Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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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)
108,990 3.0 % $22.83 $47,490 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.82 $15.04 $19.93 $27.36 $37.22
Annual Wage (2) $24,590 $31,280 $41,460 $56,910 $77,430

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
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 63,530 $22.72 $47,260 1 40
Professional and similar organizations 3,980 $22.99 $47,810 2 37
Radio and television broadcasting 3,610 $20.04 $41,680 3 58
Colleges and universities 3,420 $19.51 $40,590 4 64
Advertising and related services 3,350 $21.64 $45,020 5 50

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Independent artists, writers, and performers 510 $35.77 $74,400 24 1
Employment services 990 $33.78 $70,270 14 2
Other financial investment activities 60 $33.61 $69,920 52 3
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 60 $32.19 $66,950 54 4
Accounting and bookkeeping services 290 $31.93 $66,410 30 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 3,220 $23.70 $49,290 0.542% 190
New York 17,360 $27.13 $56,430 0.210% 184
Massachusetts 4,150 $24.42 $50,800 0.131% 209
Illinois 7,000 $23.64 $49,160 0.121% 206
Missouri 2,990 $22.79 $47,410 0.114% 167

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 17,360 $27.13 $56,430 0.210% 184
Connecticut 1,770 $26.62 $55,370 0.108% 160
Washington 1,860 $25.02 $52,030 0.073% 194
Virginia 3,830 $24.45 $50,850 0.113% 165
Massachusetts 4,150 $24.42 $50,800 0.131% 209

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
New York, NY PMSA 13,480 $28.23 $58,720 0.339%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 470 $16.92 $35,190 0.303%
Bloomington, IN MSA 150 $18.10 $37,650 0.252%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 6,740 $24.57 $51,100 0.250%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 490 $26.66 $55,450 0.245%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 760 $31.36 $65,230 0.087%
New York, NY PMSA 13,480 $28.23 $58,720 0.339%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 1,120 $28.21 $58,680 0.094%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 360 $28.11 $58,470 0.149%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 150 $28.04 $58,320 0.081%

About May 2003 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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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