Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
41,630 3.8 % $32.63 $67,870 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.17 $25.69 $32.40 $38.88 $46.19
Annual Wage (2) $41,960 $53,430 $67,400 $80,860 $96,070


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 20,600 18.48 $34.54 $71,850
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,360 2.96 $31.03 $64,530
Support Activities for Mining 2,420 0.86 $26.75 $55,630
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,420 29.65 $32.58 $67,780
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 2,110 1.40 $33.59 $69,860

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 2,420 29.65 $32.58 $67,780
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,030 18.96 $34.21 $71,160
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,600 18.48 $34.54 $71,850
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,610 5.43 $31.37 $65,240
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,360 2.96 $31.03 $64,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 590 0.52 $35.01 $72,820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 20,600 18.48 $34.54 $71,850
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,030 18.96 $34.21 $71,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 350 0.02 $33.96 $70,640
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $33.69 $70,080


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 10,570 0.90 3.04 $34.47 $71,700
Louisiana 6,080 3.17 10.68 $33.26 $69,180
California 4,700 0.29 0.99 $35.82 $74,510
Oklahoma 1,810 1.14 3.85 $33.04 $68,730
Ohio 1,430 0.27 0.90 $30.99 $64,460




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 870 3.17 10.68 $33.21 $69,080
Louisiana 6,080 3.17 10.68 $33.26 $69,180
North Dakota 680 1.61 5.42 $32.16 $66,880
Alaska 490 1.51 5.08 $36.24 $75,380
New Mexico 990 1.23 4.13 $31.50 $65,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 490 0.20 0.66 $37.83 $78,690
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $37.40 $77,790
Hawaii 370 0.58 1.97 $36.32 $75,550
Alaska 490 1.51 5.08 $36.24 $75,380
California 4,700 0.29 0.99 $35.82 $74,510





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 4,470 1.52 5.14 $32.78 $68,180
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,550 4.56 15.39 $34.90 $72,580
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,080 12.79 43.12 $39.25 $81,650
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.58 5.34 $38.91 $80,930
Baton Rouge, LA 1,660 4.20 14.16 $34.51 $71,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.32 1.09 $35.44 $73,720
Corpus Christi, TX 1,030 5.55 18.71 $38.15 $79,340
Tulsa, OK 610 1.42 4.78 $35.43 $73,700
Lafayette, LA 530 2.58 8.70 $28.36 $58,990
Pittsburgh, PA 500 0.44 1.50 $29.19 $60,720




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 2,080 12.79 43.12 $39.25 $81,650
Farmington, NM 490 9.88 33.31 $30.46 $63,360
Corpus Christi, TX 1,030 5.55 18.71 $38.15 $79,340
Lake Charles, LA 480 4.70 15.86 $31.99 $66,540
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,550 4.56 15.39 $34.90 $72,580
Midland, TX 370 4.33 14.59 $31.42 $65,340
Baton Rouge, LA 1,660 4.20 14.16 $34.51 $71,780
Billings, MT 350 4.03 13.59 $31.53 $65,590
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 290 3.22 10.87 $26.88 $55,900
Lafayette, LA 530 2.58 8.70 $28.36 $58,990




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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.49 1.64 $43.06 $89,570
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 120 0.68 2.31 $42.89 $89,200
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $40.76 $84,780
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 330 0.23 0.78 $39.72 $82,610
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,080 12.79 43.12 $39.25 $81,650
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.58 5.34 $38.91 $80,930
Corpus Christi, TX 1,030 5.55 18.71 $38.15 $79,340
Anchorage, AK 40 0.23 0.78 $37.92 $78,870
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 50 0.07 0.24 $36.85 $76,640
Urban Honolulu, HI 340 0.72 2.44 $36.39 $75,680

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 nonmetropolitan area 710 3.67 12.39 $36.61 $76,150
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 520 4.23 14.28 $34.42 $71,590
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 480 3.68 12.41 $32.80 $68,220
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 420 6.39 21.56 $31.72 $65,970
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 2.82 9.52 $36.68 $76,290

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)
Central-Southeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 310 8.03 27.09 $30.79 $64,040
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 420 6.39 21.56 $31.72 $65,970
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.74 19.37 $33.26 $69,190
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 520 4.23 14.28 $34.42 $71,590
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 480 3.68 12.41 $32.80 $68,220

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 2.82 9.52 $36.68 $76,290
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 710 3.67 12.39 $36.61 $76,150
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 2.67 9.02 $36.18 $75,260
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 520 4.23 14.28 $34.42 $71,590
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.74 19.37 $33.26 $69,190


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017