Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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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)
31,220 5.1 % $17.47 $36,330 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.26 $11.58 $15.44 $20.80 $28.11
Annual Wage (2) $19,260 $24,080 $32,110 $43,260 $58,470

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Investigation and security services 11,480 $16.93 $35,220
State government (OES designation) 1,980 $20.08 $41,760
Local government (OES designation) 990 $18.72 $38,930
Legal services 980 $23.16 $48,170
Management of companies and enterprises 860 $21.83 $45,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management and technical consulting services (7) $34.87 $72,530
Professional and similar organizations (7) $28.48 $59,240
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 300 $26.81 $55,760
Scientific research and development services 140 $25.27 $52,570
Power generation and supply 110 $24.78 $51,550

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
Mississippi 520 $9.26 $19,270 0.047%
Maryland 1,100 $17.11 $35,590 0.045%
Texas 3,660 $17.43 $36,260 0.039%
Oklahoma 500 $17.04 $35,440 0.035%
Nevada 390 $18.30 $38,070 0.035%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Arizona 470 $26.18 $54,460 0.020%
Washington 570 $22.18 $46,130 0.022%
New York 1,720 $21.55 $44,820 0.021%
Colorado 390 $21.16 $44,020 0.018%
New Jersey 870 $20.98 $43,630 0.022%

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
Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA 70 $11.22 $23,340 0.104%
Missoula, MT MSA 40 $17.83 $37,080 0.073%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 140 $21.29 $44,280 0.070%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 90 $14.71 $30,590 0.059%
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN PMSA 510 $17.21 $35,800 0.059%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Diego, CA MSA 120 $28.83 $59,970 0.010%
San Jose, CA PMSA 90 $27.28 $56,750 0.011%
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 300 $25.86 $53,780 0.039%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 100 $25.69 $53,430 0.042%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 140 $25.06 $52,130 0.018%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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