Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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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)
31,170 4.0 % $16.47 $34,250 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.62 $10.57 $14.09 $20.06 $27.58
Annual Wage (2) $17,920 $21,980 $29,300 $41,710 $57,370

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
Investigation and security services 8,670 $16.33 $33,970 1 21
Department stores 5,680 $11.54 $24,010 2 34
State government (OES designation) 1,910 $19.50 $40,570 3 13
Management of companies and enterprises 940 $20.65 $42,950 4 9
Employment services 840 $11.27 $23,440 5 36

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management and technical consulting services (6) $34.26 $71,260 (6) 1
Rail transportation 50 $30.72 $63,890 28 2
Power generation and supply 150 $28.20 $58,660 20 3
General medical and surgical hospitals 250 $25.78 $53,630 15 4
Legal services 840 $24.47 $50,900 6 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
West Virginia 790 $13.46 $28,000 0.116% 341
Maryland 1,000 $14.58 $30,320 0.041% 412
Hawaii 220 $12.26 $25,490 0.040% 381
Michigan 1,590 $14.24 $29,620 0.036% 455
Florida 2,550 $15.96 $33,200 0.036% 318

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 1,630 $21.63 $44,990 0.020% 270
Washington 640 $21.56 $44,850 0.025% 258
New Jersey 650 $20.76 $43,180 0.017% 294
Connecticut 210 $18.61 $38,710 0.013% 309
Iowa 250 $18.48 $38,450 0.018% 204

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
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 380 $8.68 $18,050 0.187%
Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA 80 $12.37 $25,730 0.123%
Lafayette, LA MSA 150 $13.11 $27,270 0.092%
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 480 $18.13 $37,710 0.074%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 110 $15.01 $31,220 0.071%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Yakima, WA MSA (6) $25.50 $53,050 (6)
New York, NY PMSA 970 $25.50 $53,050 0.024%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 340 $24.63 $51,220 0.034%
Newark, NJ PMSA 210 $23.83 $49,570 0.022%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 370 $22.57 $46,940 0.029%

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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