Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
4,100 7.1 % $27.65 $57,510 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.79 $24.03 $28.06 $32.65 $36.83
Annual Wage (2) $37,010 $49,990 $58,350 $67,910 $76,620


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 1,620 5.54 $29.35 $61,050
Natural Gas Distribution 560 0.50 $29.97 $62,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.24 $30.07 $62,540
Support Activities for Mining 450 0.11 $26.17 $54,430
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 210 0.14 $21.38 $44,470

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 1,620 5.54 $29.35 $61,050
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 110 1.08 $30.24 $62,900
Natural Gas Distribution 560 0.50 $29.97 $62,330
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.39 $23.36 $48,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.24 $30.07 $62,540

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 60 0.01 $31.14 $64,780
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 110 1.08 $30.24 $62,900
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.24 $30.07 $62,540
Natural Gas Distribution 560 0.50 $29.97 $62,330
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,620 5.54 $29.35 $61,050


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)
Pennsylvania 540 0.09 3.15 $26.44 $55,000
West Virginia 490 0.70 23.52 $28.50 $59,280
Oklahoma 300 0.19 6.24 $29.12 $60,570
North Dakota 250 0.56 18.93 $29.77 $61,910
Texas 240 0.02 0.71 $26.51 $55,140




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)
West Virginia 490 0.70 23.52 $28.50 $59,280
Wyoming 190 0.67 22.62 $30.53 $63,490
North Dakota 250 0.56 18.93 $29.77 $61,910
New Mexico 220 0.27 9.23 $28.87 $60,040
Oklahoma 300 0.19 6.24 $29.12 $60,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 170 0.03 1.09 $32.05 $66,670
Wyoming 190 0.67 22.62 $30.53 $63,490
California 60 0.00 0.13 $30.35 $63,130
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $30.33 $63,090
North Dakota 250 0.56 18.93 $29.77 $61,910





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)
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.19 6.43 $25.94 $53,960
Charleston, WV 90 0.81 27.10 $28.19 $58,640
Tulsa, OK 50 0.10 3.50 $33.41 $69,490
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.22 $26.26 $54,630
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.23 7.74 $33.11 $68,870




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 0.81 27.10 $28.19 $58,640
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.23 7.74 $33.11 $68,870
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.19 6.43 $25.94 $53,960
Tulsa, OK 50 0.10 3.50 $33.41 $69,490
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.22 $26.26 $54,630




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 50 0.10 3.50 $33.41 $69,490
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.23 7.74 $33.11 $68,870
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $29.00 $60,320
Charleston, WV 90 0.81 27.10 $28.19 $58,640
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.22 $26.26 $54,630
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.19 6.43 $25.94 $53,960
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN (8) (8) (8) $19.59 $40,740

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 340 2.28 76.71 $28.84 $59,980
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 2.45 82.51 $28.34 $58,950
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 33.88 $29.78 $61,940
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 60.59 $30.46 $63,360
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.27 42.59 $30.75 $63,960

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 2.45 82.51 $28.34 $58,950
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 340 2.28 76.71 $28.84 $59,980
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 60.59 $30.46 $63,360
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.27 42.59 $30.75 $63,960
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 33.88 $29.78 $61,940

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)
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.74 24.83 $36.03 $74,940
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.27 42.59 $30.75 $63,960
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 60.59 $30.46 $63,360
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 33.88 $29.78 $61,940
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 340 2.28 76.71 $28.84 $59,980


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