Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA


For metropolitan area definitions used by the OES survey, see the MSA definitions page.

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA, a metropolitan statistical area in North Carolina. These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages are available in the downloadable Excel files (XLS).

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SOC Major Groups in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA:

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All Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
00-0000 All Occupations 163,520 $12.11 $14.46 $30,070 1.0 %
Management Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
11-0000 Management Occupations 6,770 $29.52 $36.71 $76,360 2.1 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 340 $69.34 $69.56 $144,690 3.1 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 2,320 $31.03 $40.21 $83,640 3.6 %
11-2011 Advertising and Promotions Managers 60 $19.48 $25.97 $54,010 7.4 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 140 $39.31 $46.12 $95,930 5.9 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 300 $38.07 $44.52 $92,600 3.6 %
11-2031 Public Relations Managers 40 $22.48 $23.34 $48,550 3.6 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 140 $26.89 $29.76 $61,910 4.1 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 160 $29.03 $31.00 $64,470 2.5 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 620 $29.44 $37.42 $77,830 7.4 %
11-3040 Human Resources Managers 200 $23.31 $26.13 $54,340 2.6 %
11-3051 Industrial Production Managers 590 $29.08 $32.19 $66,960 3.4 %
11-3061 Purchasing Managers 160 $26.79 $30.94 $64,350 5.8 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 110 $24.74 $27.58 $57,360 3.3 %
11-9021 Construction Managers 150 $29.32 $32.26 $67,100 5.4 %
11-9032 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 270 (4) (4) $60,110 2.9 %
11-9041 Engineering Managers 150 $36.65 $38.35 $79,770 3.2 %
11-9051 Food Service Managers 240 $17.25 $18.25 $37,960 7.8 %
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers 260 $28.01 $29.44 $61,230 1.5 %
11-9121 Natural Sciences Managers 30 $23.17 $26.64 $55,410 2.1 %
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers 50 $24.45 $25.36 $52,750 5.3 %
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2,630 $19.23 $21.09 $43,860 2.7 %
13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 110 $20.91 $22.66 $47,140 6.5 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 250 $18.01 $19.81 $41,200 2.6 %
13-1031 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 80 $14.30 $15.61 $32,460 3.7 %
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 60 $16.23 $17.55 $36,510 2.0 %
13-1051 Cost Estimators 160 $19.96 $20.48 $42,600 2.9 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 180 $17.58 $20.36 $42,350 7.4 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 70 $17.97 $19.12 $39,760 3.7 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 180 $20.09 $19.78 $41,150 4.7 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 60 $26.83 $36.80 $76,550 22.1 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 650 $18.57 $20.48 $42,590 8.0 %
13-2021 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate 30 $14.92 $15.23 $31,670 1.5 %
13-2031 Budget Analysts (6) $19.64 $20.81 $43,290 2.4 %
13-2041 Credit Analysts 40 $19.72 $22.81 $47,450 7.6 %
13-2051 Financial Analysts 30 $26.53 $28.10 $58,450 1.9 %
13-2072 Loan Officers 160 $22.34 $26.17 $54,440 6.4 %
13-2081 Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents 50 $18.67 $19.94 $41,470 5.7 %
13-2082 Tax Preparers 50 $10.85 $12.85 $26,730 17.9 %
Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations 660 $20.06 $21.13 $43,950 1.5 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 140 $22.34 $22.58 $46,970 2.8 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 150 $16.57 $16.96 $35,270 2.4 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 80 $23.93 $23.64 $49,180 2.4 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 110 $23.10 $22.88 $47,580 2.0 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 30 $17.56 $18.68 $38,850 4.5 %
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1,160 $21.41 $23.30 $48,470 2.0 %
17-1022 Surveyors 40 $21.96 $26.81 $55,760 16.8 %
17-2051 Civil Engineers 30 $26.07 $26.46 $55,040 3.4 %
17-2071 Electrical Engineers 40 $30.34 $30.38 $63,180 4.1 %
17-2111 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 30 $19.20 $20.45 $42,540 4.9 %
17-2112 Industrial Engineers 230 $23.97 $24.42 $50,790 2.8 %
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers 150 $29.27 $29.43 $61,210 5.0 %
17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters 40 $18.06 $18.71 $38,920 9.8 %
17-3013 Mechanical Drafters 80 $18.31 $19.61 $40,800 4.2 %
17-3026 Industrial Engineering Technicians 110 $15.49 $16.17 $33,640 3.7 %
17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians 40 $12.74 $14.26 $29,650 3.4 %
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 500 $18.61 $23.68 $49,260 6.8 %
19-2031 Chemists 40 $30.23 $26.36 $54,840 6.4 %
19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 30 $15.86 $16.40 $34,120 1.7 %
19-3031 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 110 $22.11 $32.52 $67,630 12.4 %
19-4031 Chemical Technicians 80 $15.79 $16.02 $33,320 7.3 %
Community and Social Services Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
21-0000 Community and Social Services Occupations 2,280 $13.85 $14.44 $30,040 3.3 %
21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 40 $13.99 $14.43 $30,010 2.0 %
21-1012 Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors 210 $19.03 $18.46 $38,400 3.1 %
21-1015 Rehabilitation Counselors 170 $12.00 $12.62 $26,260 6.1 %
21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 330 $16.82 $17.27 $35,930 1.3 %
21-1022 Medical and Public Health Social Workers 120 $15.97 $16.31 $33,930 3.9 %
21-1023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 240 $13.72 $14.55 $30,260 5.3 %
Legal Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
23-0000 Legal Occupations 360 $16.80 $22.21 $46,200 6.8 %
23-1011 Lawyers 110 $31.44 $36.17 $75,240 10.6 %
23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 100 $14.90 $14.57 $30,310 2.8 %
23-2093 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers (6) $13.56 $13.66 $28,410 3.7 %
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9,150 $15.86 $15.62 $32,490 2.3 %
25-1011 Business Teachers, Postsecondary 60 (4) (4) $44,220 1.5 %
25-1022 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 70 (4) (4) $39,380 1.9 %
25-1042 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 50 (4) (4) $42,360 1.6 %
25-1071 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 50 (4) (4) $46,860 1.5 %
25-1121 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 60 (4) (4) $42,680 1.7 %
25-1123 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 80 (4) (4) $41,420 1.7 %
25-2011 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 610 $8.01 $8.86 $18,440 3.8 %
25-2012 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 160 (4) (4) $37,640 2.1 %
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 1,370 (4) (4) $34,680 1.5 %
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education (6) (4) (4) $34,080 2.3 %
25-2023 Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School (6) (4) (4) $33,990 3.3 %
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education 990 (4) (4) $37,680 2.5 %
25-2032 Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School 200 (4) (4) $39,950 1.5 %
25-2041 Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 170 (4) (4) $44,840 6.7 %
25-2042 Special Education Teachers, Middle School (6) (4) (4) $34,530 2.1 %
25-2043 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School 80 (4) (4) $35,500 3.5 %
25-3011 Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and Ged Teachers and Instructors 150 $15.00 $14.74 $30,660 2.7 %
25-3021 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 30 $20.49 $20.29 $42,200 9.5 %
25-4021 Librarians 170 $17.89 $18.36 $38,190 2.8 %
25-4031 Library Technicians 110 $9.80 $10.29 $21,400 6.7 %
25-9031 Instructional Coordinators 60 $22.09 $21.50 $44,730 2.5 %
25-9041 Teacher Assistants 1,310 (4) (4) $17,100 2.0 %
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 730 $14.03 $18.43 $38,330 7.6 %
27-1023 Floral Designers 50 $9.32 $9.12 $18,960 7.2 %
27-1024 Graphic Designers 60 $14.40 $16.63 $34,580 4.5 %
27-1026 Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 30 $9.03 $12.39 $25,770 15.2 %
27-2022 Coaches and Scouts 40 (4) (4) $32,910 4.8 %
27-3010 Announcers 40 $8.06 $9.12 $18,960 3.4 %
27-3020 News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents 40 $10.82 $11.75 $24,440 5.4 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 60 $20.71 $25.07 $52,150 6.5 %
27-3091 Interpreters and Translators 40 $13.35 $13.52 $28,120 3.3 %
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 7,510 $19.97 $25.53 $53,090 3.8 %
29-1020 Dentists (6) (5) $88.35 $183,770 14.0 %
29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists 40 $18.95 $19.59 $40,740 2.2 %
29-1051 Pharmacists 200 $35.47 $35.66 $74,180 3.1 %
29-1061 Anesthesiologists 40 (5) (5) (5) 10.2 %
29-1063 Internists, General 220 $56.62 $61.12 $127,120 18.9 %
29-1065 Pediatricians, General 50 (5) $76.10 $158,300 14.7 %
29-1067 Surgeons 130 (5) (5) (5) 6.4 %
29-1071 Physician Assistants 140 $33.63 $38.06 $79,160 14.2 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 2,610 $21.69 $23.20 $48,250 2.2 %
29-1122 Occupational Therapists 180 $23.43 $23.04 $47,930 3.5 %
29-1123 Physical Therapists 110 $25.17 $26.62 $55,380 5.3 %
29-1126 Respiratory Therapists 90 $18.44 $18.75 $39,000 2.0 %
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists 100 $23.91 $23.50 $48,870 2.9 %
29-1131 Veterinarians 40 $47.07 $45.10 $93,800 8.4 %
29-2011 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 90 $17.50 $18.32 $38,100 2.4 %
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 90 $14.11 $13.73 $28,550 2.6 %
29-2021 Dental Hygienists (6) $25.07 $24.86 $51,700 7.0 %
29-2031 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 30 $10.29 $11.82 $24,590 1.9 %
29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 30 $19.56 $19.31 $40,160 3.5 %
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 310 $22.88 $22.93 $47,690 4.7 %
29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 210 $12.30 $12.59 $26,190 1.4 %
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians 300 $9.71 $9.83 $20,440 2.3 %
29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians (6) $15.87 $15.27 $31,770 3.9 %
29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians (6) $15.96 $16.15 $33,590 3.0 %
29-2055 Surgical Technologists 110 $15.86 $15.91 $33,100 1.5 %
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 70 $12.63 $12.60 $26,200 3.6 %
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 540 $15.98 $15.98 $33,230 1.4 %
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 180 $10.15 $10.46 $21,760 2.2 %
Healthcare Support Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 4,500 $9.73 $10.10 $21,010 2.0 %
31-1011 Home Health Aides 1,170 $8.12 $8.20 $17,060 2.2 %
31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,630 $9.51 $9.59 $19,950 1.5 %
31-2011 Occupational Therapist Assistants 30 $16.00 $15.44 $32,110 4.5 %
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants 60 $17.47 $17.68 $36,780 2.9 %
31-9011 Massage Therapists (6) $12.39 $12.46 $25,910 4.6 %
31-9091 Dental Assistants 320 $13.19 $13.37 $27,820 3.3 %
31-9092 Medical Assistants 410 $11.46 $11.85 $24,650 3.7 %
31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists 130 $13.25 $13.46 $27,990 1.7 %
31-9095 Pharmacy Aides (6) $8.59 $12.03 $25,010 12.8 %
31-9096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 40 $9.47 $9.32 $19,380 3.2 %
Protective Service Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 2,620 $12.14 $12.58 $26,160 2.9 %
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives 170 $18.39 $18.95 $39,420 1.7 %
33-2011 Fire Fighters 220 $12.83 $12.97 $26,980 3.3 %
33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers 620 $12.48 $12.63 $26,270 3.3 %
33-3021 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 90 $15.71 $16.69 $34,710 3.7 %
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 490 $13.63 $15.05 $31,300 3.1 %
33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators (6) $9.80 $10.81 $22,490 12.6 %
33-9032 Security Guards 660 $7.99 $8.56 $17,800 3.0 %
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11,000 $6.93 $7.59 $15,790 1.6 %
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks 190 $8.45 $9.83 $20,450 12.0 %
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 850 $11.68 $12.63 $26,270 3.3 %
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food 720 $6.76 $6.88 $14,320 3.3 %
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 480 $8.50 $8.80 $18,310 2.6 %
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 240 $7.73 $7.74 $16,110 2.3 %
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order 200 $7.97 $8.27 $17,200 5.3 %
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers (6) $6.59 $6.82 $14,180 6.2 %
35-3011 Bartenders 210 $6.36 $7.03 $14,630 7.5 %
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3,300 $6.63 $6.82 $14,190 1.7 %
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 200 $6.92 $6.97 $14,500 3.4 %
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 1,860 $6.63 $7.19 $14,960 3.4 %
35-3041 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 380 $7.73 $7.84 $16,310 2.2 %
35-9011 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 170 $7.13 $7.33 $15,240 2.8 %
35-9021 Dishwashers 410 $6.89 $7.02 $14,590 2.5 %
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 300 $6.81 $7.22 $15,010 4.1 %
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3,670 $8.45 $9.22 $19,170 1.4 %
37-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 200 $11.77 $13.04 $27,130 3.3 %
37-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers 80 $15.44 $16.57 $34,470 4.5 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1,870 $8.32 $8.83 $18,360 1.5 %
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 680 $7.36 $7.40 $15,390 2.3 %
37-2021 Pest Control Workers 80 $10.64 $10.61 $22,070 5.4 %
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 700 $9.66 $9.80 $20,380 2.6 %
Personal Care and Service Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2,590 $8.69 $9.25 $19,240 2.0 %
39-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Personal Service Workers 80 $13.92 $14.86 $30,900 4.7 %
39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 90 $8.87 $8.71 $18,120 4.1 %
39-3091 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 140 $6.74 $7.05 $14,660 3.4 %
39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 200 $8.29 $9.48 $19,710 10.0 %
39-9011 Child Care Workers 370 $7.63 $8.00 $16,640 4.4 %
39-9021 Personal and Home Care Aides 1,110 $9.02 $9.07 $18,880 3.6 %
39-9031 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 130 $11.70 $12.30 $25,580 8.1 %
39-9032 Recreation Workers 230 $8.26 $9.29 $19,330 4.4 %
Sales and Related Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 14,190 $9.27 $13.22 $27,490 2.7 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 1,640 $13.84 $15.48 $32,200 4.0 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 400 $16.60 $19.55 $40,660 7.2 %
41-2011 Cashiers 4,550 $7.42 $7.57 $15,740 1.7 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 310 $10.67 $11.65 $24,230 7.9 %
41-2022 Parts Salespersons 200 $12.24 $13.13 $27,310 7.3 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 3,880 $8.54 $10.70 $22,250 4.8 %
41-3011 Advertising Sales Agents 90 $14.91 $15.19 $31,600 4.5 %
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents 190 $21.15 $24.47 $50,890 12.3 %
41-3031 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 50 $17.77 $27.17 $56,510 14.0 %
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 370 $18.58 $22.98 $47,810 12.2 %
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1,870 $19.86 $24.98 $51,960 5.1 %
41-9011 Demonstrators and Product Promoters 50 $10.72 $13.14 $27,320 7.5 %
41-9021 Real Estate Brokers 60 $14.00 $16.44 $34,200 9.7 %
41-9031 Sales Engineers 50 $30.28 $32.37 $67,320 15.7 %
41-9041 Telemarketers 100 $9.69 $9.57 $19,900 3.4 %
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23,300 $11.60 $12.45 $25,900 1.1 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1,240 $16.81 $18.04 $37,530 2.0 %
43-2011 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 300 $10.09 $9.96 $20,730 1.5 %
43-3011 Bill and Account Collectors (6) $12.12 $12.84 $26,700 2.1 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 660 $11.40 $11.85 $24,650 1.7 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,780 $12.63 $14.16 $29,460 5.3 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 280 $12.62 $12.69 $26,400 1.5 %
43-3061 Procurement Clerks 100 $12.64 $13.24 $27,550 5.0 %
43-3071 Tellers 690 $9.83 $9.81 $20,410 2.9 %
43-4031 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks (6) $11.46 $12.29 $25,570 4.5 %
43-4041 Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks 40 $12.85 $12.97 $26,970 2.5 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 1,790 $12.33 $12.65 $26,310 1.7 %
43-4061 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 170 $12.98 $13.18 $27,420 2.1 %
43-4071 File Clerks 180 $9.55 $9.66 $20,100 2.2 %
43-4081 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 150 $7.61 $7.50 $15,590 4.9 %
43-4111 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 250 $10.65 $10.79 $22,440 1.9 %
43-4121 Library Assistants, Clerical 70 $9.54 $9.50 $19,750 1.7 %
43-4131 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 70 $12.49 $12.65 $26,310 7.6 %
43-4141 New Accounts Clerks (6) $15.60 $14.75 $30,670 8.9 %
43-4151 Order Clerks 430 $12.24 $12.70 $26,410 3.9 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 240 $12.87 $13.13 $27,310 1.2 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 860 $10.16 $10.27 $21,360 2.1 %
43-5031 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers 100 $11.55 $11.57 $24,060 1.6 %
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 170 $16.22 $16.86 $35,070 4.2 %
43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities 30 $10.89 $11.20 $23,300 2.2 %
43-5051 Postal Service Clerks 80 $19.19 $18.91 $39,330 2.4 %
43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers 370 $18.57 $18.70 $38,890 1.5 %
43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 180 $18.72 $17.90 $37,220 3.6 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 580 $13.13 $14.27 $29,680 1.8 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1,480 $11.18 $11.59 $24,110 1.4 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2,380 $10.05 $10.49 $21,810 3.2 %
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 170 $12.14 $12.72 $26,460 4.1 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 1,530 $13.93 $14.76 $30,700 2.0 %
43-6012 Legal Secretaries 250 $13.35 $13.64 $28,380 4.4 %
43-6013 Medical Secretaries 590 $11.32 $11.71 $24,370 3.0 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,150 $10.56 $10.74 $22,330 1.3 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 160 $13.67 $14.11 $29,350 1.9 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 500 $10.38 $10.50 $21,840 1.5 %
43-9022 Word Processors and Typists 40 $11.26 $11.45 $23,810 2.5 %
43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 80 $14.54 $15.33 $31,880 4.3 %
43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 70 $8.54 $8.81 $18,330 6.9 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 2,620 $10.12 $10.44 $21,710 2.0 %
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 140 $11.14 $11.76 $24,460 7.7 %
45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products 30 $14.40 $14.17 $29,480 5.8 %
Construction and Extraction Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4,390 $13.15 $13.90 $28,910 1.5 %
47-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 450 $18.63 $19.97 $41,540 3.1 %
47-2021 Brickmasons and Blockmasons 160 $19.99 $19.15 $39,830 3.9 %
47-2031 Carpenters 470 $13.02 $12.92 $26,870 2.9 %
47-2041 Carpet Installers 30 $12.60 $12.77 $26,570 4.4 %
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers (6) $13.59 $14.88 $30,950 4.7 %
47-2061 Construction Laborers 420 $10.10 $10.11 $21,030 3.4 %
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 390 $14.70 $15.54 $32,320 7.2 %
47-2111 Electricians 530 $14.18 $14.46 $30,080 2.0 %
47-2121 Glaziers 50 $12.80 $12.60 $26,210 2.4 %
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 110 $12.54 $12.50 $26,000 1.8 %
47-2151 Pipelayers 100 $12.51 $13.23 $27,520 2.5 %
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 150 $14.06 $14.64 $30,440 1.9 %
47-2181 Roofers 100 $12.11 $12.04 $25,030 2.6 %
47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers 430 $12.83 $13.00 $27,040 2.0 %
47-3012 Helpers—Carpenters 70 $10.74 $10.79 $22,440 3.3 %
47-3013 Helpers—Electricians 140 $9.81 $9.77 $20,330 3.0 %
47-4011 Construction and Building Inspectors 50 $18.15 $18.21 $37,870 1.5 %
47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers 60 $10.72 $10.77 $22,400 1.8 %
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6,170 $14.48 $15.48 $32,190 1.3 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 560 $20.85 $22.14 $46,040 2.4 %
49-2011 Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 50 $17.26 $21.46 $44,640 10.2 %
49-2022 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 80 $22.77 $21.19 $44,070 6.1 %
49-2092 Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 50 $13.93 $14.70 $30,580 2.3 %
49-2094 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 90 $16.34 $17.45 $36,300 4.4 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 110 $19.42 $19.22 $39,970 3.5 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 680 $15.76 $16.76 $34,860 5.3 %
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 340 $15.19 $14.97 $31,140 1.8 %
49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics 60 $12.89 $13.03 $27,100 4.0 %
49-3042 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 50 $15.80 $15.56 $32,370 4.5 %
49-3053 Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 40 $12.81 $13.08 $27,200 7.7 %
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers (6) $10.43 $10.42 $21,680 4.9 %
49-9012 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door 40 $20.05 $18.73 $38,950 5.1 %
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 220 $11.76 $12.69 $26,400 6.2 %
49-9031 Home Appliance Repairers 90 $13.49 $13.88 $28,870 12.7 %
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 630 $13.21 $13.91 $28,920 2.6 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1,650 $14.04 $14.59 $30,360 1.5 %
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery 300 $15.04 $14.64 $30,440 3.0 %
49-9044 Millwrights 60 $10.41 $11.60 $24,130 7.0 %
49-9051 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 130 $19.54 $19.47 $40,490 6.2 %
49-9091 Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers 90 $13.27 $13.95 $29,010 8.1 %
49-9098 Helpers—Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 180 $8.96 $9.93 $20,660 11.0 %
Production Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
51-0000 Production Occupations 44,400 $12.14 $12.88 $26,790 1.1 %
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers 2,660 $18.52 $18.87 $39,250 1.3 %
51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 60 $12.05 $12.16 $25,300 3.6 %
51-2092 Team Assemblers 3,870 $11.27 $12.00 $24,970 2.5 %
51-3011 Bakers 220 $6.77 $7.72 $16,050 5.3 %
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters 90 $12.30 $12.51 $26,010 2.4 %
51-3092 Food Batchmakers 50 $8.52 $9.45 $19,650 9.1 %
51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 30 $10.97 $10.88 $22,620 3.2 %
51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 410 $10.77 $11.14 $23,170 4.2 %
51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 180 $10.84 $11.32 $23,540 3.3 %
51-4041 Machinists 740 $14.29 $14.52 $30,190 2.5 %
51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 180 $10.55 $10.80 $22,460 4.1 %
51-4081 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 290 $14.51 $14.37 $29,890 3.1 %
51-4111 Tool and Die Makers 130 $18.20 $18.19 $37,830 3.1 %
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 300 $11.80 $11.92 $24,800 3.6 %
51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 50 $12.62 $12.63 $26,270 4.6 %
51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners 50 $13.91 $13.75 $28,600 4.0 %
51-5022 Prepress Technicians and Workers 80 $13.14 $13.22 $27,490 3.5 %
51-5023 Printing Machine Operators 180 $13.45 $13.57 $28,230 2.8 %
51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 190 $8.20 $9.14 $19,010 7.2 %
51-6021 Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials 430 $10.04 $10.12 $21,060 1.9 %
51-6031 Sewing Machine Operators 3,570 $11.58 $12.34 $25,660 2.2 %
51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers 40 $9.37 $9.48 $19,720 4.4 %
51-6061 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 660 $10.14 $10.16 $21,130 2.2 %
51-6062 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 700 $12.79 $13.41 $27,890 4.3 %
51-6063 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,430 $11.98 $12.29 $25,560 3.2 %
51-6064 Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,180 $10.18 $10.42 $21,670 2.4 %
51-6091 Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 210 $12.41 $12.86 $26,760 4.4 %
51-6092 Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers 240 $16.30 $16.32 $33,940 3.0 %
51-6093 Upholsterers 3,330 $17.49 $17.50 $36,400 2.2 %
51-7011 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 1,670 $11.67 $12.04 $25,040 3.3 %
51-7021 Furniture Finishers 1,520 $11.23 $11.51 $23,940 1.5 %
51-7031 Model Makers, Wood 100 $13.56 $14.21 $29,550 2.8 %
51-7032 Patternmakers, Wood 50 $16.47 $16.02 $33,320 5.5 %
51-7041 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 750 $10.84 $11.01 $22,890 2.3 %
51-7042 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 2,290 $11.66 $11.59 $24,100 1.4 %
51-8021 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators 40 $12.85 $13.38 $27,840 5.8 %
51-8031 Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators 140 $12.86 $13.29 $27,640 2.4 %
51-9022 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 390 $10.66 $11.07 $23,030 1.7 %
51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 260 $10.67 $11.37 $23,650 9.0 %
51-9031 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 1,570 $15.20 $15.33 $31,880 5.2 %
51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 250 $11.28 $11.44 $23,800 2.3 %
51-9041 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 110 $15.27 $14.64 $30,460 3.2 %
51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 450 $13.28 $13.30 $27,650 3.0 %
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2,210 $11.38 $11.86 $24,670 2.2 %
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 500 $10.52 $10.69 $22,230 1.8 %
51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 560 $10.97 $11.16 $23,210 1.9 %
51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment 50 $17.34 $19.15 $39,830 12.8 %
51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 230 $9.95 $10.19 $21,190 3.7 %
51-9132 Photographic Processing Machine Operators (6) $6.60 $7.03 $14,630 6.3 %
51-9191 Cementing and Gluing Machine Operators and Tenders 560 $10.91 $11.19 $23,270 2.0 %
51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 200 $12.55 $12.35 $25,690 3.9 %
51-9198 Helpers—Production Workers 1,920 $10.22 $10.38 $21,600 2.2 %
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 14,810 $11.32 $12.68 $26,370 2.0 %
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 310 $16.89 $17.56 $36,530 2.2 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 290 $20.17 $21.19 $44,070 3.4 %
53-3021 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 50 $10.50 $12.60 $26,210 11.1 %
53-3022 Bus Drivers, School 190 $9.16 $8.91 $18,530 8.1 %
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers 540 $15.86 $14.54 $30,240 6.6 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 3,340 $15.98 $17.30 $35,970 2.6 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light Or Delivery Services 1,150 $10.99 $12.50 $25,990 8.1 %
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 50 $8.47 $9.15 $19,040 3.8 %
53-6031 Service Station Attendants (6) $9.08 $9.98 $20,750 13.9 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1,260 $11.30 $11.63 $24,190 2.0 %
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 350 $9.29 $10.65 $22,150 7.1 %
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3,690 $9.98 $10.32 $21,460 1.8 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1,640 $9.64 $9.67 $20,100 2.8 %
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 140 $9.97 $9.95 $20,690 2.7 %

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Estimates for residual, "All Other", occupations are not available.

(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.

(4) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(6) Estimates not released.



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