Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
SOC: 53-7071.00


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 Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
5,100 employed

Projected (2024):
5,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Acetylene Gas Compressor
  • Acetylene Plant Technician
  • Butadiene Compressor Operator
  • Butane Compressor Operator
  • Compressor Engineer
  • Compressor Operator
  • Compressor Station Operator
  • Compressor Technician
  • Corrosion Technician
  • Field Operator
  • Fill Plant Operator
  • Filler
  • Gas Booster Engineer
  • Gas Compressor Operator
  • Gas Cylinder Processor
  • Gas Engineer
  • Gas Operator
  • Gas Plant Operator
  • Gas Pumping Station Operator
  • Gas Storage Field Journeyman
  • Gas Storage Operator
  • Gas Transfer Operator
  • High Pressure Compressed Gas Filler
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator)
  • Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator
  • Oil and Gas Operator
  • Operation Specialist
  • Pipeline Systems Operator
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Plant Manager
  • Plant Operator
  • Production Technician
  • Station Engineer
  • Terminal Operator
  • Wireline Field Operator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Monitor meters and pressure gauges to determine consumption rate variations, temperatures, and pressures.
  • Adjust valves and equipment to obtain specified performance.
  • Read gas meters, and maintain records of the amounts of gas received and dispensed from holders.
  • Operate power-driven pumps that transfer liquids, semi-liquids, gases, or powdered materials.
  • Record instrument readings and operational changes in operating logs.
  • Move controls and turn valves to start compressor engines, pumps, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Turn knobs or switches to regulate pressures.
  • Respond to problems by adjusting control room equipment or instructing other personnel to adjust equipment at problem locations or in other control areas.
  • Take samples of gases and conduct chemical tests to determine gas quality and sulfur or moisture content, or send samples to laboratories for analysis.
  • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, and replace filters and gaskets, using hand tools.
  • Submit daily reports on facility operations.
  • Connect pipelines between pumps and containers that are being filled or emptied.
  • Maintain each station by performing general housekeeping duties such as painting, washing, and cleaning.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable pipe wrenches
  • Cordless drills
  • Electrically powered compressors
  • Gas engine driven compressors
  • Gas pressure gauges
  • Grease dispensing guns
  • Heating boilers
  • Internal combustion engine driven compressors
  • Multipurpose hammers
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Ratchet wrenches
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Steam driven compressors
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Tablet computers
  • Water pumps
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word

  • transportation and material moving

    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160