Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-8093 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into 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)
42,320 3.5 % $31.74 $66,020 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.81 $24.73 $31.34 $37.87 $45.25
Annual Wage (2) $39,120 $51,430 $65,190 $78,760 $94,120


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)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,170 18.25 $33.48 $69,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,950 3.07 $30.77 $64,010
Support Activities for Mining 3,760 0.91 $26.55 $55,220
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 2,270 2.31 $26.77 $55,690
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,010 25.67 $31.79 $66,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,010 25.67 $31.79 $66,130
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,170 18.25 $33.48 $69,640
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,880 18.13 $34.13 $70,990
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,870 6.43 $29.95 $62,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,950 3.07 $30.77 $64,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $39.72 $82,620
Natural Gas Distribution 480 0.42 $37.10 $77,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 $36.66 $76,240
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 1,590 1.07 $36.46 $75,850
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,880 18.13 $34.13 $70,990


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 12,120 1.05 3.41 $31.97 $66,510
Louisiana 5,710 2.94 9.59 $31.71 $65,960
California 4,370 0.28 0.92 $36.84 $76,630
Oklahoma 2,120 1.33 4.33 $33.81 $70,330
Pennsylvania 1,500 0.26 0.86 $30.04 $62,490



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 920 3.25 10.58 $32.64 $67,890
Louisiana 5,710 2.94 9.59 $31.71 $65,960
North Dakota 860 1.92 6.25 $31.25 $65,000
Alaska 560 1.70 5.55 $36.10 $75,080
Oklahoma 2,120 1.33 4.33 $33.81 $70,330



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 420 0.17 0.55 $39.92 $83,030
California 4,370 0.28 0.92 $36.84 $76,630
Alaska 560 1.70 5.55 $36.10 $75,080
Kentucky 400 0.22 0.71 $36.06 $75,010
Mississippi 630 0.57 1.86 $35.13 $73,060




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,240 1.45 4.71 $32.24 $67,060
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,320 14.05 45.77 $37.65 $78,310
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,230 4.00 13.02 $32.85 $68,330
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.63 5.32 $38.22 $79,510
Baton Rouge, LA 1,330 3.41 11.10 $33.61 $69,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.31 1.02 $38.06 $79,150
Corpus Christi, TX 930 4.92 16.02 $33.98 $70,680
Tulsa, OK 640 1.48 4.83 $43.65 $90,790
Midland, TX 640 6.85 22.33 $28.64 $59,580
Lafayette, LA 620 2.85 9.30 $27.67 $57,540



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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,320 14.05 45.77 $37.65 $78,310
Midland, TX 640 6.85 22.33 $28.64 $59,580
Lake Charles, LA 490 5.05 16.47 $32.18 $66,920
Corpus Christi, TX 930 4.92 16.02 $33.98 $70,680
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 450 4.68 15.26 $26.07 $54,220
Odessa, TX 340 4.53 14.76 $19.04 $39,610
Casper, WY 180 4.09 13.34 $34.41 $71,570
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,230 4.00 13.02 $32.85 $68,330
Billings, MT 340 3.97 12.94 $36.18 $75,260
Baton Rouge, LA 1,330 3.41 11.10 $33.61 $69,910



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 640 1.48 4.83 $43.65 $90,790
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.20 0.65 $39.40 $81,960
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $38.96 $81,030
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.63 5.32 $38.22 $79,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.31 1.02 $38.06 $79,150
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,320 14.05 45.77 $37.65 $78,310
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 410 0.47 1.52 $37.29 $77,550
Anchorage, AK 40 0.23 0.75 $37.25 $77,470
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.09 0.31 $37.06 $77,080
Billings, MT 340 3.97 12.94 $36.18 $75,260

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,160 5.64 18.39 $30.42 $63,270
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 690 5.43 17.69 $31.62 $65,760
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 640 7.52 24.50 $29.91 $62,220
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 6.31 20.57 $36.24 $75,370
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 450 9.79 31.92 $32.96 $68,550

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 Utah nonmetropolitan area 450 9.79 31.92 $32.96 $68,550
Central-Southeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 300 7.97 25.99 $30.06 $62,520
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 640 7.52 24.50 $29.91 $62,220
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 6.31 20.57 $36.24 $75,370
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,160 5.64 18.39 $30.42 $63,270

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 6.31 20.57 $36.24 $75,370
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 2.55 8.31 $35.99 $74,860
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.85 $72,490
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 430 3.23 10.53 $33.49 $69,670
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 450 9.79 31.92 $32.96 $68,550


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