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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
3,440 6.8 % $30.15 $62,710 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.17 $24.01 $31.81 $36.76 $39.96
Annual Wage (2) $37,790 $49,940 $66,160 $76,460 $83,130


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)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,420 4.77 $32.64 $67,890
Natural Gas Distribution 570 0.53 $34.47 $71,690
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 240 0.06 $22.15 $46,080
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 220 0.04 $23.40 $48,670
Oil and Gas Extraction 180 0.13 $31.49 $65,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,420 4.77 $32.64 $67,890
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.60 $35.55 $73,940
Natural Gas Distribution 570 0.53 $34.47 $71,690
Oil and Gas Extraction 180 0.13 $31.49 $65,500
Direct Selling Establishments 90 0.07 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.60 $35.55 $73,940
Natural Gas Distribution 570 0.53 $34.47 $71,690
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,420 4.77 $32.64 $67,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $32.37 $67,330
Support Activities for Mining 60 0.02 $31.51 $65,540


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)
Pennsylvania 540 0.09 3.94 $31.05 $64,580
Massachusetts 250 0.07 2.89 $30.98 $64,430
Oklahoma 230 0.14 5.96 $31.90 $66,350
Texas 220 0.02 0.74 $23.23 $48,320
Ohio 190 0.04 1.51 $35.51 $73,860




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)
North Dakota 170 0.40 17.09 $30.93 $64,340
Wyoming 100 0.37 15.89 $29.33 $61,000
West Virginia 190 0.27 11.69 $32.49 $67,590
Oklahoma 230 0.14 5.96 $31.90 $66,350
Pennsylvania 540 0.09 3.94 $31.05 $64,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 190 0.04 1.51 $35.51 $73,860
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $35.35 $73,530
New Jersey 160 0.04 1.71 $34.61 $71,990
West Virginia 190 0.27 11.69 $32.49 $67,590
Kansas (8) (8) (8) $32.29 $67,170





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.06 2.71 $30.18 $62,780
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.56 $36.07 $75,030
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.20 8.55 $32.71 $68,030
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.04 1.75 $26.24 $54,570
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.09 3.89 $32.15 $66,880
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 50 0.05 2.09 $21.16 $44,020
Charleston, WV 40 0.38 16.02 $31.13 $64,750
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 30 0.03 1.30 $33.85 $70,400




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)
Charleston, WV 40 0.38 16.02 $31.13 $64,750
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.20 8.55 $32.71 $68,030
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.09 3.89 $32.15 $66,880
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.06 2.71 $30.18 $62,780
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 50 0.05 2.09 $21.16 $44,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.04 1.75 $26.24 $54,570
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 30 0.03 1.30 $33.85 $70,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.56 $36.07 $75,030




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.56 $36.07 $75,030
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 30 0.03 1.30 $33.85 $70,400
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.20 8.55 $32.71 $68,030
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.09 3.89 $32.15 $66,880
Charleston, WV 40 0.38 16.02 $31.13 $64,750
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.06 2.71 $30.18 $62,780
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $29.56 $61,490
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.04 1.75 $26.24 $54,570
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $22.92 $47,670
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 50 0.05 2.09 $21.16 $44,020

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)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.80 76.91 $32.24 $67,060
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 18.89 $32.29 $67,170
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 29.60 $33.06 $68,760
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 23.99 $27.40 $56,990

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)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.80 76.91 $32.24 $67,060
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 29.60 $33.06 $68,760
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 23.99 $27.40 $56,990
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 18.89 $32.29 $67,170

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 29.60 $33.06 $68,760
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 18.89 $32.29 $67,170
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.80 76.91 $32.24 $67,060
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.93 $64,330
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 23.99 $27.40 $56,990


About May 2019 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020