Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
4,040 7.6 % $24.48 $50,920 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.59 $19.67 $24.32 $28.83 $34.43
Annual Wage (2) $30,350 $40,920 $50,590 $59,960 $71,620


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 1,370 5.16 $25.31 $52,640
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.81 $28.86 $60,030
Oil and Gas Extraction 780 0.50 $23.57 $49,030
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 190 0.13 $23.58 $49,040
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 190 0.16 $18.91 $39,330

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 1,370 5.16 $25.31 $52,640
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.81 $28.86 $60,030
Oil and Gas Extraction 780 0.50 $23.57 $49,030
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 190 0.16 $18.91 $39,330
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 190 0.13 $23.58 $49,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.81 $28.86 $60,030
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $27.60 $57,410
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,370 5.16 $25.31 $52,640
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 190 0.13 $23.58 $49,040
Oil and Gas Extraction 780 0.50 $23.57 $49,030


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)
New Mexico 790 1.02 32.03 $27.93 $58,090
Texas 370 0.04 1.17 $21.59 $44,900
Pennsylvania 360 0.07 2.08 $24.82 $51,620
West Virginia 360 0.53 16.54 $22.72 $47,270
Oklahoma 250 0.17 5.36 $22.35 $46,480




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)
New Mexico 790 1.02 32.03 $27.93 $58,090
West Virginia 360 0.53 16.54 $22.72 $47,270
Wyoming 130 0.48 15.21 $25.43 $52,900
Oklahoma 250 0.17 5.36 $22.35 $46,480
Mississippi 90 0.08 2.55 $28.98 $60,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 30 0.03 0.88 $29.59 $61,550
Mississippi 90 0.08 2.55 $28.98 $60,270
Ohio 60 0.01 0.38 $28.49 $59,260
New Mexico 790 1.02 32.03 $27.93 $58,090
Colorado 40 0.02 0.50 $27.40 $56,980

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 140 0.26 8.06 $23.17 $48,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 140 0.06 1.76 $24.39 $50,740
Charleston, WV 80 0.56 17.58 (8) (8)
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.05 1.51 $23.84 $49,590
Jackson, MS 50 0.19 5.89 $29.71 $61,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.85 $20.46 $42,550
Tulsa, OK 30 0.07 2.33 $22.86 $47,540




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 80 0.56 17.58 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.26 8.06 $23.17 $48,190
Jackson, MS 50 0.19 5.89 $29.71 $61,800
Tulsa, OK 30 0.07 2.33 $22.86 $47,540
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 140 0.06 1.76 $24.39 $50,740
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.05 1.51 $23.84 $49,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.85 $20.46 $42,550




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)
Jackson, MS 50 0.19 5.89 $29.71 $61,800
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $24.70 $51,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 140 0.06 1.76 $24.39 $50,740
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.05 1.51 $23.84 $49,590
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.26 8.06 $23.17 $48,190
Tulsa, OK 30 0.07 2.33 $22.86 $47,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.85 $20.46 $42,550

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 400 3.29 103.76 $32.97 $68,590
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.57 49.45 $21.12 $43,920
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 19.75 $25.30 $52,630
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 8.13 $23.34 $48,550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 12.10 $24.23 $50,390

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 400 3.29 103.76 $32.97 $68,590
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.57 49.45 $21.12 $43,920
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 20.03 $24.42 $50,790
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 19.75 $25.30 $52,630
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 12.10 $24.23 $50,390

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 400 3.29 103.76 $32.97 $68,590
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 19.75 $25.30 $52,630
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 20.03 $24.42 $50,790
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 12.10 $24.23 $50,390
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.48 $48,830


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