Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

53-7071 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.


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)
3,870 8.0 % $25.52 $53,080 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.52 $21.04 $25.21 $28.88 $34.84
Annual Wage (2) $36,430 $43,770 $52,440 $60,070 $72,460


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)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,430 5.25 $25.98 $54,040
Natural Gas Distribution 790 0.73 $29.41 $61,180
Oil and Gas Extraction 770 0.47 $26.04 $54,170
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 150 0.02 $18.49 $38,450
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.10 $20.84 $43,340

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 1,430 5.25 $25.98 $54,040
Natural Gas Distribution 790 0.73 $29.41 $61,180
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.71 $26.63 $55,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 770 0.47 $26.04 $54,170
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.10 $20.84 $43,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 40 0.01 $31.42 $65,360
Natural Gas Distribution 790 0.73 $29.41 $61,180
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.71 $26.63 $55,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 770 0.47 $26.04 $54,170
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,430 5.25 $25.98 $54,040


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)
New Mexico 670 0.86 28.64 $27.45 $57,090
Pennsylvania 550 0.10 3.27 $25.20 $52,420
West Virginia 320 0.46 15.29 $25.89 $53,840
Texas 270 0.03 0.86 $24.69 $51,360
Wyoming 180 0.66 21.90 $27.08 $56,330




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)
New Mexico 670 0.86 28.64 $27.45 $57,090
Wyoming 180 0.66 21.90 $27.08 $56,330
West Virginia 320 0.46 15.29 $25.89 $53,840
Pennsylvania 550 0.10 3.27 $25.20 $52,420
Mississippi 100 0.10 3.21 $28.95 $60,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 130 0.09 2.91 $29.56 $61,490
Mississippi 100 0.10 3.21 $28.95 $60,210
Michigan 40 0.01 0.37 $28.11 $58,480
Ohio 120 0.02 0.79 $27.46 $57,120
New Mexico 670 0.86 28.64 $27.45 $57,090





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)
Pittsburgh, PA 130 0.12 3.98 $24.21 $50,360
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.19 6.31 $30.02 $62,440
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.04 1.18 $27.84 $57,910
Charleston, WV 90 0.62 20.65 $26.90 $55,940
Jackson, MS 50 0.18 6.13 $30.23 $62,890
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 1.65 $25.33 $52,680




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)
Charleston, WV 90 0.62 20.65 $26.90 $55,940
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.19 6.31 $30.02 $62,440
Jackson, MS 50 0.18 6.13 $30.23 $62,890
Pittsburgh, PA 130 0.12 3.98 $24.21 $50,360
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 1.65 $25.33 $52,680
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.04 1.18 $27.84 $57,910




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)
Jackson, MS 50 0.18 6.13 $30.23 $62,890
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.19 6.31 $30.02 $62,440
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.04 1.18 $27.84 $57,910
Charleston, WV 90 0.62 20.65 $26.90 $55,940
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 1.65 $25.33 $52,680
Pittsburgh, PA 130 0.12 3.98 $24.21 $50,360
Mobile, AL (8) (8) (8) $22.67 $47,140
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.53 $46,860

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 340 2.75 91.00 $31.88 $66,300
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.15 38.06 $25.18 $52,380
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.86 28.57 $25.71 $53,470
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 50.27 $27.62 $57,450
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 15.60 $25.95 $53,980

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 340 2.75 91.00 $31.88 $66,300
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 50.27 $27.62 $57,450
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.15 38.06 $25.18 $52,380
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.86 28.57 $25.71 $53,470
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.80 26.52 $25.32 $52,670

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 340 2.75 91.00 $31.88 $66,300
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 50.27 $27.62 $57,450
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 15.60 $25.95 $53,980
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.86 28.57 $25.71 $53,470
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.80 26.52 $25.32 $52,670


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

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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