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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

53-7071 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.


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)
3,460 7.2 % $30.24 $62,900 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.34 $24.34 $31.35 $36.38 $39.64
Annual Wage (2) $40,220 $50,620 $65,210 $75,660 $82,450


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)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,350 4.68 $31.81 $66,170
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.56 $34.01 $70,730
Oil and Gas Extraction 280 0.20 $32.27 $67,130
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 240 0.06 $22.03 $45,830
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 160 0.03 $25.42 $52,870

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 1,350 4.68 $31.81 $66,170
Other Pipeline Transportation 110 1.24 $32.54 $67,690
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.56 $34.01 $70,730
Oil and Gas Extraction 280 0.20 $32.27 $67,130
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 240 0.06 $22.03 $45,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.56 $34.01 $70,730
Other Pipeline Transportation 110 1.24 $32.54 $67,690
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 90 0.03 $32.34 $67,270
Oil and Gas Extraction 280 0.20 $32.27 $67,130
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,350 4.68 $31.81 $66,170


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)
Pennsylvania 580 0.10 4.11 $30.19 $62,790
Massachusetts 310 0.09 3.61 $30.98 $64,440
North Dakota 290 0.70 29.38 $32.49 $67,570
Oklahoma 250 0.16 6.48 $30.52 $63,470
West Virginia 210 0.30 12.46 $31.43 $65,380




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)
North Dakota 290 0.70 29.38 $32.49 $67,570
Wyoming 100 0.38 15.90 $28.63 $59,560
West Virginia 210 0.30 12.46 $31.43 $65,380
Oklahoma 250 0.16 6.48 $30.52 $63,470
Nebraska 130 0.14 5.65 $33.65 $69,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 180 0.03 1.38 $34.19 $71,110
California (8) (8) (8) $33.89 $70,490
Nebraska 130 0.14 5.65 $33.65 $69,980
North Dakota 290 0.70 29.38 $32.49 $67,570
Illinois 40 0.01 0.28 $32.04 $66,630





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)
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 7.35 $33.28 $69,230
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 200 0.07 3.03 $30.01 $62,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 170 0.06 2.44 $26.78 $55,700
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.22 9.37 $31.06 $64,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 110 0.01 0.50 $32.96 $68,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.64 (8) (8)
Charleston, WV 50 0.42 17.52 $29.45 $61,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.35 $21.57 $44,870




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)
Charleston, WV 50 0.42 17.52 $29.45 $61,250
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.22 9.37 $31.06 $64,610
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 7.35 $33.28 $69,230
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 200 0.07 3.03 $30.01 $62,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 170 0.06 2.44 $26.78 $55,700
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.35 $21.57 $44,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.64 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 110 0.01 0.50 $32.96 $68,550




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)
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 7.35 $33.28 $69,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 110 0.01 0.50 $32.96 $68,550
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.22 9.37 $31.06 $64,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 200 0.07 3.03 $30.01 $62,430
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $29.52 $61,400
Charleston, WV 50 0.42 17.52 $29.45 $61,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 170 0.06 2.44 $26.78 $55,700
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $22.47 $46,740
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.35 $21.57 $44,870

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 North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.97 82.44 $33.54 $69,760
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.22 51.08 $27.88 $57,980
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 36.25 $32.08 $66,720
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 14.18 $34.95 $72,690

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.97 82.44 $33.54 $69,760
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.22 51.08 $27.88 $57,980
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 36.25 $32.08 $66,720
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 14.18 $34.95 $72,690

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 Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 14.18 $34.95 $72,690
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.97 82.44 $33.54 $69,760
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 36.25 $32.08 $66,720
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.33 $63,080
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.22 51.08 $27.88 $57,980


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019