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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
38,930 3.7 % $33.96 $70,630 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.15 $26.40 $34.07 $41.37 $47.35
Annual Wage (2) $44,000 $54,910 $70,860 $86,060 $98,480


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 18,900 16.82 $36.10 $75,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,120 2.91 $31.87 $66,280
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,910 32.11 $34.63 $72,030
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 2,190 0.39 $30.03 $62,460
Support Activities for Mining 2,170 0.68 $27.65 $57,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,910 32.11 $34.63 $72,030
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 18,900 16.82 $36.10 $75,080
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,280 11.84 $33.08 $68,800
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,020 7.00 $34.13 $70,980
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,120 2.91 $31.87 $66,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $43.73 $90,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 500 0.02 $36.18 $75,260
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 18,900 16.82 $36.10 $75,080
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 1,510 0.42 $35.93 $74,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $35.91 $74,700


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 10,300 0.85 3.16 $34.91 $72,610
California 4,740 0.28 1.04 $39.09 $81,310
Louisiana 4,280 2.24 8.31 $34.58 $71,930
Oklahoma 1,850 1.16 4.32 $34.14 $71,020
Pennsylvania 1,810 0.31 1.15 $28.57 $59,430




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 900 3.34 12.41 $35.71 $74,270
Louisiana 4,280 2.24 8.31 $34.58 $71,930
Alaska 540 1.71 6.36 $37.89 $78,810
North Dakota 700 1.67 6.21 $34.09 $70,900
Oklahoma 1,850 1.16 4.32 $34.14 $71,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,740 0.28 1.04 $39.09 $81,310
Montana 430 0.93 3.47 $38.63 $80,340
Illinois 930 0.16 0.58 $38.11 $79,260
Alaska 540 1.71 6.36 $37.89 $78,810
Colorado 470 0.18 0.67 $37.21 $77,390





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 4,670 1.57 5.82 $34.55 $71,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,970 0.81 3.02 $42.61 $88,630
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,630 10.23 38.03 $39.26 $81,670
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,520 2.75 10.21 $37.60 $78,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,410 0.23 0.86 $38.16 $79,360
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,160 0.41 1.51 $32.18 $66,930
Corpus Christi, TX 980 5.20 19.34 $37.51 $78,020
Baton Rouge, LA 800 2.02 7.52 $37.59 $78,190
Pittsburgh, PA 710 0.62 2.31 $27.84 $57,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 590 0.17 0.62 $34.22 $71,170




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 1,630 10.23 38.03 $39.26 $81,670
Farmington, NM 330 6.88 25.59 $31.95 $66,460
Corpus Christi, TX 980 5.20 19.34 $37.51 $78,020
Lake Charles, LA 530 4.59 17.05 $34.06 $70,850
Billings, MT 380 4.51 16.75 $39.62 $82,410
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 470 3.12 11.58 $42.70 $88,810
Midland, TX 310 3.10 11.52 $30.34 $63,110
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,520 2.75 10.21 $37.60 $78,210
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 230 2.73 10.13 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 800 2.02 7.52 $37.59 $78,190




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 (8) (8) (8) $42.79 $89,010
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 470 3.12 11.58 $42.70 $88,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,970 0.81 3.02 $42.61 $88,630
Toledo, OH 400 1.35 5.02 $40.61 $84,460
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 90 0.50 1.84 $40.41 $84,050
Billings, MT 380 4.51 16.75 $39.62 $82,410
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,630 10.23 38.03 $39.26 $81,670
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 300 0.20 0.76 $38.99 $81,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,410 0.23 0.86 $38.16 $79,360
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,520 2.75 10.21 $37.60 $78,210

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 550 2.80 10.43 $33.80 $70,290
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 4.11 15.26 $33.42 $69,520
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 490 1.26 4.68 $27.55 $57,300
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 470 2.78 10.35 $28.66 $59,610
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 460 2.93 10.91 $34.12 $70,960

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 450 5.36 19.93 $34.03 $70,790
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 400 4.11 15.29 $39.30 $81,740
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 4.11 15.26 $33.42 $69,520
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 360 3.41 12.68 $39.14 $81,410
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 2.94 10.92 $30.08 $62,570

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)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 400 4.11 15.29 $39.30 $81,740
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.14 $81,410
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 360 3.41 12.68 $39.14 $81,410
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.23 $75,370
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 1.76 $34.31 $71,360


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019