Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
13,480 5.3 % $27.72 $57,660 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.63 $23.29 $27.50 $32.29 $37.51
Annual Wage (2) $38,760 $48,450 $57,200 $67,160 $78,010


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 4,220 3.90 $27.36 $56,900
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3,300 12.44 $27.71 $57,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,950 1.26 $27.75 $57,720
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,510 1.06 $28.43 $59,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 950 0.24 $29.45 $61,260

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 3,300 12.44 $27.71 $57,630
Natural Gas Distribution 4,220 3.90 $27.36 $56,900
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.77 $27.84 $57,900
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,950 1.26 $27.75 $57,720
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,510 1.06 $28.43 $59,130

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 950 0.24 $29.45 $61,260
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,510 1.06 $28.43 $59,130
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 70 0.82 $27.95 $58,130
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.77 $27.84 $57,900
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,950 1.26 $27.75 $57,720


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 2,260 0.22 2.11 $26.92 $55,980
New York 1,160 0.14 1.31 $32.41 $67,420
Pennsylvania 980 0.18 1.68 $24.22 $50,370
Louisiana 680 0.37 3.48 $26.18 $54,450
Massachusetts 620 0.20 1.88 $34.62 $72,010




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 570 2.13 20.05 $26.87 $55,900
North Dakota 390 1.09 10.32 $29.75 $61,880
Louisiana 680 0.37 3.48 $26.18 $54,450
Oklahoma 400 0.27 2.54 $26.97 $56,090
Iowa 330 0.23 2.19 $25.58 $53,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 620 0.20 1.88 $34.62 $72,010
New York 1,160 0.14 1.31 $32.41 $67,420
California 470 0.03 0.32 $32.37 $67,340
Washington 60 0.02 0.20 $32.28 $67,130
New Jersey 100 0.03 0.26 $31.39 $65,280

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 660 0.26 2.47 $27.33 $56,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.14 1.36 $30.89 $64,250
Pittsburgh, PA 210 0.19 1.77 $24.73 $51,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.70 $30.08 $62,570
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 0.81 $25.42 $52,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.27 $33.10 $68,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 140 0.07 0.61 $25.01 $52,030
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.24 2.28 $28.74 $59,780
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 120 0.22 2.09 $27.92 $58,070
Tulsa, OK 110 0.28 2.66 $25.92 $53,920




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)
Longview, TX 70 0.82 7.70 $19.33 $40,210
Erie, PA 100 0.77 7.30 $27.43 $57,040
Midland, TX 40 0.63 5.90 $23.47 $48,830
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.59 5.59 $19.46 $40,480
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.38 3.54 $27.30 $56,790
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 100 0.30 2.84 $27.79 $57,800
Tulsa, OK 110 0.28 2.66 $25.92 $53,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 660 0.26 2.47 $27.33 $56,840
Corpus Christi, TX 40 0.25 2.33 $28.98 $60,280
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.24 2.28 $28.74 $59,780





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)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.09 0.85 $37.30 $77,590
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.45 $36.32 $75,540
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $36.03 $74,940
Rochester, NY 40 0.07 0.70 $33.83 $70,360
Syracuse, NY 60 0.21 2.01 $33.60 $69,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.27 $33.10 $68,860
Denver-Aurora, CO (8) (8) (8) $32.42 $67,440
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $32.25 $67,070
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.27 $31.54 $65,610
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.12 1.14 $31.22 $64,930

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 340 1.42 13.40 $26.23 $54,560
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 5.63 53.09 $27.86 $57,950
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 2.41 22.73 $28.09 $58,420
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.20 11.28 $28.35 $58,980
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.82 7.70 $25.63 $53,310

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 340 5.63 53.09 $27.86 $57,950
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 2.41 22.73 $28.09 $58,420
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 2.18 20.53 $26.35 $54,810
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 340 1.42 13.40 $26.23 $54,560
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.20 11.28 $28.35 $58,980

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 2.26 $28.58 $59,440
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.61 $28.49 $59,250
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.20 11.28 $28.35 $58,980
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.01 $28.30 $58,870
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 2.41 22.73 $28.09 $58,420


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011