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Career Profile: 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.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 4,100 people employed as gas compressor and gas pumping station operators in the United States. The median annual salary is $67,800. Entry level employees earn approximately $36,220 per year and senior employees earn approximately $85,230 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

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

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
4,100
Annual Openings:
400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
-1%
Annual Salary Range:
$36,220 - $85,230
Education Requirements:
High school diploma