Arizona Pump Prices Hit Five-Month High

AAA breaks down the cost of a gallon of gas

Phoenix, Feb. 28, 2013. Arizona pump prices are 56 cents higher per gallon than they were last month, making Arizona’s jump the fifth biggest monthly increase in the country. The statewide average increased more than 11 cents last week to a five-month high of $3.74 per gallon. Nationally, prices increased less than a penny over last week week to $3.78 per gallon.

Four major factors make up the retail price of a gallon of gasoline. To help motorists understand these components, AAA is breaking down the current cost of a gallon of gas, based on January 2013 data from the Energy Information Administration: 



Amount based on today’s state fuel average of ($3.74 per gallon)

Crude oil

72 percent


Taxes (local, state, federal)

13 percent

49 cents


8 percent

30 cents

Distribution & Marketing

7 percent

26 cents



“Many motorists are unaware of the breakdown of a gallon of gasoline and are becoming increasingly frustrated with the recent spike in fuel prices,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “While refinery maintenance and the higher cost of crude have kept prices elevated so far this year, AAA maintains that prices should peak soon and start to level out as we move into summer.”

Tucson and Yuma hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.532 and $3.861 per gallon, respectively. Wyoming and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.285 and $4.238 per gallon, respectively.


Today’s price

Change from last week

Change from last month

Last year’s price

East Valley
(Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek)




















Phoenix (city)










(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

























As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

  • Fuel Price Finder ( locates the lowest fuel price in your area.
  • AAA Gas Price Alerts ( offers users weekly fuel price text alerts.
  • AAA Mobile ( provides directions and plots fuel prices along your travel route.
  • AAA’s Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card ( accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.