Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

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Industry profile for this occupation
State 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)
167,480 0.7 % $15.16 $31,530 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.83 $11.95 $14.62 $17.78 $21.35
Annual Wage (2) $20,440 $24,860 $30,410 $36,970 $44,400

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
Federal government (OES designation) 13,250 $15.79 $32,830 1 85
Management of companies and enterprises 11,510 $15.16 $31,540 2 127
Local government (OES designation) 9,180 $15.60 $32,450 3 93
General medical and surgical hospitals 9,060 $13.72 $28,530 4 206
Elementary and secondary schools 6,430 $15.28 $31,780 5 118

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Natural gas distribution 140 $21.01 $43,710 180 1
Power generation and supply 710 $20.40 $42,430 47 2
Oil and gas extraction 280 $19.55 $40,650 111 3
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 200 $19.36 $40,260 147 4
Couriers 830 $19.19 $39,910 40 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
District of Columbia 1,740 $17.36 $36,110 0.292% 273
South Carolina 5,080 $12.26 $25,500 0.289% 434
Alaska 580 $16.97 $35,300 0.202% 271
Hawaii 990 $14.89 $30,970 0.180% 321
Arizona 4,050 $13.67 $28,440 0.180% 377

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 20,890 $17.72 $36,850 0.144% 376
District of Columbia 1,740 $17.36 $36,110 0.292% 273
Connecticut 2,030 $16.99 $35,340 0.124% 349
Alaska 580 $16.97 $35,300 0.202% 271
New Jersey 4,660 $16.94 $35,240 0.121% 400

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
Columbia, SC MSA 1,040 $12.07 $25,110 0.363%
Lawton, OK MSA 120 $12.31 $25,600 0.327%
Sumter, SC MSA 110 $11.67 $24,280 0.296%
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC MSA 1,320 $13.33 $27,720 0.291%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 2,000 $19.91 $41,410 0.272%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,210 $21.07 $43,830 0.135%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 2,000 $19.91 $41,410 0.272%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,650 $19.87 $41,330 0.166%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 250 $18.88 $39,270 0.125%
Yolo, CA PMSA 200 $18.61 $38,700 0.226%

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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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