Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
12,380 3.6 % $29.37 $61,090 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.61 $24.26 $29.39 $34.68 $40.35
Annual Wage (2) $40,800 $50,460 $61,140 $72,130 $83,930


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 4,150 3.88 $30.46 $63,360
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3,350 11.99 $28.72 $59,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,220 0.31 $31.72 $65,980
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,220 0.67 $29.76 $61,910
Local Government (OES Designation) 690 0.01 $23.81 $49,520

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 3,350 11.99 $28.72 $59,740
Natural Gas Distribution 4,150 3.88 $30.46 $63,360
Other Pipeline Transportation 170 2.54 $33.26 $69,170
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,220 0.67 $29.76 $61,910
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 550 0.38 $28.89 $60,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $33.55 $69,790
Other Pipeline Transportation 170 2.54 $33.26 $69,170
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,220 0.31 $31.72 $65,980
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil (8) (8) $31.14 $64,770
Natural Gas Distribution 4,150 3.88 $30.46 $63,360


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 1,970 0.19 1.96 $29.62 $61,610
Pennsylvania 1,180 0.21 2.21 $24.98 $51,960
California 770 0.05 0.57 $35.89 $74,660
Illinois 700 0.12 1.31 $29.28 $60,900
Louisiana 640 0.34 3.59 $30.41 $63,250




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 260 0.93 9.81 $29.72 $61,820
North Dakota 280 0.68 7.18 $36.16 $75,210
Louisiana 640 0.34 3.59 $30.41 $63,250
Oklahoma 480 0.31 3.31 $28.75 $59,800
West Virginia 200 0.28 2.96 $30.54 $63,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.16 1.68 $38.97 $81,050
Wisconsin 140 0.05 0.56 $37.69 $78,390
North Dakota 280 0.68 7.18 $36.16 $75,210
California 770 0.05 0.57 $35.89 $74,660
New York 380 0.04 0.47 $33.92 $70,550





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 760 0.29 3.01 $30.59 $63,630
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.28 2.94 $25.17 $52,350
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.86 $29.93 $62,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.13 1.39 $21.50 $44,730
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 210 0.30 3.19 $27.88 $57,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.42 $34.58 $71,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.31 $32.86 $68,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 0.66 $32.15 $66,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 140 0.06 0.67 $26.33 $54,770
Erie, PA 140 1.06 11.18 $24.59 $51,140




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)
Erie, PA 140 1.06 11.18 $24.59 $51,140
Midland, TX 40 0.57 5.98 $26.34 $54,800
Monroe, LA 40 0.52 5.49 $24.97 $51,940
Charleston, WV 70 0.46 4.85 $26.56 $55,250
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 210 0.30 3.19 $27.88 $57,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 760 0.29 3.01 $30.59 $63,630
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.28 2.94 $25.17 $52,350
Columbia, SC 90 0.26 2.76 $25.32 $52,660
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.23 2.37 $31.33 $65,180
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 70 0.23 2.47 $25.70 $53,450




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)
Anchorage, AK 40 0.21 2.17 $40.26 $83,730
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.50 $40.18 $83,580
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.08 0.82 $38.76 $80,620
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.46 $36.24 $75,380
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $35.29 $73,410
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.55 $35.01 $72,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.42 $34.58 $71,930
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $33.63 $69,950
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $33.43 $69,530
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.31 $32.86 $68,350

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 180 0.71 7.48 $29.75 $61,880
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 160 1.54 16.19 $28.45 $59,180
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.88 9.24 $29.12 $60,560
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.00 10.54 $25.73 $53,510
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.85 8.96 $32.70 $68,010

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 100 1.63 17.21 $32.92 $68,470
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 160 1.54 16.19 $28.45 $59,180
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 1.40 14.72 $27.03 $56,220
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.35 14.20 $27.61 $57,440
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 1.33 13.97 $22.63 $47,060

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 100 1.63 17.21 $32.92 $68,470
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.85 8.96 $32.70 $68,010
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.15 $32.34 $67,270
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 7.32 $31.21 $64,920
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.71 7.48 $29.75 $61,880


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013