Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
41,020 3.7 % $29.20 $60,730 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.66 $23.83 $29.73 $34.67 $39.93
Annual Wage (2) $38,820 $49,560 $61,850 $72,110 $83,040


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 20,510 18.47 $30.99 $64,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,610 3.09 $27.16 $56,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,890 10.32 $29.37 $61,080
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,280 34.20 $28.80 $59,900
Support Activities for Mining 2,270 0.60 $22.29 $46,360

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 2,280 34.20 $28.80 $59,900
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,690 19.48 $29.73 $61,840
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,510 18.47 $30.99 $64,460
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,890 10.32 $29.37 $61,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,610 3.09 $27.16 $56,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 220 0.05 $36.43 $75,770
Natural Gas Distribution 270 0.25 $32.97 $68,570
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $31.56 $65,650
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,510 18.47 $30.99 $64,460
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,690 19.48 $29.73 $61,840


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 12,550 1.19 3.77 $28.71 $59,720
Louisiana 5,900 3.16 10.02 $29.88 $62,160
California 4,070 0.28 0.90 $34.67 $72,110
Oklahoma 1,750 1.15 3.64 $24.65 $51,270
Ohio 1,490 0.30 0.94 $26.38 $54,860




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 880 3.18 10.09 $29.41 $61,170
Louisiana 5,900 3.16 10.02 $29.88 $62,160
Alaska 500 1.56 4.96 $33.50 $69,680
New Mexico 980 1.27 4.04 $28.82 $59,940
Texas 12,550 1.19 3.77 $28.71 $59,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,070 0.28 0.90 $34.67 $72,110
Mississippi 990 0.92 2.91 $33.72 $70,130
Alaska 500 1.56 4.96 $33.50 $69,680
Colorado 420 0.19 0.60 $32.64 $67,890
Montana 230 0.53 1.69 $32.41 $67,400





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 6,120 2.32 7.36 $30.20 $62,820
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,140 4.15 13.17 $29.38 $61,110
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,860 11.83 37.56 $32.12 $66,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.36 1.15 $35.55 $73,950
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 1.22 3.88 $37.47 $77,940
Baton Rouge, LA 1,080 2.98 9.45 $35.07 $72,940
Lake Charles, LA 1,000 11.47 36.43 $30.29 $62,990
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 590 2.16 6.86 $30.11 $62,630
Tulsa, OK 580 1.39 4.42 $25.13 $52,260
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 570 6.16 19.57 $25.14 $52,290




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 1,860 11.83 37.56 $32.12 $66,810
Lake Charles, LA 1,000 11.47 36.43 $30.29 $62,990
Farmington, NM 360 7.21 22.90 $29.63 $61,620
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 570 6.16 19.57 $25.14 $52,290
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,140 4.15 13.17 $29.38 $61,110
Midland, TX 280 3.59 11.39 $22.90 $47,640
Baton Rouge, LA 1,080 2.98 9.45 $35.07 $72,940
Odessa, TX 200 2.91 9.23 $20.48 $42,600
Laredo, TX 220 2.47 7.83 $19.87 $41,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,120 2.32 7.36 $30.20 $62,820




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.24 $79,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 1.22 3.88 $37.47 $77,940
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.23 $36.39 $75,700
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $36.31 $75,530
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $35.68 $74,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.36 1.15 $35.55 $73,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.11 $35.40 $73,620
Baton Rouge, LA 1,080 2.98 9.45 $35.07 $72,940
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $33.55 $69,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.12 0.38 $33.42 $69,520

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 1,020 4.00 12.72 $24.06 $50,050
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 840 2.20 6.99 $28.54 $59,350
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 590 4.38 13.93 $27.90 $58,040
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 510 4.09 12.99 $29.13 $60,600
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 410 2.51 7.96 $26.52 $55,170

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)
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 7.04 22.34 $30.57 $63,580
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 400 5.41 17.18 $33.56 $69,800
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 220 4.43 14.08 $29.83 $62,050
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 590 4.38 13.93 $27.90 $58,040
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 510 4.09 12.99 $29.13 $60,600

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)
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 1.27 4.03 $33.83 $70,370
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 400 5.41 17.18 $33.56 $69,800
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.44 $32.45 $67,500
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 7.04 22.34 $30.57 $63,580
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.19 3.78 $30.08 $62,560


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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