Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
4,520 7.3 % $25.84 $53,740 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.71 $21.27 $26.16 $30.49 $34.69
Annual Wage (2) $34,760 $44,230 $54,420 $63,420 $72,150


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 1,850 6.57 $27.92 $58,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 610 0.32 $24.49 $50,940
Support Activities for Mining 430 0.11 $21.71 $45,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 150 0.00 $19.24 $40,030
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.10 $18.98 $39,480

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 1,850 6.57 $27.92 $58,070
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.36 $27.27 $56,730
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 80 0.96 $29.15 $60,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 610 0.32 $24.49 $50,940
Support Activities for Mining 430 0.11 $21.71 $45,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $29.94 $62,280
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 80 0.96 $29.15 $60,640
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,850 6.57 $27.92 $58,070
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.36 $27.27 $56,730
Oil and Gas Extraction 610 0.32 $24.49 $50,940


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 890 0.16 4.66 $24.15 $50,230
Texas 410 0.04 1.11 $27.23 $56,640
West Virginia 340 0.48 14.12 $25.76 $53,590
Oklahoma 320 0.21 6.07 $25.17 $52,350
Alabama 200 0.11 3.21 $27.03 $56,220




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 140 0.52 15.16 $28.62 $59,530
West Virginia 340 0.48 14.12 $25.76 $53,590
Oklahoma 320 0.21 6.07 $25.17 $52,350
Pennsylvania 890 0.16 4.66 $24.15 $50,230
North Dakota 60 0.14 4.00 $28.83 $59,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 30 0.02 0.64 $36.16 $75,210
Missouri 50 0.02 0.61 $31.54 $65,600
Ohio 200 0.04 1.14 $30.55 $63,540
California 130 0.01 0.25 $30.55 $63,540
North Dakota 60 0.14 4.00 $28.83 $59,970





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)
Pittsburgh, PA 340 0.30 8.92 $23.67 $49,230
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 2.56 $19.93 $41,450
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 0.05 1.56 $29.47 $61,300
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.21 6.10 $26.18 $54,460
Charleston, WV 70 0.51 15.07 $24.53 $51,010
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 2.10 $29.52 $61,400




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 70 0.51 15.07 $24.53 $51,010
Pittsburgh, PA 340 0.30 8.92 $23.67 $49,230
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.21 6.10 $26.18 $54,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 2.56 $19.93 $41,450
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 2.10 $29.52 $61,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 0.05 1.56 $29.47 $61,300




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)
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 2.10 $29.52 $61,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 0.05 1.56 $29.47 $61,300
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.21 6.10 $26.18 $54,460
Charleston, WV 70 0.51 15.07 $24.53 $51,010
Pittsburgh, PA 340 0.30 8.92 $23.67 $49,230
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 2.56 $19.93 $41,450

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.59 46.60 $26.16 $54,410
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 170 1.08 31.80 $26.03 $54,140
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 38.15 $29.36 $61,060
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 8.88 $26.86 $55,860
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 19.64 $27.90 $58,030

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.59 46.60 $26.16 $54,410
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 38.15 $29.36 $61,060
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 170 1.08 31.80 $26.03 $54,140
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 19.64 $27.90 $58,030
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 8.88 $26.86 $55,860

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 38.15 $29.36 $61,060
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.45 $59,180
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.24 $58,750
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 19.64 $27.90 $58,030
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 8.88 $26.86 $55,860


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.

(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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