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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
Industry profile for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
Geographic profile for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

National estimates for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,480 4.2 % $ 37.31 $ 77,610 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.76 $ 29.85 $ 37.90 $ 45.59 $ 50.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,420 $ 62,090 $ 78,840 $ 94,830 $ 104,470


Industry profile for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,360 18.71 $ 39.12 $ 81,380
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,280 3.44 $ 37.18 $ 77,330
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,730 33.49 $ 35.24 $ 73,300
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,380 19.73 $ 38.17 $ 79,400
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,160 6.98 $ 37.03 $ 77,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,730 33.49 $ 35.24 $ 73,300
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,380 19.73 $ 38.17 $ 79,400
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,360 18.71 $ 39.12 $ 81,380
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,160 6.98 $ 37.03 $ 77,030
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,280 3.44 $ 37.18 $ 77,330

Top paying industries for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,080 0.04 $ 44.94 $ 93,480
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 870 0.24 $ 41.38 $ 86,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 330 0.02 $ 40.54 $ 84,330
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,360 18.71 $ 39.12 $ 81,380
Natural Gas Distribution 220 0.21 $ 38.50 $ 80,090


Geographic profile for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 10,940 0.90 3.11 $ 39.37 $ 81,890
Louisiana 6,540 3.63 12.47 $ 35.94 $ 74,760
California 4,490 0.27 0.94 $ 42.79 $ 89,010
Oklahoma 2,070 1.32 4.55 $ 36.20 $ 75,300
Pennsylvania 1,320 0.24 0.82 $ 31.98 $ 66,510




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 6,540 3.63 12.47 $ 35.94 $ 74,760
Wyoming 780 2.97 10.20 $ 38.34 $ 79,740
Alaska 610 2.05 7.05 $ 39.97 $ 83,140
Oklahoma 2,070 1.32 4.55 $ 36.20 $ 75,300
Montana 520 1.14 3.92 $ 43.25 $ 89,950




Top paying states for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 520 1.14 3.92 $ 43.25 $ 89,950
New Jersey 500 0.13 0.46 $ 42.82 $ 89,070
California 4,490 0.27 0.94 $ 42.79 $ 89,010
New Mexico 500 0.64 2.20 $ 42.01 $ 87,380
Colorado 590 0.23 0.78 $ 40.88 $ 85,030





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,890 1.65 5.66 $ 39.71 $ 82,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,250 0.96 3.31 $ 44.62 $ 92,800
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,080 4.03 13.86 $ 32.28 $ 67,150
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,660 10.87 37.37 $ 44.12 $ 91,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,250 0.22 0.74 $ 42.73 $ 88,870
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 3.15 10.82 $ 41.77 $ 86,880
Corpus Christi, TX 930 5.14 17.67 $ 38.43 $ 79,940
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 860 0.32 1.10 $ 38.91 $ 80,930
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 760 0.21 0.73 $ 37.46 $ 77,910
Tulsa, OK 580 1.36 4.67 $ 38.55 $ 80,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,660 10.87 37.37 $ 44.12 $ 91,780
Corpus Christi, TX 930 5.14 17.67 $ 38.43 $ 79,940
Billings, MT 430 5.14 17.67 $ 45.74 $ 95,130
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,080 4.03 13.86 $ 32.28 $ 67,150
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 130 3.80 13.06 $ 33.70 $ 70,100
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 3.15 10.82 $ 41.77 $ 86,880
Midland, TX 210 2.08 7.15 $ 38.03 $ 79,110
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 290 1.74 5.97 $ 40.38 $ 83,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,890 1.65 5.66 $ 39.71 $ 82,600
Duluth, MN-WI 190 1.60 5.48 $ 28.93 $ 60,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 0.39 1.34 $ 46.40 $ 96,510
Billings, MT 430 5.14 17.67 $ 45.74 $ 95,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,250 0.96 3.31 $ 44.62 $ 92,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 360 0.25 0.85 $ 44.31 $ 92,160
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,660 10.87 37.37 $ 44.12 $ 91,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,250 0.22 0.74 $ 42.73 $ 88,870
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 3.15 10.82 $ 41.77 $ 86,880
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 290 1.74 5.97 $ 40.38 $ 83,980
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 440 0.05 0.17 $ 40.22 $ 83,660
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 39.73 $ 82,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

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 750 3.88 13.33 $ 38.01 $ 79,060
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 640 1.68 5.77 $ 31.14 $ 64,780
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 460 4.59 15.76 $ 40.75 $ 84,760
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 450 2.72 9.35 $ 35.09 $ 72,980
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 430 4.62 15.89 $ 37.73 $ 78,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 430 4.62 15.89 $ 37.73 $ 78,480
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 460 4.59 15.76 $ 40.75 $ 84,760
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 4.13 14.19 $ 35.44 $ 73,720
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 750 3.88 13.33 $ 38.01 $ 79,060
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 3.64 12.50 $ 29.48 $ 61,310

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 370 2.38 8.16 $ 42.77 $ 88,950
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 460 4.59 15.76 $ 40.75 $ 84,760
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 2.76 9.47 $ 40.27 $ 83,770
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.42 1.43 $ 39.06 $ 81,250
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 38.06 $ 79,160


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021