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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
38,700 4.0 % $32.78 $68,190 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.20 $25.09 $32.58 $39.47 $46.94
Annual Wage (2) $42,020 $52,180 $67,770 $82,090 $97,640


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 20,310 18.00 $34.59 $71,940
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,870 2.86 $31.42 $65,340
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,480 30.49 $33.73 $70,160
Support Activities for Mining 2,080 0.76 $25.69 $53,430
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,990 6.84 $32.11 $66,790

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 2,480 30.49 $33.73 $70,160
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,310 18.00 $34.59 $71,940
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,910 15.85 $34.71 $72,210
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,990 6.84 $32.11 $66,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,870 2.86 $31.42 $65,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,910 15.85 $34.71 $72,210
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,310 18.00 $34.59 $71,940
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $34.57 $71,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 370 0.02 $34.14 $71,020
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,480 30.49 $33.73 $70,160


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 10,190 0.86 3.16 $34.51 $71,790
Louisiana 5,330 2.80 10.33 $32.47 $67,530
California 4,530 0.27 1.00 $37.34 $77,660
Pennsylvania 1,550 0.27 0.99 $27.28 $56,740
Oklahoma 1,470 0.93 3.44 $35.27 $73,360




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 890 3.31 12.18 $34.58 $71,920
Louisiana 5,330 2.80 10.33 $32.47 $67,530
North Dakota 720 1.72 6.35 $33.45 $69,570
Alaska 350 1.09 4.02 $40.74 $84,730
New Mexico 850 1.06 3.92 $31.76 $66,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 350 1.09 4.02 $40.74 $84,730
California 4,530 0.27 1.00 $37.34 $77,660
Hawaii 290 0.46 1.69 $37.32 $77,620
Colorado 450 0.18 0.65 $36.89 $76,720
Oklahoma 1,470 0.93 3.44 $35.27 $73,360



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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 4,010 1.37 5.04 $33.21 $69,080
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,180 13.61 50.13 $39.78 $82,740
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,180 3.93 14.49 $34.38 $71,510
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,690 1.49 5.48 $40.00 $83,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.36 1.34 $37.02 $77,000
Baton Rouge, LA 1,280 3.26 12.00 $34.58 $71,930
Corpus Christi, TX 1,070 5.66 20.83 $39.29 $81,720
Tulsa, OK 510 1.19 4.38 $38.32 $79,710
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 480 3.22 11.87 $41.40 $86,120
Lake Charles, LA 480 4.25 15.67 $32.41 $67,420


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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 2,180 13.61 50.13 $39.78 $82,740
Farmington, NM 290 5.99 22.07 $30.59 $63,630
Corpus Christi, TX 1,070 5.66 20.83 $39.29 $81,720
Billings, MT 410 4.71 17.36 $32.86 $68,350
Lake Charles, LA 480 4.25 15.67 $32.41 $67,420
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,180 3.93 14.49 $34.38 $71,510
Baton Rouge, LA 1,280 3.26 12.00 $34.58 $71,930
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 480 3.22 11.87 $41.40 $86,120
Midland, TX 280 3.20 11.77 $32.63 $67,870
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 210 2.52 9.28 $25.47 $52,970


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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)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 480 3.22 11.87 $41.40 $86,120
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,690 1.49 5.48 $40.00 $83,190
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,180 13.61 50.13 $39.78 $82,740
Corpus Christi, TX 1,070 5.66 20.83 $39.29 $81,720
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.20 0.74 $39.14 $81,410
Tulsa, OK 510 1.19 4.38 $38.32 $79,710
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.20 0.74 $38.10 $79,250
Toledo, OH 440 1.49 5.50 $37.94 $78,910
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.34 $77,670
Urban Honolulu, HI 270 0.58 2.15 $37.32 $77,630

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 600 3.12 11.51 $35.18 $73,170
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 540 4.24 15.62 $32.59 $67,790
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 390 2.72 10.03 $33.58 $69,840
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 380 2.25 8.29 $30.10 $62,610
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 5.29 19.50 $33.90 $70,510

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)
Central-Southeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 270 7.48 27.56 $35.03 $72,860
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 5.29 19.50 $33.90 $70,510
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 540 4.24 15.62 $32.59 $67,790
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.32 12.22 $44.30 $92,140
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 310 3.21 11.81 $27.86 $57,950

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.32 12.22 $44.30 $92,140
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.19 $77,350
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.67 9.83 $35.66 $74,170
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 180 2.96 10.90 $35.52 $73,880
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 600 3.12 11.51 $35.18 $73,170


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018