Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
3,890 7.6 % $28.66 $59,620 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.47 $24.93 $29.07 $33.69 $37.94
Annual Wage (2) $38,420 $51,860 $60,470 $70,080 $78,920


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 1,730 5.84 $30.76 $63,970
Natural Gas Distribution 530 0.47 $29.75 $61,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.26 $31.82 $66,190
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 300 0.20 $23.24 $48,330
Support Activities for Mining 220 0.08 $26.15 $54,390

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 1,730 5.84 $30.76 $63,970
Other Pipeline Transportation 40 0.49 $30.67 $63,800
Natural Gas Distribution 530 0.47 $29.75 $61,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.26 $31.82 $66,190
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 300 0.20 $23.24 $48,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.26 $31.82 $66,190
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,730 5.84 $30.76 $63,970
Other Pipeline Transportation 40 0.49 $30.67 $63,800
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $30.50 $63,450
Natural Gas Distribution 530 0.47 $29.75 $61,870


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)
West Virginia 570 0.81 29.35 $29.48 $61,320
Pennsylvania 460 0.08 2.87 $28.43 $59,130
North Dakota 390 0.92 33.11 $31.75 $66,030
Texas 200 0.02 0.63 $24.70 $51,380
Ohio 180 0.03 1.23 $31.22 $64,950




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 390 0.92 33.11 $31.75 $66,030
West Virginia 570 0.81 29.35 $29.48 $61,320
Wyoming 130 0.46 16.64 $31.42 $65,350
Oklahoma 180 0.11 3.98 $29.27 $60,870
Pennsylvania 460 0.08 2.87 $28.43 $59,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 390 0.92 33.11 $31.75 $66,030
Wyoming 130 0.46 16.64 $31.42 $65,350
Ohio 180 0.03 1.23 $31.22 $64,950
Colorado 130 0.05 1.92 $30.60 $63,640
California (8) (8) (8) $30.28 $62,970





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)
Charleston, WV 160 1.44 51.93 $28.81 $59,930
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.15 5.54 $28.04 $58,320
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.72 $26.96 $56,070




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 160 1.44 51.93 $28.81 $59,930
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.15 5.54 $28.04 $58,320
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.72 $26.96 $56,070




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 (8) (8) (8) $32.30 $67,180
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.85 $60,000
Charleston, WV 160 1.44 51.93 $28.81 $59,930
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.15 5.54 $28.04 $58,320
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.72 $26.96 $56,070

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.39 86.39 $29.99 $62,390
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.80 28.74 $28.51 $59,310
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.19 42.80 $31.40 $65,300

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.39 86.39 $29.99 $62,390
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.19 42.80 $31.40 $65,300
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.80 28.74 $28.51 $59,310

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.19 42.80 $31.40 $65,300
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.93 $64,330
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.39 86.39 $29.99 $62,390
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.80 28.74 $28.51 $59,310
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.98 $58,190


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