National Compensation Survey - Wages


With the enactment of the 2011 Federal budget, the Locality Pay Survey (LPS) portion of the National Compensation Survey (NCS) was eliminated. Occupational data by locality will still be available through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program.

To continue to meet the requirement of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, data from the OES and NCS programs will be used collaboratively. OES will provide wage data by occupations for all localities nationwide with the NCS providing detailed worker characteristics such as work levels, and part time or full time work schedules. For the history of how BLS occupational wage surveys were used for federal pay comparability, see

For information on historical NCS publications, see the archives links below.

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OCS News Releases

Archived OCS News Releases

OCS Databases

Archived Databases

Beginning with NCS data published after September 2006, occupations were classified using SOC and industries using NAICS. NCS data prior to the conversion to SOC and NAICS were classified using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and the Census of Population. Data are available from 1997 through 2006.

The NCS data queries can only extract wage data for civilian, full-time workers. Separate estimates for private industry, state and local government, all workers, and part-time workers are not available through the query system. Complete data for reference dates of December 2006 through December 2010 are also available in flat text files. Complete NCS data from archived bulletins can be obtained at

Database Name Special
Tables Text Files
National Compensation Survey 2006-2010 (NAICS & SOC)
Multi Screen Data Search Tables Text Files
National Compensation Survey 1997-2006 (SIC & Census of Population)
One Screen Data Search Multi Screen Data Search Tables Text Files

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OCS Publications and Other Documentation

Archived Wage Publications

Archived Documentation

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OCS Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the national average salary for my job?
  2. Where can I find information on changes in pay rates?
  3. Where can I get wage determinations data?
  4. Where can I obtain information on minimum wage and overtime laws and regulations?
  5. How can I obtain more information?
  6. What is the role of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Federal pay administration process?
  7. Are there any tables that reflect the national compensation for men and women?
  8. Where can I obtain statewide occupational survey data?

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The Office of Compensation Levels and Trends, Branch of Survey Information and Publications, will be glad to assist you with questions about any of the components of the National Compensation Survey.

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