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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-7071 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Operate steam-, gas-, electric motor-, or internal combustion-engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.


National estimates for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
Industry profile for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
Geographic profile for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

National estimates for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,910 6.1 % $ 32.27 $ 67,130 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.51 $ 23.75 $ 34.00 $ 38.70 $ 43.63
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,490 $ 49,400 $ 70,720 $ 80,500 $ 90,740


Industry profile for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,080 3.59 $ 36.60 $ 76,120
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.33 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 280 0.08 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.04 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Direct Selling Establishments 190 0.15 $ 21.07 $ 43,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,080 3.59 $ 36.60 $ 76,120
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.33 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.18 $ 37.27 $ 77,510
Direct Selling Establishments 190 0.15 $ 21.07 $ 43,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 280 0.08 $ 22.35 $ 46,490

Top paying industries for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $ 44.59 $ 92,750
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.18 $ 37.27 $ 77,510
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.33 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,080 3.59 $ 36.60 $ 76,120
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $ 30.44 $ 63,310


Geographic profile for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of gas compressor and gas pumping station operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 270 0.05 2.36 $ 27.79 $ 57,810
Texas 240 0.02 0.93 $ 25.00 $ 52,010
West Virginia 210 0.32 15.70 $ 31.12 $ 64,730
Ohio 200 0.04 1.88 $ 38.57 $ 80,220
Colorado 140 0.05 2.61 $ 37.03 $ 77,020


Map of location quotient of gas compressor and gas pumping station operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 210 0.32 15.70 $ 31.12 $ 64,730
North Dakota 110 0.27 13.16 $ 38.30 $ 79,670
Montana 90 0.19 9.29 $ 36.55 $ 76,020
Nebraska 140 0.15 7.02 $ 31.02 $ 64,530
New Mexico 110 0.14 6.81 $ 38.72 $ 80,530


Map of annual mean wages of gas compressor and gas pumping station operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 80 0.03 1.33 $ 45.06 $ 93,710
New Mexico 110 0.14 6.81 $ 38.72 $ 80,530
Ohio 200 0.04 1.88 $ 38.57 $ 80,220
North Dakota 110 0.27 13.16 $ 38.30 $ 79,670
Colorado 140 0.05 2.61 $ 37.03 $ 77,020



Map of employment of gas compressor and gas pumping station operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 130 0.05 2.35 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.04 2.09 $ 30.34 $ 63,110
Charleston, WV 40 0.43 20.85 $ 32.50 $ 67,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 30 0.02 1.09 $ 44.36 $ 92,260


Map of location quotient of gas compressor and gas pumping station operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston, WV 40 0.43 20.85 $ 32.50 $ 67,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 130 0.05 2.35 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.04 2.09 $ 30.34 $ 63,110
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 30 0.02 1.09 $ 44.36 $ 92,260


Map of annual mean wages of gas compressor and gas pumping station operators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 30 0.02 1.09 $ 44.36 $ 92,260
Charleston, WV 40 0.43 20.85 $ 32.50 $ 67,600
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.04 2.09 $ 30.34 $ 63,110
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 130 0.05 2.35 $ 24.64 $ 51,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.99 47.73 $ 38.26 $ 79,570
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 10.89 $ 35.80 $ 74,460
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 22.63 $ 38.86 $ 80,820
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 51.49 $ 37.92 $ 78,870
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 10.33 $ 35.84 $ 74,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 51.49 $ 37.92 $ 78,870
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.99 47.73 $ 38.26 $ 79,570
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 22.63 $ 38.86 $ 80,820
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 10.89 $ 35.80 $ 74,460
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 10.33 $ 35.84 $ 74,550

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 22.63 $ 38.86 $ 80,820
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.99 47.73 $ 38.26 $ 79,570
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 51.49 $ 37.92 $ 78,870
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 10.33 $ 35.84 $ 74,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 10.89 $ 35.80 $ 74,460


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022