Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
13,890 4.0 % $30.18 $62,770 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.69 $24.81 $30.62 $35.31 $41.56
Annual Wage (2) $40,950 $51,600 $63,680 $73,450 $86,440


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 5,490 5.04 $30.36 $63,160
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3,030 10.78 $30.32 $63,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,460 0.76 $29.65 $61,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 600 0.01 $24.70 $51,370
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 490 0.34 $27.47 $57,140

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 3,030 10.78 $30.32 $63,070
Natural Gas Distribution 5,490 5.04 $30.36 $63,160
Other Pipeline Transportation 150 2.36 $32.93 $68,490
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,460 0.76 $29.65 $61,670
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 490 0.34 $27.47 $57,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $36.57 $76,060
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $34.66 $72,090
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.07 $33.61 $69,910
Other Pipeline Transportation 150 2.36 $32.93 $68,490
Natural Gas Distribution 5,490 5.04 $30.36 $63,160


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 1,820 0.17 1.59 $30.85 $64,170
Pennsylvania 1,410 0.25 2.40 $24.31 $50,570
California 1,300 0.09 0.85 $35.74 $74,340
Michigan 820 0.21 1.97 $31.21 $64,920
Illinois 780 0.14 1.31 $29.00 $60,320




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 410 1.46 13.96 $29.52 $61,400
North Dakota 270 0.64 6.11 $37.10 $77,170
New Mexico 400 0.51 4.86 $27.43 $57,060
Alaska 130 0.42 3.97 (8) (8)
West Virginia 290 0.41 3.95 $31.20 $64,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 170 0.06 0.59 $38.13 $79,300
North Dakota 270 0.64 6.11 $37.10 $77,170
California 1,300 0.09 0.85 $35.74 $74,340
New York 440 0.05 0.48 $34.97 $72,740
Mississippi 50 0.04 0.42 $33.49 $69,660





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 650 0.24 2.25 $31.45 $65,420
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 1.04 $27.92 $58,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.91 $34.10 $70,930
Pittsburgh, PA 370 0.33 3.13 $23.68 $49,250
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.39 3.74 $29.69 $61,760
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.13 1.26 $21.97 $45,690
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 230 0.18 1.75 $32.40 $67,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.70 $32.28 $67,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 160 0.13 1.22 $35.61 $74,070
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 160 0.13 1.22 $38.16 $79,370




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)
Erie, PA 140 1.11 10.64 $24.66 $51,300
Charleston, WV 150 1.04 9.89 $29.54 $61,450
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 70 0.48 4.57 $33.65 $69,980
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.39 3.74 $29.69 $61,760
Anchorage, AK 60 0.36 3.42 $37.65 $78,310
Pittsburgh, PA 370 0.33 3.13 $23.68 $49,250
Tulsa, OK 140 0.32 3.09 $27.95 $58,140
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 130 0.25 2.42 $34.26 $71,250
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 650 0.24 2.25 $31.45 $65,420
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 1.97 $32.09 $66,740




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 30 0.07 0.62 $40.79 $84,850
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 160 0.13 1.22 $38.16 $79,370
Anchorage, AK 60 0.36 3.42 $37.65 $78,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.02 0.22 $37.44 $77,870
Bakersfield-Delano, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.06 $77,080
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $36.17 $75,240
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 160 0.13 1.22 $35.61 $74,070
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $35.31 $73,450
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 150 0.12 1.17 $35.01 $72,820
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 130 0.25 2.42 $34.26 $71,250

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 250 4.03 38.52 $30.80 $64,070
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.69 6.58 $32.18 $66,930
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 170 1.04 9.96 $26.75 $55,630
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 2.14 20.40 (8) (8)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 7.77 $31.51 $65,530

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 250 4.03 38.52 $30.80 $64,070
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.20 21.01 $30.44 $63,320
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 2.14 20.40 (8) (8)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.75 16.74 $28.07 $58,380
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.60 15.32 $26.49 $55,110

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 4.96 $38.54 $80,150
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.30 $69,260
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 3.11 $32.54 $67,680
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.69 6.58 $32.18 $66,930
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 7.77 $31.51 $65,530


About May 2013 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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