Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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Industry profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
14,440 3.9 % $38.84 $80,780 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.09 $24.28 $33.64 $47.99 $66.18
Annual Wage (2) $39,700 $50,510 $69,970 $99,820 $137,650

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Insurance carriers 7,130 $37.95 $78,940 1 8
Management and technical consulting services 3,080 $46.01 $95,710 2 3
Management of companies and enterprises 1,080 $31.30 $65,110 3 13
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 1,070 $40.05 $83,300 4 5
State government (OES designation) 370 $31.55 $65,630 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other financial investment activities 110 $49.06 $102,040 8 1
Accounting and bookkeeping services 100 $49.01 $101,940 9 2
Management and technical consulting services 3,080 $46.01 $95,710 2 3
Insurance and employee benefit funds 100 $44.24 $92,010 10 4
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 1,070 $40.05 $83,300 4 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 730 $46.07 $95,820 0.044% 24
Nebraska 230 $32.59 $67,790 0.026% 29
Wisconsin 670 $40.99 $85,260 0.025% 9
New Jersey 970 $36.27 $75,440 0.025% 60
District of Columbia 150 $39.89 $82,970 0.025% 26

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Vermont (6) $47.51 $98,820 (6) 9
New Mexico 30 $47.37 $98,530 0.004% 9
Connecticut 730 $46.07 $95,820 0.044% 24
Kansas 270 $45.89 $95,440 0.021% 13
New York 1,400 $43.98 $91,480 0.017% 34

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 200 $51.71 $107,550 0.100%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 180 $39.51 $82,180 0.087%
Hartford, CT MSA 460 $43.90 $91,310 0.078%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 350 $32.49 $67,570 0.056%
Madison, WI MSA 120 $29.22 $60,780 0.043%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 200 $51.71 $107,550 0.100%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 60 $47.15 $98,080 0.005%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 180 $46.46 $96,640 0.014%
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA (6) $46.06 $95,800 (6)
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 60 $45.23 $94,090 0.011%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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