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Pipeline Transportation: NAICS 486

About the Pipeline Transportation subsector

The pipeline transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Pipeline Transportation subsector use transmission pipelines to transport products, such as crude oil, natural gas, refined petroleum products, and slurry. Industries are identified based on the products transported (i.e., pipeline transportation of crude oil, natural gas, refined petroleum products, and other products).

The Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas industry includes the storage of natural gas because the storage is usually done by the pipeline establishment and because a pipeline is inherently a network in which all the nodes are interdependent.

North American Industry Classification System

The pipeline transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: NAICS 4861
  • Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas: NAICS 4862
  • Other Pipeline Transportation: NAICS 4869

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in pipeline transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
data
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

47.6 47.6 (p)47.8 (p)47.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

40.7 40.3 (p)40.2  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2018

Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

1,960

Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators

1,460

Gas plant operators

4,790

Industrial machinery mechanics

3,380

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

6,210

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for pipeline transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in pipeline transportation.

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Aug.
2019
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$40.97 $40.96 $41.40 (p)$41.53

Average weekly hours

45.9 47.0 46.7 (p)46.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2018
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

30.62 30.03 63,690 62,460

Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators

32.70 31.87 68,020 66,290

Gas plant operators

33.95 34.11 70,610 70,950

Industrial machinery mechanics

30.24 30.15 62,890 62,710

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

34.28 34.15 71,310 71,030

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in pipeline transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2014 2015 2016 2017

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

3 3 7 4

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

0.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.2

Cases involving days away from work

 

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

 

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in pipeline transportation.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

3,048 3,093 (p)3,121 (p)3,132

Local government

20 20 (p)20 (p)20

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: January 29, 2020