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Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services: NAICS 56

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About the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services sector

The administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector is part of the professional and business services supersector.

The Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services sector comprises establishments performing routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other organizations. These essential activities are often undertaken in-house by establishments in many sectors of the economy. The establishments in this sector specialize in one or more of these support activities and provide these services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. Activities performed include: office administration, hiring and placing of personnel, document preparation and similar clerical services, solicitation, collection, security and surveillance services, cleaning, and waste disposal services.

North American Industry Classification System

The administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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8,730.0 8,754.0 (P) 8,793.5 (P) 8,853.3

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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7,968.5 7,929.2 (P) 8,022.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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4.6% 3.3% 4.3% 3.6%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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5.3% 3.9% 4.9% 4.2%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

856,110

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

507,450

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

485,020

Office clerks, general

296,720

Security guards

661,990

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for administrative and support and waste management and remediation services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2014
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Average hourly earnings

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$18.61 $18.67 $18.62 (P) $18.61

Average weekly hours

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35.1 35.5 35.1 (P) 35.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$16.40 $16.45 $16.41 (P) $16.41

Average weekly hours

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34.6 34.9 34.6 (P) 34.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

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$542 $569 $582 $576

Members of unions

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$598 $706 $699 $800

Represented by unions

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$592 $693 $708 $798

Nonunion

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$536 $562 $577 $567

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

$9.72 $10.95 $20,220 $22,780

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$9.64 $10.90 $20,050 $22,680

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

$11.43 $12.31 $23,770 $25,610

Office clerks, general

$12.64 $13.54 $26,290 $28,160

Security guards

$10.97 $12.31 $22,820 $25,600

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
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2014

12-month percent change

Total compensation

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1.7% 1.5% 0.3% 2.3%

Wages and salaries

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1.7% 1.5% 0.3% 2.0%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

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21.57 100.0

Wages and salaries

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16.31 75.6

Total benefits

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5.27 24.4

Insurance

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1.23 5.7

Retirement

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0.50 2.3

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

Number of fatalities

304 377 359 (P) 347

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.8

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

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(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services.

Establishments

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2013
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2013
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2013
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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487,732 492,275 493,239 (P) 495,648

Local government

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3,249 3,248 3,247 (P) 3,257

State government

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587 586 581 (P) 587

Federal government

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143 143 141 (P) 157

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: October 22, 2014

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