 0.21 2.24 $28.24 $58,750
Texas 2,100 0.20 2.23 $28.58 $59,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 120 0.04 0.48 $37.91 $78,860
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $37.35 $77,690
New York 420 0.05 0.54 $34.71 $72,200
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $34.00 $70,710
California 600 0.04 0.47 $33.81 $70,320





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 750 0.30 3.23 $29.32 $60,980
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 250 0.50 5.41 $33.40 $69,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 0.72 $28.71 $59,720
Pittsburgh, PA 230 0.20 2.23 $26.08 $54,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 180 0.09 0.94 $27.61 $57,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 160 0.07 0.80 $25.20 $52,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.07 0.72 $31.43 $65,380
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.32 $32.81 $68,240
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 140 0.21 2.31 $25.25 $52,510
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.24 2.57 $30.59 $63,630




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)
Lake Charles, LA 80 0.90 9.79 $27.90 $58,030
Erie, PA 100 0.78 8.49 $27.97 $58,170
Midland, TX 50 0.70 7.68 $24.80 $51,580
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 0.66 7.23 $30.54 $63,520
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 250 0.50 5.41 $33.40 $69,480
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.36 3.91 $28.42 $59,120
Columbia, SC 110 0.33 3.55 $24.15 $50,240
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 30 0.32 3.46 $27.85 $57,930
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 750 0.30 3.23 $29.32 $60,980
Charleston, WV 40 0.29 3.21 $26.71 $55,560




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)
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 60 0.12 1.27 $39.08 $81,290
Syracuse, NY 50 0.15 1.67 $35.53 $73,910
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $34.42 $71,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.04 0.43 $34.25 $71,240
Evansville, IN-KY (8) (8) (8) $33.73 $70,170
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 250 0.50 5.41 $33.40 $69,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.09 $68,830
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 1.38 $33.02 $68,680
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.32 $32.81 $68,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.25 $31.85 $66,240

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 310 5.10 55.62 $28.25 $58,750
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 1.15 12.57 $27.69 $57,590
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 180 1.80 19.63 $28.42 $59,120
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.17 12.79 $29.81 $62,000
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 3.54 $29.21 $60,760

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 310 5.10 55.62 $28.25 $58,750
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 180 1.80 19.63 $28.42 $59,120
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.56 16.98 $26.77 $55,670
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.47 16.01 $27.37 $56,930
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.35 14.73 $26.88 $55,920

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.02 $30.90 $64,280
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 3.34 $30.25 $62,920
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.17 12.79 $29.81 $62,000
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 3.54 $29.21 $60,760
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.67 $28.70 $59,700


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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