Occupational Employment Statistics

November 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 162,760 $12.13 $14.53 $30,220 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 6,510 $30.11 $36.98 $76,930 2.1 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 150 (5) $72.04 $149,830 3.9 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 2,400 $30.92 $40.33 $83,880 3.2 %
11-2011 Advertising and Promotions Managers 50 $19.86 $27.53 $57,270 8.8 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 110 $41.83 $48.74 $101,380 5.2 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 360 $38.05 $44.17 $91,870 3.5 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 130 $26.27 $29.26 $60,860 4.6 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 150 $31.41 $31.83 $66,210 2.5 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 490 $33.23 $38.95 $81,020 5.7 %
11-3040 Human Resources Managers 170 $23.56 $27.35 $56,890 3.0 %
11-3051 Industrial Production Managers 580 $30.93 $33.98 $70,680 3.4 %
11-3061 Purchasing Managers 230 $28.94 $36.30 $75,510 11.5 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 110 $23.75 $26.90 $55,950 3.0 %
11-9032 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 260 (4) (4) $60,820 2.7 %
11-9033 Education Administrators, Postsecondary 90 $26.21 $26.78 $55,690 1.3 %
11-9041 Engineering Managers 200 $34.67 $37.42 $77,840 4.6 %
11-9051 Food Service Managers 230 $17.94 $18.92 $39,340 8.3 %
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers 250 $28.55 $30.20 $62,810 3.0 %
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers 80 $22.90 $23.97 $49,860 8.9 %
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 2,600 $19.52 $21.38 $44,460 2.7 %
13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 100 $21.46 $23.93 $49,780 7.2 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 250 $18.40 $19.65 $40,860 1.8 %
13-1031 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 80 $14.36 $15.55 $32,350 3.7 %
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 50 $16.16 $18.42 $38,310 4.5 %
13-1051 Cost Estimators 140 $18.99 $20.25 $42,120 3.6 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 170 $16.66 $19.27 $40,070 6.7 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 80 $18.01 $19.18 $39,900 4.0 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 150 $20.53 $20.49 $42,610 3.6 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 50 $27.50 $34.96 $72,730 14.6 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 660 $19.23 $22.10 $45,970 8.0 %
13-2021 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate 50 $17.83 $18.91 $39,330 2.6 %
13-2031 Budget Analysts (7) $18.17 $19.53 $40,630 2.5 %
13-2041 Credit Analysts 50 $19.06 $19.63 $40,840 3.0 %
13-2052 Personal Financial Advisors 80 $25.89 $28.78 $59,870 5.3 %
13-2072 Loan Officers 140 $22.70 $23.87 $49,660 9.0 %
13-2081 Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents 60 $16.93 $18.63 $38,750 4.9 %
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 790 $20.77 $22.48 $46,760 4.2 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 160 $26.09 $25.98 $54,030 3.4 %
15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications 60 $44.57 $38.25 $79,560 5.7 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 170 $16.61 $17.31 $35,990 2.3 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 100 $25.25 $25.10 $52,220 2.1 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 90 $22.11 $21.80 $45,340 2.1 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 40 $18.88 $19.61 $40,780 3.4 %
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 1,230 $21.61 $23.23 $48,310 2.3 %
17-1022 Surveyors 30 $18.39 $25.14 $52,300 18.8 %
17-2051 Civil Engineers 30 $26.89 $27.39 $56,980 3.8 %
17-2071 Electrical Engineers 40 $29.02 $28.43 $59,130 2.4 %
17-2111 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 40 $19.14 $20.17 $41,950 5.2 %
17-2112 Industrial Engineers 250 $23.40 $24.04 $50,000 2.4 %
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers 200 $28.77 $28.79 $59,880 5.6 %
17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters 50 $19.41 $20.83 $43,340 14.0 %
17-3013 Mechanical Drafters 70 $18.10 $20.64 $42,920 4.9 %
17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 100 $21.17 $20.80 $43,270 3.1 %
17-3026 Industrial Engineering Technicians 90 $15.57 $16.94 $35,240 5.5 %
17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians 50 $14.03 $15.32 $31,870 5.5 %
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 520 $19.62 $24.59 $51,160 5.8 %
19-2031 Chemists 40 $31.12 $29.03 $60,380 3.7 %
19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 30 $15.89 $16.68 $34,690 1.7 %
19-3031 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 140 $21.24 $30.80 $64,060 12.3 %
19-4031 Chemical Technicians 60 $17.98 $18.39 $38,250 4.3 %
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 2,550 $13.74 $14.42 $29,990 3.1 %
21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 50 $13.66 $14.51 $30,180 2.0 %
21-1012 Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors 250 $17.96 $17.89 $37,200 3.4 %
21-1015 Rehabilitation Counselors 190 $11.31 $12.29 $25,570 6.3 %
21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 340 $16.90 $17.44 $36,270 1.8 %
21-1022 Medical and Public Health Social Workers 140 $15.76 $16.07 $33,430 2.8 %
21-1023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 310 $13.52 $14.46 $30,080 4.6 %
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 320 $17.45 $22.08 $45,930 6.9 %
23-1011 Lawyers 110 $27.95 $31.96 $66,480 10.5 %
23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 70 $14.92 $14.56 $30,290 1.9 %
23-2093 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers (7) $13.38 $13.62 $28,320 3.2 %
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 9,050 $15.74 $15.65 $32,540 2.6 %
25-1011 Business Teachers, Postsecondary 70 (4) (4) $45,860 1.5 %
25-1021 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 60 (4) (4) $41,040 4.2 %
25-1022 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 60 (4) (4) $42,250 2.1 %
25-1042 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 30 (4) (4) $44,900 1.6 %
25-1071 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 50 (4) (4) $49,400 1.5 %
25-1072 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 40 (4) (4) $49,760 2.3 %
25-1121 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 60 (4) (4) $44,860 1.8 %
25-1123 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 80 (4) (4) $42,130 1.9 %
25-1124 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 30 (4) (4) $46,540 1.8 %
25-2011 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 500 $8.29 $9.04 $18,800 4.6 %
25-2012 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 180 (4) (4) $36,620 2.5 %
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 1,880 (4) (4) $35,200 1.3 %
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education 1,220 (4) (4) $34,950 1.6 %
25-2023 Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School 70 (4) (4) $36,240 3.9 %
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education 820 (4) (4) $36,370 2.3 %
25-2032 Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School 130 (4) (4) $40,450 1.2 %
25-2041 Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 350 (4) (4) $40,340 7.9 %
25-2042 Special Education Teachers, Middle School 140 (4) (4) $35,140 3.3 %
25-2043 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School 90 (4) (4) $35,670 1.6 %
25-3011 Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and Ged Teachers and Instructors 190 $15.24 $14.97 $31,130 1.9 %
25-3021 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 40 $16.51 $16.86 $35,080 5.2 %
25-4021 Librarians 180 $18.66 $18.97 $39,460 1.7 %
25-4031 Library Technicians 80 $11.14 $11.23 $23,360 4.1 %
25-9031 Instructional Coordinators 60 $21.71 $21.31 $44,330 2.2 %
25-9041 Teacher Assistants 1,600 (4) (4) $16,640 1.6 %
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 760 $14.17 $17.99 $37,430 7.3 %
27-1021 Commercial and Industrial Designers 80 (7) (7) (7) (7)
27-1023 Floral Designers (7) $7.04 $7.83 $16,290 10.8 %
27-1024 Graphic Designers 70 $15.18 $16.44 $34,190 3.8 %
27-2022 Coaches and Scouts 70 (4) (4) $28,220 12.3 %
27-3010 Announcers 40 $8.09 $9.19 $19,120 5.5 %
27-3020 News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents 50 $10.55 $11.45 $23,820 5.1 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 70 $21.44 $24.98 $51,970 6.1 %
27-3091 Interpreters and Translators 50 $12.24 $12.77 $26,550 4.5 %
27-4021 Photographers 30 $10.66 $12.12 $25,210 10.2 %
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 7,640 $20.15 $25.12 $52,250 3.6 %
29-1020 Dentists (7) (5) $86.21 $179,320 17.2 %
29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists 40 $19.41 $20.04 $41,680 2.3 %
29-1051 Pharmacists 220 $36.02 $35.33 $73,490 3.8 %
29-1062 Family and General Practitioners 90 $68.02 $70.06 $145,730 14.0 %
29-1063 Internists, General 150 $59.15 $61.17 $127,240 16.6 %
29-1065 Pediatricians, General 50 (5) $74.21 $154,350 14.3 %
29-1067 Surgeons 100 (5) (5) (5) 7.2 %
29-1071 Physician Assistants 140 $32.45 $36.87 $76,700 12.7 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 2,670 $22.24 $23.96 $49,840 2.5 %
29-1122 Occupational Therapists 180 $23.97 $23.70 $49,290 3.2 %
29-1123 Physical Therapists 90 $25.32 $26.72 $55,580 4.5 %
29-1125 Recreational Therapists 30 $14.72 $14.74 $30,670 2.4 %
29-1126 Respiratory Therapists 90 $18.97 $19.15 $39,830 1.9 %
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists 120 $23.61 $23.64 $49,160 3.0 %
29-1131 Veterinarians 60 $42.02 $45.50 $94,630 6.8 %
29-2011 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 90 $18.37 $19.31 $40,160 2.0 %
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 100 $14.71 $14.21 $29,550 3.7 %
29-2021 Dental Hygienists (7) $26.02 $26.07 $54,230 7.6 %
29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 30 $19.80 $19.48 $40,520 4.5 %
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 200 $21.50 $22.06 $45,880 3.8 %
29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 220 $12.75 $12.67 $26,360 1.4 %
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians 320 $9.71 $9.93 $20,650 2.4 %
29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians (7) $16.14 $15.55 $32,350 3.8 %
29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians (7) $16.24 $16.45 $34,210 3.3 %
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 50 $11.69 $11.65 $24,240 7.9 %
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 550 $16.47 $16.37 $34,050 1.6 %
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 200 $10.40 $10.96 $22,800 2.4 %
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 4,460 $9.95 $10.24 $21,290 2.1 %
31-1011 Home Health Aides 1,140 $8.20 $8.30 $17,270 2.3 %
31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,630 $9.94 $10.00 $20,800 1.7 %
31-2011 Occupational Therapist Assistants 30 $16.38 $15.99 $33,250 3.7 %
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants 60 $17.45 $17.64 $36,680 2.1 %
31-9011 Massage Therapists (7) $12.40 $12.31 $25,600 4.0 %
31-9091 Dental Assistants 290 $13.00 $13.09 $27,220 3.6 %
31-9092 Medical Assistants 390 $11.21 $11.29 $23,480 5.1 %
31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists 130 $13.56 $13.76 $28,620 1.3 %
31-9095 Pharmacy Aides (7) $8.76 $12.71 $26,430 9.8 %
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 2,760 $12.29 $12.79 $26,600 3.3 %
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives 170 $18.91 $19.74 $41,050 2.0 %
33-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 60 $19.22 $19.44 $40,440 4.9 %
33-2011 Fire Fighters 280 $12.49 $12.54 $26,090 3.3 %
33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers 790 $12.33 $12.46 $25,920 3.1 %
33-3021 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 90 $15.52 $16.48 $34,270 4.1 %
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 490 $13.88 $15.23 $31,670 3.2 %
33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators (7) $9.94 $10.86 $22,590 12.1 %
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 11,240 $7.14 $7.93 $16,490 2.4 %
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks 440 $7.79 $8.45 $17,580 10.2 %
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 840 $11.60 $12.80 $26,630 5.2 %
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food (7) $6.70 $6.74 $14,010 2.9 %
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 320 $8.62 $8.95 $18,620 3.1 %
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 460 $8.70 $8.89 $18,490 3.3 %
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order (7) $7.01 $7.20 $14,970 4.9 %
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers (7) $6.62 $6.89 $14,340 5.6 %
35-3011 Bartenders 250 $6.70 $8.11 $16,870 11.7 %
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3,040 $6.71 $6.94 $14,430 1.6 %
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 170 $7.23 $7.20 $14,970 4.3 %
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 2,060 $7.35 $8.52 $17,730 5.4 %
35-3041 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 380 $7.83 $7.94 $16,510 2.2 %
35-9011 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 190 $7.49 $7.44 $15,480 2.3 %
35-9021 Dishwashers 410 $7.14 $7.17 $14,920 2.3 %
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 350 $6.52 $6.74 $14,020 3.3 %
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 3,870 $8.54 $9.31 $19,370 1.7 %
37-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 170 $12.11 $13.45 $27,980 5.6 %
37-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers 110 $15.38 $16.44 $34,200 4.9 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1,890 $8.37 $8.81 $18,330 1.6 %
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 740 $7.38 $7.35 $15,280 2.7 %
37-2021 Pest Control Workers 80 $11.26 $11.71 $24,360 8.5 %
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 870 $10.02 $10.16 $21,130 2.8 %
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 2,320 $8.55 $9.15 $19,030 2.6 %
39-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Personal Service Workers 110 $12.90 $13.47 $28,020 7.0 %
39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 80 $9.00 $8.78 $18,270 4.5 %
39-3091 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 150 $6.83 $7.20 $14,980 3.2 %
39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 190 $8.27 $9.51 $19,770 10.6 %
39-9011 Child Care Workers 430 $7.55 $7.80 $16,230 4.0 %
39-9021 Personal and Home Care Aides 800 $9.39 $9.31 $19,370 4.8 %
39-9031 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 130 $10.79 $11.26 $23,420 3.6 %
39-9032 Recreation Workers 230 $8.62 $9.67 $20,110 4.5 %
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 14,870 $9.28 $13.46 $28,000 3.2 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 1,650 $13.82 $15.95 $33,170 4.9 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 370 $21.93 $24.71 $51,400 9.3 %
41-2011 Cashiers 4,880 $7.57 $7.67 $15,960 2.3 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 260 $10.17 $11.08 $23,040 5.9 %
41-2022 Parts Salespersons 280 $10.35 $11.37 $23,640 7.0 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 4,320 $8.83 $11.44 $23,790 5.6 %
41-3011 Advertising Sales Agents 80 $13.22 $14.50 $30,150 5.5 %
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents 200 $22.21 $28.09 $58,430 12.8 %
41-3031 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 40 $24.53 $34.15 $71,030 19.0 %
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 340 $18.29 $22.89 $47,620 11.1 %
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1,720 $21.23 $26.17 $54,420 5.8 %
41-9011 Demonstrators and Product Promoters (7) $10.17 $11.59 $24,110 11.5 %
41-9021 Real Estate Brokers 60 $14.87 $16.99 $35,340 9.4 %
41-9022 Real Estate Sales Agents 40 $15.98 $21.81 $45,370 16.4 %
41-9031 Sales Engineers 40 $32.02 $34.84 $72,470 17.2 %
41-9041 Telemarketers 80 $10.22 $10.82 $22,510 4.1 %
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 23,230 $11.57 $12.38 $25,740 1.1 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1,220 $16.61 $17.90 $37,230 2.5 %
43-2011 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 250 $9.83 $9.84 $20,470 1.3 %
43-3011 Bill and Account Collectors 280 $12.16 $12.86 $26,750 2.2 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 660 $11.51 $11.82 $24,580 2.6 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,690 $12.51 $13.12 $27,280 1.8 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 280 $12.85 $12.85 $26,740 1.4 %
43-3061 Procurement Clerks 80 $12.21 $12.85 $26,720 6.6 %
43-3071 Tellers 440 $9.96 $10.19 $21,190 3.3 %
43-4031 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 80 $11.87 $12.95 $26,940 4.2 %
43-4041 Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks 30 $12.95 $13.09 $27,230 3.0 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 2,210 $12.22 $12.59 $26,190 2.0 %
43-4061 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 170 $12.88 $13.03 $27,100 2.4 %
43-4071 File Clerks 140 $9.90 $9.91 $20,610 2.1 %
43-4081 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 200 $7.27 $7.45 $15,490 6.7 %
43-4111 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 210 $10.51 $10.63 $22,110 2.2 %
43-4121 Library Assistants, Clerical 80 $9.46 $9.34 $19,430 1.8 %
43-4131 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 100 $12.49 $12.49 $25,980 6.1 %
43-4141 New Accounts Clerks 70 (7) (7) (7) (7)
43-4151 Order Clerks 430 $11.97 $12.23 $25,440 3.4 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 240 $12.73 $13.05 $27,140 1.6 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1,000 $10.19 $10.35 $21,530 2.4 %
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 50 $13.62 $14.25 $29,640 3.1 %
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers 40 $11.32 $11.14 $23,160 3.4 %
43-5031 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers 110 $11.50 $11.49 $23,900 1.7 %
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 180 $18.24 $17.93 $37,300 4.3 %
43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities 60 $12.94 $12.77 $26,550 3.5 %
43-5051 Postal Service Clerks 70 $19.62 $19.77 $41,120 2.0 %
43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers 360 $19.81 $19.71 $40,990 1.6 %
43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 200 $18.55 $17.01 $35,370 3.3 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 540 $12.96 $14.16 $29,450 2.1 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1,650 $10.83 $11.36 $23,630 2.6 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2,510 $9.96 $10.48 $21,800 3.5 %
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 190 $11.48 $12.06 $25,090 3.1 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 1,700 $14.00 $14.91 $31,010 1.9 %
43-6012 Legal Secretaries 300 $13.71 $13.90 $28,910 3.7 %
43-6013 Medical Secretaries 560 $11.25 $11.66 $24,260 3.2 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,320 $10.73 $10.93 $22,730 1.3 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 120 $13.92 $14.81 $30,810 5.2 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 480 $10.40 $10.54 $21,920 1.5 %
43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 80 $14.47 $15.45 $32,130 4.0 %
43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 40 $10.38 $10.39 $21,610 6.3 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 2,540 $10.18 $10.40 $21,630 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 100 $15.05 $14.34 $29,820 5.6 %
45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products (7) $15.85 $15.46 $32,160 3.8 %
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 4,120 $13.33 $14.16 $29,450 1.6 %
47-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 430 $20.05 $20.91 $43,490 3.3 %
47-2021 Brickmasons and Blockmasons 220 $20.19 $19.36 $40,270 5.2 %
47-2031 Carpenters 460 $12.76 $12.64 $26,280 6.2 %
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers (7) $14.10 $15.07 $31,350 4.0 %
47-2061 Construction Laborers 430 $10.48 $10.60 $22,050 4.6 %
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 330 $14.93 $15.71 $32,680 7.1 %
47-2111 Electricians 470 $14.49 $14.72 $30,620 2.4 %
47-2121 Glaziers 30 $13.02 $12.74 $26,500 2.8 %
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 120 $12.32 $12.23 $25,430 2.3 %
47-2151 Pipelayers 100 $12.49 $13.17 $27,400 2.9 %
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 130 $14.07 $14.37 $29,900 1.6 %
47-2181 Roofers 90 $12.37 $12.44 $25,870 3.4 %
47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers 340 $13.58 $13.70 $28,490 1.7 %
47-3011 Helpers—Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters (7) $10.57 $10.58 $22,010 4.6 %
47-3012 Helpers—Carpenters 70 $11.53 $11.70 $24,340 3.7 %
47-3013 Helpers—Electricians 120 $10.03 $10.05 $20,900 3.2 %
47-4011 Construction and Building Inspectors 70 $18.37 $18.49 $38,460 2.2 %
47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers 50 $10.87 $10.90 $22,660 2.2 %
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 5,960 $14.67 $15.72 $32,700 1.7 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 500 $21.72 $23.08 $48,020 2.0 %
49-2011 Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers (7) $17.99 $25.44 $52,920 6.7 %
49-2022 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 70 $22.32 $20.77 $43,190 5.4 %
49-2092 Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 50 $14.05 $14.76 $30,710 2.2 %
49-2094 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 90 $15.41 $16.53 $34,390 5.3 %
49-2097 Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 50 $14.49 $13.35 $27,760 9.3 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers (7) $18.79 $18.46 $38,400 4.6 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 820 $16.64 $17.52 $36,450 4.1 %
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 260 $15.17 $15.21 $31,640 2.3 %
49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics 80 $12.92 $12.96 $26,960 3.9 %
49-3053 Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 40 $12.92 $13.22 $27,490 6.9 %
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers 140 $9.28 $9.64 $20,060 7.6 %
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (7) $13.22 $13.48 $28,040 5.6 %
49-9031 Home Appliance Repairers (7) $13.16 $13.81 $28,730 20.8 %
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 620 $13.49 $14.05 $29,230 2.4 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1,650 $14.05 $14.51 $30,190 1.6 %
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery 250 $13.91 $14.28 $29,710 3.4 %
49-9044 Millwrights 70 $10.91 $12.16 $25,300 8.0 %
49-9051 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 110 $20.17 $19.78 $41,130 7.3 %
49-9091 Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers 110 $13.69 $14.25 $29,630 8.9 %
49-9098 Helpers—Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 170 $8.66 $9.57 $19,900 8.2 %
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 42,860 $12.08 $12.86 $26,750 1.1 %
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers 2,680 $18.42 $19.03 $39,580 1.4 %
51-2021 Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers 190 $12.14 $11.63 $24,180 2.8 %
51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 40 $11.54 $11.60 $24,130 3.0 %
51-2092 Team Assemblers 4,430 $11.48 $11.84 $24,630 2.4 %
51-3011 Bakers 210 $7.13 $8.25 $17,150 5.3 %
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters 100 $12.31 $12.62 $26,250 1.9 %
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers (7) $14.27 $13.36 $27,780 5.3 %
51-3092 Food Batchmakers 40 $7.97 $9.24 $19,220 12.5 %
51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 420 $10.59 $11.02 $22,910 4.5 %
51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 130 $11.86 $12.33 $25,640 3.1 %
51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 320 $12.01 $12.59 $26,200 2.8 %
51-4035 Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 30 $12.42 $12.31 $25,600 2.7 %
51-4041 Machinists 680 $14.60 $15.40 $32,030 3.3 %
51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (7) $10.69 $10.95 $22,770 4.6 %
51-4081 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 300 $14.43 $14.35 $29,860 3.0 %
51-4111 Tool and Die Makers 120 $18.46 $18.20 $37,860 3.4 %
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 340 $11.72 $11.92 $24,800 3.1 %
51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 50 $12.34 $12.20 $25,370 5.0 %
51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners 50 $13.21 $13.35 $27,770 4.4 %
51-5022 Prepress Technicians and Workers 80 $11.12 $12.17 $25,320 5.7 %
51-5023 Printing Machine Operators 170 $13.23 $13.15 $27,350 4.7 %
51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 210 $8.16 $9.24 $19,230 4.3 %
51-6021 Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials 490 $9.63 $9.68 $20,140 2.7 %
51-6031 Sewing Machine Operators 3,240 $11.85 $12.50 $26,000 2.2 %
51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers 40 $9.55 $9.56 $19,880 4.1 %
51-6061 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 930 $10.84 $10.65 $22,150 3.1 %
51-6062 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 640 $12.44 $13.29 $27,640 5.3 %
51-6063 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,310 $11.88 $12.28 $25,540 3.0 %
51-6064 Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,010 $9.86 $9.81 $20,400 2.1 %
51-6091 Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers 220 $12.15 $12.54 $26,080 4.3 %
51-6092 Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers 300 $16.03 $16.18 $33,660 2.6 %
51-6093 Upholsterers 3,010 $17.22 $17.37 $36,140 2.0 %
51-7011 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 1,580 $11.68 $11.89 $24,740 3.5 %
51-7021 Furniture Finishers 1,560 $11.52 $11.80 $24,540 1.5 %
51-7031 Model Makers, Wood 130 $13.41 $13.67 $28,420 2.8 %
51-7032 Patternmakers, Wood 40 $15.27 $15.26 $31,750 4.8 %
51-7041 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 720 $11.11 $11.24 $23,370 3.0 %
51-7042 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 1,870 $11.79 $11.78 $24,510 1.3 %
51-8021 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators 60 $11.75 $12.63 $26,270 8.2 %
51-8031 Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators 130 $12.83 $13.24 $27,540 2.8 %
51-9022 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 410 $10.66 $11.06 $23,010 2.0 %
51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 300 $10.08 $10.19 $21,190 3.9 %
51-9031 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 1,400 $15.43 $15.50 $32,240 4.8 %
51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 290 $11.69 $11.85 $24,650 2.7 %
51-9041 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 120 $15.10 $14.49 $30,150 4.6 %
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2,240 $11.44 $12.03 $25,020 2.0 %
51-9071 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers 40 $14.18 $14.11 $29,350 4.0 %
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 550 $10.58 $10.74 $22,330 1.8 %
51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 640 $10.98 $11.20 $23,290 1.7 %
51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 120 $10.31 $10.34 $21,520 3.7 %
51-9132 Photographic Processing Machine Operators 70 $7.67 $7.67 $15,960 5.0 %
51-9191 Cementing and Gluing Machine Operators and Tenders 590 $11.27 $11.35 $23,610 1.5 %
51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 320 $12.32 $12.42 $25,830 2.5 %
51-9197 Tire Builders (7) $9.97 $10.07 $20,950 4.5 %
51-9198 Helpers—Production Workers 2,370 $10.31 $10.53 $21,910 2.0 %
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 15,020 $11.46 $12.93 $26,900 2.2 %
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 370 $16.81 $17.52 $36,430 1.9 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 350 $22.09 $22.63 $47,070 3.3 %
53-3021 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 40 $14.54 $14.23 $29,610 16.1 %
53-3022 Bus Drivers, School 280 $9.52 $9.31 $19,360 4.4 %
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers 830 $16.38 $15.50 $32,240 4.8 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 3,200 $16.59 $17.87 $37,170 2.9 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light Or Delivery Services 1,260 $11.49 $12.95 $26,930 5.6 %
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 40 $8.61 $9.42 $19,580 4.1 %
53-6031 Service Station Attendants (7) $11.15 $11.10 $23,090 7.9 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1,250 $11.46 $11.65 $24,230 1.9 %
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 420 $10.41 $10.97 $22,810 6.6 %
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3,610 $9.78 $10.17 $21,160 2.1 %
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 970 $10.03 $10.04 $20,880 1.4 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1,660 $9.43 $9.52 $19,800 2.5 %
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 230 $9.73 $9.89 $20,570 3.3 %

About November 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.

(7) Estimates not released.



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