Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

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


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
161,920 0.8 % $18.19 $37,840 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.01 $14.48 $17.62 $21.42 $25.56
Annual Wage (2) $24,970 $30,120 $36,650 $44,550 $53,160


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,810 $19.45 $40,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises 11,190 $18.05 $37,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,560 $18.79 $39,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,760 $17.15 $35,660
Employment Services 7,280 $17.03 $35,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 $23.01 $47,860
Rail Transportation 60 $22.81 $47,450
Natural Gas Distribution 60 $22.68 $47,180
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 30 $22.11 $45,990
Support Activities for Water Transportation 60 $22.08 $45,930


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,350 $22.99 $47,810 2.123
Arizona 5,060 $18.71 $38,920 2.041
Hawaii 1,100 $18.00 $37,440 1.875
Rhode Island 800 $16.41 $34,130 1.740
Arkansas 1,950 $14.88 $30,940 1.698

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,350 $22.99 $47,810 2.123
Massachusetts 3,370 $21.15 $43,990 1.062
Connecticut 1,660 $21.10 $43,880 1.007
California 20,640 $20.70 $43,060 1.420
Alaska 390 $19.97 $41,540 1.254


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Lawton, OK 200 $15.35 $31,920 4.982
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 80 $18.05 $37,530 4.544
Elizabethtown, KY 190 $17.35 $36,080 4.291
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,190 $20.51 $42,660 3.816
Carson City, NV 90 $17.67 $36,760 3.217

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 $24.16 $50,250 1.576
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 190 $23.98 $49,880 1.679
New Haven, CT 320 $23.17 $48,190 1.187
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,500 $22.98 $47,790 2.930
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 $22.95 $47,730 1.244


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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