Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
3,560 6.9 % $29.79 $61,960 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.19 $25.40 $30.20 $35.08 $38.67
Annual Wage (2) $42,000 $52,820 $62,810 $72,960 $80,430


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 1,680 5.78 $31.38 $65,270
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.54 $32.91 $68,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.15 $34.25 $71,240
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 180 0.05 $23.55 $48,990
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 150 0.05 $22.57 $46,940

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 1,680 5.78 $31.38 $65,270
Other Pipeline Transportation 70 0.80 $35.60 $74,040
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.54 $32.91 $68,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.15 $34.25 $71,240
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 150 0.05 $22.57 $46,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 70 0.80 $35.60 $74,040
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.15 $34.25 $71,240
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.54 $32.91 $68,450
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,680 5.78 $31.38 $65,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $30.40 $63,230


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 430 0.08 3.01 $28.48 $59,240
North Dakota 430 1.03 41.22 $32.13 $66,830
West Virginia 350 0.51 20.58 $30.24 $62,890
Massachusetts 220 0.06 2.51 $31.53 $65,580
Ohio 190 0.04 1.45 $33.46 $69,610




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 430 1.03 41.22 $32.13 $66,830
West Virginia 350 0.51 20.58 $30.24 $62,890
Wyoming 120 0.46 18.31 $30.46 $63,370
Oklahoma 160 0.10 3.95 $30.02 $62,450
Pennsylvania 430 0.08 3.01 $28.48 $59,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 100 0.04 1.46 $34.23 $71,190
California (8) (8) (8) $34.19 $71,110
Ohio 190 0.04 1.45 $33.46 $69,610
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $33.02 $68,680
North Dakota 430 1.03 41.22 $32.13 $66,830



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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)
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.16 6.27 $29.67 $61,720
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.26 10.43 $34.55 $71,870
Charleston, WV 80 0.73 29.13 $30.36 $63,150
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 1.74 $27.62 $57,450
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.90 35.92 $29.95 $62,300
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 2.46 $29.74 $61,870


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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)
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.90 35.92 $29.95 $62,300
Charleston, WV 80 0.73 29.13 $30.36 $63,150
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.26 10.43 $34.55 $71,870
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.16 6.27 $29.67 $61,720
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 2.46 $29.74 $61,870
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 1.74 $27.62 $57,450


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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)
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $34.98 $72,760
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.26 10.43 $34.55 $71,870
Charleston, WV 80 0.73 29.13 $30.36 $63,150
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.90 35.92 $29.95 $62,300
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 2.46 $29.74 $61,870
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.16 6.27 $29.67 $61,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 1.74 $27.62 $57,450
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $27.12 $56,400
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.24 $54,570
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $21.73 $45,200

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 230 1.57 62.92 $30.13 $62,670
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 0.99 39.65 $27.07 $56,300
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 13.95 $34.24 $71,210

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 230 1.57 62.92 $30.13 $62,670
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 0.99 39.65 $27.07 $56,300
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 13.95 $34.24 $71,210

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 0.35 13.95 $34.24 $71,210
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.57 62.92 $30.13 $62,670
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.73 $57,680
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 0.99 39.65 $27.07 $56,300


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.

(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