Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Ames, IA



For metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 Ames, IA, a metropolitan statistical area in Iowa.

Additional information, including the hourly and annual 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages and the employment percent relative standard error, is available in the downloadable XLS files.

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Major Occupational Groups in Ames, IA (Note--clicking a link will scroll the page to the occupational group):

All Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
00-0000 All Occupations 41,920 $15.43 $19.44 $40,440 7.1 %
Management Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
11-0000 Management Occupations 1,860 $37.10 $41.30 $85,900 3.4 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 70 $64.12 $72.39 $150,570 9.9 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 290 $31.73 $44.24 $92,020 6.5 %
11-1031 Legislators 30 (4) (4) $30,130 3.4 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 80 $39.50 $39.24 $81,630 5.1 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 50 $40.85 $42.52 $88,450 9.3 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 110 $43.98 $47.44 $98,670 7.0 %
11-3051 Industrial Production Managers 50 $49.70 $48.27 $100,390 5.6 %
11-9021 Construction Managers 110 $35.47 $35.28 $73,370 13.6 %
11-9032 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 50 (4) (4) $79,000 11.4 %
11-9041 Engineering Managers 50 $46.83 $45.76 $95,190 3.8 %
11-9051 Food Service Managers 100 $19.18 $19.97 $41,530 7.5 %
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers 170 $35.78 $36.99 $76,940 6.3 %
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers 40 $19.23 $22.87 $47,570 11.2 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 130 $30.83 $33.14 $68,940 2.9 %
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1,910 $23.88 $25.21 $52,440 2.5 %
13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products (8) $20.92 $21.98 $45,720 5.2 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 100 $23.68 $23.65 $49,180 3.3 %
13-1031 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 80 $17.76 $20.42 $42,480 11.4 %
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 40 $27.45 $28.56 $59,400 2.0 %
13-1051 Cost Estimators 90 $23.86 $24.41 $50,770 5.1 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 30 $15.21 $17.79 $37,010 5.2 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 140 $23.33 $23.09 $48,030 4.4 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 110 $26.48 $27.86 $57,940 5.1 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 700 $23.23 $24.80 $51,590 3.6 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 260 $24.71 $25.67 $53,400 2.4 %
13-2072 Loan Officers 130 $29.33 $30.70 $63,860 4.4 %
Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations 1,050 $28.24 $28.66 $59,610 2.4 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 120 $19.86 $25.61 $53,270 5.6 %
15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications (8) $31.91 $35.25 $73,330 6.8 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 100 $20.31 $20.48 $42,600 5.2 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 250 $29.93 $30.39 $63,200 2.1 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 140 $28.46 $28.16 $58,560 4.1 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 50 (8) (8) (8) (8)
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other 190 $24.75 $25.26 $52,530 2.5 %
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1,020 $28.50 $30.28 $62,970 2.9 %
17-1011 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 60 $27.39 $28.33 $58,930 6.4 %
17-2051 Civil Engineers 260 $37.05 $36.64 $76,210 2.9 %
17-2112 Industrial Engineers 60 $31.27 $33.13 $68,900 6.0 %
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers 50 $28.24 $37.62 $78,250 16.3 %
17-2199 Engineers, All Other 40 $28.42 $30.64 $63,730 8.9 %
17-3013 Mechanical Drafters 30 $18.92 $19.68 $40,940 6.5 %
17-3022 Civil Engineering Technicians 90 $21.51 $22.32 $46,420 3.2 %
17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 50 $23.88 $24.32 $50,590 3.1 %
17-3026 Industrial Engineering Technicians 50 $25.20 $25.76 $53,580 5.4 %
17-3029 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 30 $22.92 $22.76 $47,330 2.3 %
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1,290 $22.59 $24.97 $51,950 1.9 %
19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists 30 $25.77 $28.24 $58,740 7.0 %
19-1013 Soil and Plant Scientists 100 $25.70 $27.75 $57,730 5.6 %
19-2031 Chemists (8) $32.62 $34.22 $71,170 2.4 %
19-3021 Market Research Analysts 30 $21.03 $26.15 $54,400 10.1 %
19-4021 Biological Technicians 350 $18.21 $17.74 $36,910 2.2 %
19-4031 Chemical Technicians 50 $19.44 $19.20 $39,940 2.9 %
19-4091 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health (8) $21.11 $22.82 $47,470 15.9 %
19-4099 Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other (8) $19.33 $19.41 $40,360 5.3 %
Community and Social Services Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
21-0000 Community and Social Services Occupations 560 $15.36 $16.00 $33,290 7.3 %
21-1012 Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors 90 $20.18 $20.49 $42,620 3.1 %
21-1023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (8) $18.98 $21.11 $43,910 2.5 %
21-1093 Social and Human Service Assistants 110 $11.23 $11.39 $23,690 10.3 %
21-1099 Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 60 $15.15 $15.97 $33,220 7.8 %
Legal Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
23-0000 Legal Occupations 120 $30.51 $31.75 $66,040 9.2 %
23-1011 Lawyers 60 $36.24 $39.79 $82,750 11.9 %
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3,960 $27.53 $34.13 $70,990 14.8 %
25-1199 Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 60 (4) (4) $73,140 10.7 %
25-2011 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 140 $8.87 $9.28 $19,290 3.8 %
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 210 (4) (4) $40,230 5.3 %
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education (8) (4) (4) $40,400 5.3 %
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education (8) (4) (4) $38,970 2.0 %
25-2042 Special Education Teachers, Middle School 50 (4) (4) $46,860 3.3 %
25-2043 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School (8) (4) (4) $41,630 2.8 %
25-3099 Teachers and Instructors, All Other 380 (4) (4) $47,050 7.6 %
25-4021 Librarians 40 $14.18 $18.95 $39,410 12.8 %
25-4031 Library Technicians 50 $13.61 $15.19 $31,600 9.2 %
25-9041 Teacher Assistants 290 (4) (4) $21,310 8.4 %
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 710 $15.12 $19.48 $40,520 12.1 %
27-1024 Graphic Designers 70 $19.07 $19.63 $40,830 7.2 %
27-2022 Coaches and Scouts (8) (4) (4) $24,880 16.2 %
27-3022 Reporters and Correspondents 50 $9.56 $9.72 $20,220 2.5 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 140 $22.63 $22.98 $47,790 1.9 %
27-3041 Editors 50 $18.58 $17.60 $36,600 8.3 %
27-4021 Photographers 40 $9.62 $11.87 $24,690 13.5 %
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 1,940 $24.41 $26.75 $55,650 3.3 %
29-1051 Pharmacists 80 $42.14 $41.84 $87,020 4.2 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 710 $27.67 $27.02 $56,210 5.2 %
29-1131 Veterinarians 60 $35.40 $37.08 $77,130 3.5 %
29-2011 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 60 $22.32 $22.76 $47,340 2.2 %
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 70 $18.12 $18.53 $38,530 2.0 %
29-2021 Dental Hygienists 60 $33.55 $31.53 $65,590 5.1 %
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 70 $19.75 $21.05 $43,790 2.2 %
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians 70 $12.25 $12.33 $25,640 3.4 %
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 70 $15.52 $15.95 $33,170 5.0 %
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 130 $16.96 $16.92 $35,190 2.0 %
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 120 $10.37 $11.34 $23,590 3.8 %
29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing 70 $12.59 $12.64 $26,290 3.9 %
Healthcare Support Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 810 $12.89 $13.33 $27,720 2.6 %
31-1011 Home Health Aides 60 $11.58 $11.67 $24,280 8.0 %
31-1012 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 380 $12.12 $12.26 $25,510 3.5 %
31-9091 Dental Assistants 50 $17.39 $17.61 $36,630 7.6 %
31-9092 Medical Assistants 90 $13.95 $14.22 $29,580 3.7 %
31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists 70 (8) (8) (8) (8)
31-9099 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 50 $10.82 $10.87 $22,600 7.3 %
Protective Service Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 360 $18.03 $18.63 $38,740 6.0 %
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives 40 $26.17 $28.48 $59,230 2.5 %
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 110 $22.62 $22.79 $47,400 2.5 %
33-9032 Security Guards 70 $9.92 $10.79 $22,450 7.4 %
33-9099 Protective Service Workers, All Other 50 $8.79 $10.01 $20,830 10.3 %
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4,470 $7.90 $9.18 $19,090 2.3 %
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 260 $12.44 $13.09 $27,230 5.0 %
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food 250 $7.54 $7.86 $16,350 3.1 %
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 280 $12.94 $12.75 $26,530 4.7 %
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant 300 $8.94 $9.34 $19,430 2.5 %
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers 530 $7.92 $8.53 $17,750 3.0 %
35-3011 Bartenders 190 $7.72 $8.26 $17,190 3.4 %
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1,060 $7.54 $7.91 $16,460 2.0 %
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 230 $8.17 $8.45 $17,570 2.1 %
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses 930 $7.77 $9.63 $20,040 6.4 %
35-3041 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 40 $10.86 $10.61 $22,070 3.8 %
35-9011 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 60 $7.66 $8.11 $16,860 4.1 %
35-9021 Dishwashers 140 $7.47 $7.83 $16,280 3.6 %
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 130 $7.99 $9.12 $18,970 6.8 %
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1,670 $11.19 $12.11 $25,190 3.1 %
37-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 50 $14.95 $15.95 $33,180 6.7 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 790 $11.67 $12.01 $24,980 4.5 %
37-2012 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 220 $9.41 $10.25 $21,330 5.2 %
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 530 $10.33 $11.82 $24,590 3.9 %
37-3012 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation (8) $15.04 $15.66 $32,580 4.7 %
Personal Care and Service Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1,100 $8.88 $10.42 $21,670 3.7 %
39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 110 $12.21 $12.62 $26,250 3.1 %
39-3091 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 30 $7.59 $8.27 $17,200 2.9 %
39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 130 $9.54 $12.54 $26,090 15.5 %
39-9011 Child Care Workers 220 $7.52 $8.06 $16,760 2.7 %
39-9021 Personal and Home Care Aides 220 $9.90 $10.11 $21,030 3.7 %
39-9031 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 70 $13.37 $13.49 $28,060 8.0 %
39-9032 Recreation Workers 40 $13.95 $15.11 $31,430 3.0 %
39-9041 Residential Advisors 60 $7.94 $11.18 $23,240 20.3 %
Sales and Related Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 4,370 $10.33 $14.01 $29,140 3.5 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 400 $15.22 $17.63 $36,680 4.9 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 40 $29.52 $28.59 $59,470 6.4 %
41-2011 Cashiers 1,140 $8.76 $9.57 $19,900 3.4 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 150 $8.63 $9.19 $19,110 4.2 %
41-2022 Parts Salespersons 50 $11.91 $13.84 $28,790 7.2 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 1,410 $8.40 $11.37 $23,660 7.0 %
41-3011 Advertising Sales Agents 30 $11.89 $13.07 $27,190 2.6 %
41-3031 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 40 $30.48 $30.68 $63,810 13.7 %
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 170 $17.11 $19.52 $40,590 8.0 %
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 130 $29.06 $30.43 $63,300 19.3 %
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 290 $22.89 $23.25 $48,350 5.8 %
41-9022 Real Estate Sales Agents 80 $26.48 $25.89 $53,850 3.5 %
41-9041 Telemarketers (8) $13.24 $13.20 $27,450 14.8 %
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 6,000 $14.52 $15.11 $31,420 4.1 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 130 $22.37 $22.08 $45,930 2.7 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 100 $13.28 $13.60 $28,280 3.3 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 560 $14.91 $15.13 $31,460 2.4 %
43-3071 Tellers 190 $10.96 $11.15 $23,190 5.3 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 200 $12.43 $13.61 $28,320 3.1 %
43-4071 File Clerks 40 $8.82 $9.53 $19,830 5.7 %
43-4081 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 80 $9.19 $9.97 $20,730 10.0 %
43-4121 Library Assistants, Clerical 120 $19.05 $17.81 $37,040 3.6 %
43-4131 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 50 $13.99 $14.12 $29,370 4.1 %
43-4151 Order Clerks 50 $12.95 $12.65 $26,320 4.4 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 30 $18.13 $19.06 $39,650 5.0 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 400 $11.05 $11.21 $23,310 3.4 %
43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers 90 (c) $24.64 (c) $23.07 (c) $47,990 (9)
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 50 $16.94 $17.58 $36,560 5.4 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 160 $14.28 $14.36 $29,860 2.7 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 610 $12.43 $13.08 $27,210 5.7 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 390 $19.32 $19.12 $39,760 4.3 %
43-6012 Legal Secretaries 50 $11.62 $11.93 $24,820 3.2 %
43-6013 Medical Secretaries 70 $11.99 $12.91 $26,860 7.2 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 830 $17.67 $16.99 $35,340 5.3 %
43-9022 Word Processors and Typists 80 $16.80 $15.68 $32,620 5.6 %
43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 50 $11.66 $12.64 $26,290 14.0 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 1,130 $13.80 $14.57 $30,300 6.3 %
43-9071 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 50 $9.67 $11.09 $23,070 12.2 %
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 90 (8) (8) (8) (8)
Construction and Extraction Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1,430 $16.48 $18.20 $37,860 2.4 %
47-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 120 $27.82 $29.79 $61,960 6.1 %
47-2031 Carpenters 210 $15.57 $15.84 $32,950 3.3 %
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 80 $15.90 $16.54 $34,400 6.1 %
47-2061 Construction Laborers 200 $15.07 $15.58 $32,410 3.5 %
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators (8) $14.85 $17.06 $35,480 3.6 %
47-2111 Electricians 190 $19.25 $19.54 $40,650 1.6 %
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 40 $15.51 $15.74 $32,730 2.0 %
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (8) $22.83 $22.34 $46,470 3.4 %
47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers (8) $18.91 $19.76 $41,100 5.6 %
47-3012 Helpers--Carpenters (8) $10.72 $10.63 $22,120 3.2 %
47-4011 Construction and Building Inspectors 30 $26.62 $25.56 $53,160 2.9 %
47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers 50 $18.83 $18.65 $38,790 2.1 %
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 1,740 $17.67 $18.38 $38,240 2.6 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 110 $27.74 $27.61 $57,430 3.5 %
49-2022 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 70 $26.82 $26.09 $54,260 3.1 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 60 $16.35 $16.83 $35,000 23.3 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 210 $19.03 $19.98 $41,560 6.2 %
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 80 $14.93 $18.46 $38,410 17.6 %
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 180 $15.05 $15.81 $32,890 5.6 %
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 90 $18.01 $18.49 $38,460 6.7 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 570 $17.46 $17.26 $35,890 4.5 %
49-9044 Millwrights (8) $13.71 $14.04 $29,210 4.9 %
49-9091 Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers (8) $8.71 $9.52 $19,790 16.0 %
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other (8) $14.01 $15.08 $31,360 4.1 %
Production Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
51-0000 Production Occupations 3,640 $15.22 $16.13 $33,550 2.5 %
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers 250 $23.99 $25.74 $53,530 3.3 %
51-3011 Bakers 40 $12.90 $12.04 $25,040 5.0 %
51-3092 Food Batchmakers 50 $12.30 $12.47 $25,940 3.8 %
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 90 $9.42 $10.47 $21,770 8.7 %
51-4041 Machinists 130 $15.76 $16.73 $34,800 5.6 %
51-4081 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 40 $17.50 $17.81 $37,040 8.2 %
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 110 $14.41 $14.81 $30,800 5.0 %
51-5011 Bindery Workers 60 $12.84 $12.52 $26,030 2.4 %
51-5022 Prepress Technicians and Workers 110 $17.17 $17.15 $35,670 3.6 %
51-5023 Printing Machine Operators 220 $17.71 $17.06 $35,490 2.5 %
51-7042 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing (8) $11.32 $11.75 $24,430 2.5 %
51-8013 Power Plant Operators 60 $24.07 $23.48 $48,840 2.9 %
51-8031 Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators 40 $17.36 $18.09 $37,620 3.3 %
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 90 $19.94 $19.30 $40,140 11.8 %
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 150 $10.94 $12.39 $25,780 10.6 %
51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 50 $21.27 $20.40 $42,430 5.8 %
51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (8) $14.70 $14.86 $30,900 3.6 %
51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers 140 $11.09 $11.32 $23,540 4.3 %
51-9199 Production Workers, All Other 50 $9.42 $11.60 $24,130 8.3 %
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Wage Estimates
Occupation Code Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1,820 $12.16 $13.43 $27,930 2.9 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 40 $23.47 $23.92 $49,750 9.9 %
53-3022 Bus Drivers, School 90 $14.88 $14.21 $29,560 5.6 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 280 $15.02 $15.41 $32,050 5.3 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 120 $9.07 $9.86 $20,500 4.8 %
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs (8) $10.87 $10.87 $22,610 3.0 %
53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators 70 $18.42 $18.29 $38,050 4.1 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 150 $13.76 $14.24 $29,620 4.3 %
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 50 $9.00 $9.76 $20,290 5.2 %
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 360 $10.85 $12.19 $25,360 4.9 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 150 $9.13 $9.75 $20,270 6.2 %

About May 2008 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

(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) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) Estimate not available.

(c) Corrected on May 29, 2009.




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Last Modified Date: May 29, 2009

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