Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
14,890 3.6 % $33.46 $69,600 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.04 $27.26 $33.19 $38.94 $46.76
Annual Wage (2) $45,850 $56,700 $69,030 $80,990 $97,260


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 5,360 4.77 $36.17 $75,230
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 4,470 15.38 $32.26 $67,110
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,170 0.86 $34.15 $71,040
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 970 0.02 $24.42 $50,780
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 750 0.21 $31.57 $65,660

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 4,470 15.38 $32.26 $67,110
Natural Gas Distribution 5,360 4.77 $36.17 $75,230
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 480 4.01 $32.16 $66,900
Other Pipeline Transportation 130 1.58 $32.58 $67,770
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,170 0.86 $34.15 $71,040

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 0.11 $37.77 $78,560
Natural Gas Distribution 5,360 4.77 $36.17 $75,230
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 650 0.17 $35.68 $74,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 (7) $35.34 $73,510
Utility System Construction 60 0.01 $34.27 $71,270


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 2,800 0.24 2.25 $31.52 $65,570
Michigan 1,290 0.30 2.89 $34.46 $71,680
California 1,070 0.06 0.62 $47.64 $99,100
Pennsylvania 1,030 0.18 1.71 $29.49 $61,340
Illinois 590 0.10 0.95 $33.71 $70,130




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 370 1.39 13.30 $34.21 $71,160
North Dakota 500 1.20 11.46 $39.70 $82,570
New Mexico 290 0.36 3.42 $30.02 $62,430
West Virginia 220 0.32 3.02 $34.13 $70,990
Michigan 1,290 0.30 2.89 $34.46 $71,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,070 0.06 0.62 $47.64 $99,100
North Dakota 500 1.20 11.46 $39.70 $82,570
Wisconsin 30 0.01 0.10 $39.38 $81,920
Massachusetts 130 0.04 0.36 $39.06 $81,240
Washington 70 0.02 0.21 $38.21 $79,480



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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 1,630 0.55 5.31 $31.32 $65,160
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 1.08 $36.42 $75,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.08 0.73 $45.43 $94,490
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.29 2.75 $31.01 $64,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.04 0.40 $33.18 $69,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 0.87 $37.92 $78,870
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 210 0.14 1.37 $35.16 $73,130
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 200 0.17 1.58 $32.14 $66,850
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.14 1.30 (8) (8)
Kansas City, MO-KS 140 0.14 1.29 $32.61 $67,820


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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)
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 90 0.70 6.70 $32.64 $67,890
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,630 0.55 5.31 $31.32 $65,160
Odessa, TX 30 0.49 4.66 $32.55 $67,710
Evansville, IN-KY 60 0.36 3.49 $30.77 $63,990
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.29 2.75 $31.01 $64,500
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 2.15 $33.82 $70,350
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 70 0.20 1.94 $24.66 $51,300
Tulsa, OK 80 0.18 1.77 $28.54 $59,360
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 200 0.17 1.58 $32.14 $66,850
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.15 1.47 $28.50 $59,270


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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)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.44 $48.25 $100,360
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 120 0.08 0.81 $46.24 $96,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 80 0.06 0.55 $45.74 $95,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.08 0.73 $45.43 $94,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 0.87 $37.92 $78,870
Mobile, AL (8) (8) (8) $37.19 $77,360
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.51 $75,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 1.08 $36.42 $75,750
Midland, TX (8) (8) (8) $35.43 $73,690
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 210 0.14 1.37 $35.16 $73,130

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 260 1.36 13.04 $33.22 $69,090
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 170 1.34 12.81 $31.74 $66,020
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.82 26.99 $35.06 $72,930
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 2.76 26.46 $38.77 $80,650
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 1.00 9.59 $27.88 $57,980

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.82 26.99 $35.06 $72,930
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 2.76 26.46 $38.77 $80,650
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 1.95 18.68 $31.92 $66,390
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.70 16.24 $34.94 $72,670
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 1.36 13.04 $33.22 $69,090

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 2.76 26.46 $38.77 $80,650
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.44 $73,700
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.78 $35.11 $73,020
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.82 26.99 $35.06 $72,930
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.23 $34.96 $72,710


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.

(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 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