How Much Do Pump Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Pump Operators

Pump Operators tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.

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  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$51830 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$30,200 to $37,140 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$15 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Pump Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $30,200 to $37,140 per year or $15 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Pump Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $81,290
Senior (Top 25%) $31 $63,510
Middle (Mid 50%) $23 $48,090
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $37,140
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $30,200

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CO $34 $71,190
MS $31 $64,670
MO $30 $62,330
AK $29 $61,020
CA $29 $59,820
AL $28 $58,480
NY $28 $58,000
PA $28 $57,460
AZ $27 $56,490
NM $27 $56,130

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Pump Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CO doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CO might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Pump Operators are in the states of CO, MS, MO, AK and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $73560 $35.37
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil $71060 $34.16
Coal Mining $66970 $32.20
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $65140 $31.32
Other Pipeline Transportation $62490 $30.04
Oil and Gas Extraction $60110 $28.90
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $58750 $28.24
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $57020 $27.41
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $56690 $27.25
Utility System Construction $56000 $26.92
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $55980 $26.91
Nonresidential Building Construction $55490 $26.68
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $55260 $26.57
Chemical Manufacturing $54340 $26.12
Support Activities for Mining $53180 $25.57
Support Activities for Air Transportation $51880 $24.94
Support Activities for Rail Transportation $51470 $24.75
Waste Collection $51060 $24.55
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $50990 $24.51
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $48730 $23.43
Dairy Product Manufacturing $48640 $23.38
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $48280 $23.21
Local Government $47720 $22.94
Direct Selling Establishments $47000 $22.59
Rental and Leasing Services $46710 $22.46
Grain and Oilseed Milling $46430 $22.32
Support Activities for Water Transportation $45100 $21.69
Waste Treatment and Disposal $45000 $21.64
Support Activities for Crop Production $44030 $21.17
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $41000 $19.71

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