Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
16,790 3.9 % $31.65 $65,830 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.90 $26.16 $31.74 $36.92 $43.63
Annual Wage (2) $43,460 $54,410 $66,010 $76,790 $90,740


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 7,070 6.26 $32.73 $68,080
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 4,140 14.19 $31.16 $64,820
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,920 0.99 $31.43 $65,370
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 880 0.22 $36.12 $75,130
Local Government (OES Designation) 690 0.01 $23.85 $49,610

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 4,140 14.19 $31.16 $64,820
Natural Gas Distribution 7,070 6.26 $32.73 $68,080
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 380 3.71 $32.47 $67,540
Other Pipeline Transportation 120 1.55 $31.88 $66,310
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,920 0.99 $31.43 $65,370

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 880 0.22 $36.12 $75,130
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.11 $35.18 $73,180
Natural Gas Distribution 7,070 6.26 $32.73 $68,080
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 380 3.71 $32.47 $67,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $32.11 $66,800


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 2,550 0.22 1.81 $29.84 $62,060
California 1,700 0.11 0.90 $38.99 $81,100
Pennsylvania 1,180 0.21 1.70 $25.90 $53,870
Michigan 1,000 0.24 1.98 $32.94 $68,510
Oklahoma 970 0.61 4.97 $26.77 $55,670




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 650 2.30 18.91 $30.79 $64,040
North Dakota 670 1.49 12.28 (8) (8)
Oklahoma 970 0.61 4.97 $26.77 $55,670
West Virginia 350 0.50 4.07 $30.99 $64,460
Louisiana 650 0.33 2.74 $29.52 $61,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 100 0.04 0.29 $42.41 $88,200
California 1,700 0.11 0.90 $38.99 $81,100
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $36.03 $74,940
Oregon 110 0.06 0.53 $35.73 $74,310
New York 280 0.03 0.26 $35.73 $74,310





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 800 0.27 2.24 $30.20 $62,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.19 1.55 $36.77 $76,490
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.13 1.07 $33.63 $69,940
Tulsa, OK 340 0.79 6.47 $26.06 $54,200
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.28 2.31 $25.77 $53,600
Oklahoma City, OK 270 0.45 3.70 $23.97 $49,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.09 0.74 $34.68 $72,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 0.72 $27.91 $58,060
Charleston, WV 190 1.63 13.38 $30.16 $62,740
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 180 0.16 1.29 $30.63 $63,710




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)
Midland, TX 180 1.97 16.19 $30.26 $62,930
Charleston, WV 190 1.63 13.38 $30.16 $62,740
Odessa, TX 60 0.82 6.77 $30.93 $64,330
Tulsa, OK 340 0.79 6.47 $26.06 $54,200
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 90 0.71 5.87 $30.53 $63,500
Amarillo, TX 70 0.63 5.17 $28.53 $59,330
Longview, TX 60 0.61 4.99 $28.11 $58,470
Fort Smith, AR-OK 70 0.61 5.01 $29.66 $61,690
Oklahoma City, OK 270 0.45 3.70 $23.97 $49,850
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 80 0.30 2.50 $22.78 $47,390




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $43.79 $91,090
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 40 0.05 0.39 $41.14 $85,560
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA (8) (8) (8) $39.58 $82,330
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.12 0.98 $39.39 $81,930
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 160 0.12 0.98 $38.77 $80,650
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.02 0.16 $38.24 $79,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.19 1.55 $36.77 $76,490
Bakersfield, CA 40 0.14 1.18 $35.72 $74,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.57 $34.85 $72,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.09 0.74 $34.68 $72,140

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 2.10 17.26 $31.39 $65,300
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 5.38 44.17 $31.33 $65,160
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 2.75 22.58 $30.53 $63,500
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 170 1.07 8.77 $25.73 $53,510
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 0.80 6.53 $29.55 $61,460

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 5.38 44.17 $31.33 $65,160
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 2.75 22.58 $30.53 $63,500
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.25 18.46 $30.73 $63,910
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 2.15 17.64 $32.65 $67,910
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 2.10 17.26 $31.39 $65,300

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $44.56 $92,680
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.83 $82,850
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.92 $72,640
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.83 6.85 $33.86 $70,420
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 1.44 11.80 $32.79 $68,200


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016