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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
40,370 4.5 % $35.49 $73,830 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.78 $28.06 $35.66 $43.30 $48.11
Annual Wage (2) $47,380 $58,370 $74,180 $90,060 $100,070


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 20,910 18.63 $37.27 $77,520
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,640 3.29 $34.94 $72,680
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,470 29.64 $34.46 $71,690
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,200 7.36 $34.92 $72,640
Support Activities for Mining 1,960 0.56 $28.77 $59,850

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 2,470 29.64 $34.46 $71,690
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,910 18.63 $37.27 $77,520
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,810 15.35 $36.96 $76,870
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,200 7.36 $34.92 $72,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,640 3.29 $34.94 $72,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 910 0.25 $40.61 $84,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 450 0.02 $39.93 $83,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 300 0.02 $38.65 $80,380
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,910 18.63 $37.27 $77,520
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,810 15.35 $36.96 $76,870


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 11,170 0.90 3.27 $37.14 $77,260
Louisiana 5,710 2.97 10.82 $35.25 $73,320
California 4,360 0.25 0.91 $41.67 $86,670
Oklahoma 1,980 1.23 4.46 $33.25 $69,150
Pennsylvania 1,900 0.32 1.17 $28.21 $58,680




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)
Louisiana 5,710 2.97 10.82 $35.25 $73,320
Wyoming 730 2.68 9.77 $38.27 $79,610
Alaska 550 1.74 6.34 $39.05 $81,230
Oklahoma 1,980 1.23 4.46 $33.25 $69,150
North Dakota 470 1.12 4.07 $31.51 $65,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 480 1.03 3.75 $42.61 $88,630
California 4,360 0.25 0.91 $41.67 $86,670
Illinois 840 0.14 0.51 $40.27 $83,760
Colorado 590 0.22 0.81 $39.69 $82,560
Alaska 550 1.74 6.34 $39.05 $81,230





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 5,040 1.65 6.01 $37.85 $78,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,250 0.91 3.32 $43.55 $90,580
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,800 3.23 11.76 $32.37 $67,340
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,650 10.23 37.23 $42.14 $87,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,140 0.18 0.67 $41.39 $86,100
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,050 0.36 1.33 $32.98 $68,590
Baton Rouge, LA 1,030 2.61 9.48 $40.25 $83,720
Corpus Christi, TX 880 4.65 16.91 $36.37 $75,650
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 850 0.23 0.84 $35.43 $73,690
Tulsa, OK 560 1.26 4.60 $37.24 $77,470




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 1,650 10.23 37.23 $42.14 $87,660
Billings, MT 420 4.90 17.84 $43.99 $91,500
Corpus Christi, TX 880 4.65 16.91 $36.37 $75,650
Lima, OH 210 4.23 15.39 $26.29 $54,690
Farmington, NM 190 4.06 14.76 $35.94 $74,750
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,800 3.23 11.76 $32.37 $67,340
Midland, TX 360 3.23 11.74 $33.99 $70,690
Baton Rouge, LA 1,030 2.61 9.48 $40.25 $83,720
Odessa, TX 170 2.04 7.41 $27.90 $58,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,040 1.65 6.01 $37.85 $78,720




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)
Billings, MT 420 4.90 17.84 $43.99 $91,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,250 0.91 3.32 $43.55 $90,580
Anchorage, AK 60 0.32 1.18 $43.46 $90,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 340 0.23 0.82 $42.90 $89,230
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,650 10.23 37.23 $42.14 $87,660
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 110 0.57 2.09 $41.97 $87,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,140 0.18 0.67 $41.39 $86,100
Toledo, OH 380 1.27 4.61 $41.18 $85,650
Baton Rouge, LA 1,030 2.61 9.48 $40.25 $83,720
Bakersfield, CA 360 1.14 4.13 $39.76 $82,700

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 780 3.88 14.13 $35.48 $73,800
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 650 1.65 5.99 $30.01 $62,420
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 540 3.29 11.99 $37.12 $77,220
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 480 2.86 10.39 $28.99 $60,290
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 4.40 16.00 $38.60 $80,290

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 4.40 16.00 $38.60 $80,290
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 420 4.26 15.51 $37.77 $78,560
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 360 4.19 15.25 $38.00 $79,050
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 780 3.88 14.13 $35.48 $73,800
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 3.42 12.45 $29.08 $60,480

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 Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 1.40 $41.84 $87,030
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 480 4.40 16.00 $38.60 $80,290
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 360 4.19 15.25 $38.00 $79,050
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 420 4.26 15.51 $37.77 $78,560
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.76 $78,540


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.

(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