Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
41,700 4.3 % $30.37 $63,160 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.42 $24.08 $30.21 $36.13 $42.81
Annual Wage (2) $38,320 $50,080 $62,830 $75,150 $89,040


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 19,310 17.53 $32.05 $66,660
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,910 3.07 $29.39 $61,130
Support Activities for Mining 4,320 1.03 $25.88 $53,830
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 2,450 2.52 $26.88 $55,920
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,390 32.32 $30.46 $63,360

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 2,390 32.32 $30.46 $63,360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 19,310 17.53 $32.05 $66,660
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,540 14.81 $31.36 $65,230
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,870 6.45 $30.32 $63,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,910 3.07 $29.39 $61,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 510 0.46 $37.71 $78,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $37.67 $78,360
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $34.23 $71,200
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,290 0.89 $33.57 $69,820
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.08 $33.25 $69,150


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 12,670 1.13 3.65 $29.16 $60,660
Louisiana 5,380 2.81 9.09 $30.61 $63,660
California 4,220 0.28 0.90 $36.32 $75,540
Oklahoma 1,830 1.16 3.76 $32.94 $68,520
Pennsylvania 1,460 0.26 0.84 $30.09 $62,580




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 910 3.21 10.41 $30.87 $64,210
Louisiana 5,380 2.81 9.09 $30.61 $63,660
North Dakota 1,010 2.30 7.46 $28.97 $60,260
Alaska 550 1.70 5.51 $34.71 $72,190
New Mexico 960 1.21 3.94 $29.81 $62,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 360 0.15 0.49 $38.87 $80,850
Montana 350 0.79 2.56 $36.46 $75,830
California 4,220 0.28 0.90 $36.32 $75,540
Alaska 550 1.70 5.51 $34.71 $72,190
Washington 1,010 0.35 1.12 $34.46 $71,670





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 4,530 1.59 5.17 $30.24 $62,900
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,990 12.63 40.92 $32.36 $67,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.42 1.37 $36.58 $76,090
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,690 3.12 10.12 $31.66 $65,850
Corpus Christi, TX 1,300 6.95 22.52 $23.61 $49,120
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.18 3.84 $40.27 $83,760
Baton Rouge, LA 840 2.20 7.11 $36.40 $75,700
Tulsa, OK 660 1.55 5.01 $42.86 $89,150
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 570 5.75 18.62 $26.05 $54,190
Lafayette, LA 540 3.48 11.27 $25.07 $52,140




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 1,990 12.63 40.92 $32.36 $67,310
Farmington, NM 430 8.67 28.08 $30.68 $63,820
Corpus Christi, TX 1,300 6.95 22.52 $23.61 $49,120
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 570 5.75 18.62 $26.05 $54,190
Lake Charles, LA 500 5.55 17.97 $31.80 $66,150
Odessa, TX 290 3.92 12.69 $17.16 $35,700
Lafayette, LA 540 3.48 11.27 $25.07 $52,140
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,690 3.12 10.12 $31.66 $65,850
Casper, WY 130 3.10 10.06 $34.53 $71,820
Baton Rouge, LA 840 2.20 7.11 $36.40 $75,700




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)
Tulsa, OK 660 1.55 5.01 $42.86 $89,150
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.18 3.84 $40.27 $83,760
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.26 $79,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.42 1.37 $36.58 $76,090
Baton Rouge, LA 840 2.20 7.11 $36.40 $75,700
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 110 0.17 0.56 $35.83 $74,520
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 0.36 $35.36 $73,540
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $34.98 $72,760
Casper, WY 130 3.10 10.06 $34.53 $71,820
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 520 0.28 0.90 $34.48 $71,720

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 1,350 5.17 16.74 $28.06 $58,370
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 850 2.18 7.07 $30.20 $62,810
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 620 4.56 14.76 $28.67 $59,640
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 6.36 20.62 $34.71 $72,200
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 420 3.36 10.89 $26.96 $56,080

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 290 7.74 25.09 $29.68 $61,740
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 6.36 20.62 $34.71 $72,200
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,350 5.17 16.74 $28.06 $58,370
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 620 4.56 14.76 $28.67 $59,640
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 420 3.36 10.89 $26.96 $56,080

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 6.36 20.62 $34.71 $72,200
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.76 5.69 $33.39 $69,440
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.44 $67,480
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.40 1.30 $31.48 $65,480
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 2.52 8.15 $30.95 $64,380


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015