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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-8092 Gas Plant Operators

Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main 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)
14,410 4.5 % $34.16 $71,050 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.19 $27.31 $34.00 $39.97 $48.71
Annual Wage (2) $44,080 $56,800 $70,710 $83,130 $101,320


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)
Natural Gas Distribution 4,890 4.47 $36.09 $75,060
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 4,720 15.82 $33.84 $70,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,210 0.85 $34.82 $72,430
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,060 0.02 $25.59 $53,220
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 360 0.10 $34.90 $72,600

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 4,720 15.82 $33.84 $70,390
Natural Gas Distribution 4,890 4.47 $36.09 $75,060
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 350 2.98 $33.63 $69,950
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.02 $33.45 $69,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,210 0.85 $34.82 $72,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 130 0.12 $40.79 $84,850
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $37.47 $77,930
Natural Gas Distribution 4,890 4.47 $36.09 $75,060
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 360 0.10 $34.90 $72,600
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,210 0.85 $34.82 $72,430


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 3,670 0.30 3.01 $32.93 $68,490
California 890 0.05 0.52 $48.99 $101,900
Pennsylvania 810 0.14 1.40 $32.39 $67,370
Oklahoma 560 0.35 3.55 $31.15 $64,800
Michigan 480 0.11 1.13 $36.63 $76,190




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 410 1.49 15.14 $36.82 $76,590
West Virginia 280 0.40 4.06 $33.78 $70,270
New Mexico 320 0.39 3.95 $30.33 $63,080
Oklahoma 560 0.35 3.55 $31.15 $64,800
Texas 3,670 0.30 3.01 $32.93 $68,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 890 0.05 0.52 $48.99 $101,900
Connecticut 30 0.02 0.20 $43.08 $89,610
Maryland 50 0.02 0.20 $40.69 $84,640
New York 300 0.03 0.32 $40.62 $84,490
Massachusetts 110 0.03 0.31 $39.22 $81,570





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 2,260 0.74 7.54 $33.18 $69,020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 420 0.04 0.44 $40.23 $83,680
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 410 0.11 1.15 $33.56 $69,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 0.68 $30.59 $63,630
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 310 0.16 1.60 $36.70 $76,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.49 $47.68 $99,180
Pittsburgh, PA 280 0.24 2.49 $32.50 $67,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 210 0.07 0.76 $34.16 $71,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.71 $47.28 $98,340
Tulsa, OK 150 0.35 3.52 $30.39 $63,210




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,260 0.74 7.54 $33.18 $69,020
Longview, TX 50 0.56 5.70 $30.25 $62,920
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 70 0.52 5.33 $31.42 $65,360
Tulsa, OK 150 0.35 3.52 $30.39 $63,210
Columbia, SC 130 0.34 3.50 $28.22 $58,690
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 140 0.26 2.66 $33.20 $69,060
Pittsburgh, PA 280 0.24 2.49 $32.50 $67,600
Richmond, VA 130 0.20 2.07 $26.34 $54,790
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.20 2.02 $33.34 $69,350
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.17 1.71 $32.13 $66,820




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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.50 $49.58 $103,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.49 $47.68 $99,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.71 $47.28 $98,340
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 0.41 $43.52 $90,520
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 30 0.05 0.56 $41.97 $87,300
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $41.07 $85,430
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 420 0.04 0.44 $40.23 $83,680
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 70 0.04 0.37 $40.16 $83,530
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.06 0.65 $37.68 $78,380
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 310 0.16 1.60 $36.70 $76,340

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 3.29 33.56 $37.41 $77,820
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.47 14.95 $31.20 $64,900
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.48 4.88 $34.44 $71,640
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.88 8.97 $31.68 $65,900
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 11.17 $34.40 $71,540

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 3.29 33.56 $37.41 $77,820
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.47 14.95 $31.20 $64,900
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 1.11 11.28 $29.29 $60,930
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 11.17 $34.40 $71,540
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 1.01 10.25 $33.89 $70,490

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 3.29 33.56 $37.41 $77,820
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.96 $74,800
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.78 $35.19 $73,190
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.48 4.88 $34.44 $71,640
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 11.17 $34.40 $71,540


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: March 31, 2020