Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

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National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
165,760 0.8 % $15.44 $32,120 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.00 $12.16 $14.93 $18.12 $21.61
Annual Wage (2) $20,810 $25,300 $31,060 $37,690 $44,940

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) 12,990 $16.41 $34,130 1 69
Management of companies and enterprises 11,920 $15.41 $32,060 2 133
General medical and surgical hospitals 9,040 $14.05 $29,230 3 208
Local government (OES designation) 8,640 $15.61 $32,460 4 114
Elementary and secondary schools 7,320 $15.88 $33,040 5 92

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Natural gas distribution 140 $21.34 $44,390 169 1
Telecommunications resellers 150 $20.39 $42,400 158 2
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 200 $19.83 $41,240 139 3
Couriers 800 $19.54 $40,630 40 4
Power generation and supply 640 $19.35 $40,250 50 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 1,730 $17.75 $36,920 0.291% 285
South Carolina 4,820 $12.46 $25,920 0.273% 440
Arkansas 2,130 $11.75 $24,440 0.190% 420
Alaska 540 $17.00 $35,370 0.185% 305
Hawaii 1,010 $15.11 $31,430 0.183% 333

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 20,640 $18.01 $37,450 0.142% 410
District of Columbia 1,730 $17.75 $36,920 0.291% 285
Massachusetts 3,840 $17.59 $36,580 0.121% 401
Connecticut 2,050 $17.48 $36,350 0.125% 375
New Jersey 4,600 $17.05 $35,450 0.119% 423

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
Sacramento, CA PMSA 2,670 $19.42 $40,390 0.357%
Lawton, OK MSA 130 $13.30 $27,660 0.352%
Columbia, SC MSA 980 $12.29 $25,560 0.339%
Sumter, SC MSA 100 $12.20 $25,370 0.272%
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC MSA 1,240 $13.51 $28,090 0.269%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,250 $21.36 $44,430 0.142%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,470 $20.85 $43,370 0.151%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 240 $20.40 $42,430 0.120%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 2,670 $19.42 $40,390 0.357%
Yolo, CA PMSA 200 $19.10 $39,720 0.227%

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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