Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
41,390 4.5 % $29.50 $61,350 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.87 $23.57 $29.77 $35.13 $41.16
Annual Wage (2) $37,160 $49,020 $61,930 $73,080 $85,610


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 20,580 18.50 $31.20 $64,890
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,930 3.08 $28.08 $58,410
Support Activities for Mining 2,820 0.71 $23.58 $49,060
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,440 8.67 $29.77 $61,930
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 2,250 2.35 $26.28 $54,660

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 2,020 31.10 $29.78 $61,940
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,580 18.50 $31.20 $64,890
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,340 15.43 $30.01 $62,410
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,440 8.67 $29.77 $61,930
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,930 3.08 $28.08 $58,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.33 $36.50 $75,920
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 190 0.15 $32.25 $67,070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 240 0.06 $31.20 $64,900
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,580 18.50 $31.20 $64,890
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 110 0.01 $31.11 $64,710


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 13,100 1.20 3.84 $28.49 $59,260
Louisiana 4,520 2.40 7.68 $29.32 $60,990
California 4,290 0.29 0.93 $35.16 $73,130
Oklahoma 1,790 1.15 3.68 $31.12 $64,730
Ohio 1,460 0.28 0.91 $26.67 $55,480




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)
Wyoming 930 3.35 10.72 $30.61 $63,670
Louisiana 4,520 2.40 7.68 $29.32 $60,990
Alaska 430 1.33 4.27 $35.31 $73,450
Texas 13,100 1.20 3.84 $28.49 $59,260
Oklahoma 1,790 1.15 3.68 $31.12 $64,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 320 0.73 2.34 $36.84 $76,630
Alaska 430 1.33 4.27 $35.31 $73,450
California 4,290 0.29 0.93 $35.16 $73,130
Mississippi 970 0.89 2.86 $34.40 $71,550
Colorado 370 0.16 0.52 $34.32 $71,380





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 5,270 1.91 6.12 $30.02 $62,450
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,990 12.74 40.82 $31.96 $66,480
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,660 3.16 10.13 $29.69 $61,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.41 1.30 $35.81 $74,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.17 3.76 $39.32 $81,790
Tulsa, OK 610 1.44 4.61 $40.38 $83,990
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 560 0.30 0.98 $26.58 $55,290
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 500 1.75 5.59 $29.66 $61,700
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 450 4.68 14.99 $24.16 $50,250
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.19 3.82 $35.74 $74,330




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 1,990 12.74 40.82 $31.96 $66,480
Farmington, NM 340 6.77 21.69 $30.21 $62,840
Odessa, TX 340 4.80 15.37 $16.19 $33,680
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 450 4.68 14.99 $24.16 $50,250
Midland, TX 380 4.54 14.54 $27.30 $56,790
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,660 3.16 10.13 $29.69 $61,750
Casper, WY 120 2.93 9.37 $32.31 $67,200
Billings, MT 240 2.90 9.29 $41.18 $85,650
Fairbanks, AK 80 2.17 6.96 $34.13 $70,990
Laredo, TX 180 1.96 6.29 $20.26 $42,150




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)
Billings, MT 240 2.90 9.29 $41.18 $85,650
Tulsa, OK 610 1.44 4.61 $40.38 $83,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.17 3.76 $39.32 $81,790
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.51 $78,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.18 $37.46 $77,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.41 1.30 $35.81 $74,480
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.19 3.82 $35.74 $74,330
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $34.73 $72,240
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $34.52 $71,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 0.29 $34.25 $71,230

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 1,170 4.55 14.57 $24.45 $50,850
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 860 2.21 7.09 $28.27 $58,800
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 660 4.86 15.55 $28.97 $60,260
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 500 4.23 13.55 $25.58 $53,200
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 370 2.26 7.24 $29.44 $61,240

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)
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 7.04 22.55 $30.94 $64,360
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 660 4.86 15.55 $28.97 $60,260
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,170 4.55 14.57 $24.45 $50,850
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.51 14.44 $35.70 $74,250
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 500 4.23 13.55 $25.58 $53,200

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.51 14.44 $35.70 $74,250
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.61 5.14 $35.19 $73,200
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.36 $65,230
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 7.04 22.55 $30.94 $64,360
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.84 $64,160


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