Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
45,270 2.2 % $20.98 $43,640 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.62 $12.37 $16.76 $24.55 $36.26
Annual Wage (2) $20,000 $25,720 $34,870 $51,050 $75,420


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 30,200 6.25 $18.81 $39,130
Radio and Television Broadcasting 10,480 4.94 $24.72 $51,410
Other Information Services 3,080 2.07 $27.35 $56,890
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 550 0.70 (8) (8)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 280 0.01 $24.03 $49,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 30,200 6.25 $18.81 $39,130
Radio and Television Broadcasting 10,480 4.94 $24.72 $51,410
Other Information Services 3,080 2.07 $27.35 $56,890
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 550 0.70 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 50 0.11 $14.46 $30,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 60 0.02 $48.18 $100,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $28.06 $58,360
Other Information Services 3,080 2.07 $27.35 $56,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $25.07 $52,140
Radio and Television Broadcasting 10,480 4.94 $24.72 $51,410


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,640 0.55 1.56 $27.21 $56,590
California 4,010 0.29 0.81 $23.34 $48,540
Florida 2,450 0.34 0.97 $23.03 $47,900
Texas 2,430 0.24 0.67 $16.39 $34,090
District of Columbia 2,190 3.40 9.63 $34.35 $71,450




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,190 3.40 9.63 $34.35 $71,450
South Dakota 320 0.82 2.33 $12.98 $27,010
Iowa 1,190 0.82 2.32 $13.45 $27,980
Wyoming 220 0.80 2.26 $13.70 $28,500
Nebraska 680 0.75 2.12 $11.98 $24,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,190 3.40 9.63 $34.35 $71,450
Massachusetts 1,170 0.37 1.05 $30.81 $64,080
Georgia 810 0.22 0.61 $27.62 $57,450
New York 4,640 0.55 1.56 $27.21 $56,590
Rhode Island 160 0.35 0.99 $25.32 $52,670





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,470 0.68 1.94 $29.32 $60,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,630 1.14 3.22 $31.90 $66,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.37 1.06 $24.98 $51,960
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 940 0.26 0.74 $29.85 $62,080
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 720 0.43 1.22 $32.83 $68,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.62 1.75 $26.75 $55,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 550 0.21 0.61 $16.56 $34,450
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 520 0.29 0.82 $17.91 $37,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 510 0.30 0.86 $23.37 $48,620
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 450 0.37 1.06 $28.57 $59,430




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charlottesville, VA 110 1.16 3.29 $15.44 $32,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,630 1.14 3.22 $31.90 $66,360
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 360 1.13 3.21 $14.33 $29,810
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 70 0.98 2.78 $14.82 $30,810
Iowa City, IA 80 0.93 2.65 $10.77 $22,400
Bangor, ME 50 0.83 2.36 $17.60 $36,610
Rapid City, SD 50 0.82 2.32 $13.20 $27,460
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.77 2.19 $18.82 $39,150
Billings, MT 60 0.77 2.17 $14.83 $30,840
Las Cruces, NM 50 0.71 2.01 $15.23 $31,680




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 430 0.19 0.55 $38.43 $79,930
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 720 0.43 1.22 $32.83 $68,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,630 1.14 3.22 $31.90 $66,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 940 0.26 0.74 $29.85 $62,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,470 0.68 1.94 $29.32 $60,990
Manchester, NH 40 0.43 1.21 $29.04 $60,400
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 140 0.33 0.94 $28.91 $60,130
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 450 0.37 1.06 $28.57 $59,430
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 0.67 $28.52 $59,320
Fresno, CA 110 0.36 1.01 $28.29 $58,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.19 3.38 $12.52 $26,040
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 1.25 $13.76 $28,610
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.61 1.73 $15.03 $31,260
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 1.07 3.02 $10.05 $20,900
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.60 1.69 $14.15 $29,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.92 5.45 $11.96 $24,870
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.31 3.70 $11.40 $23,710
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.30 3.68 $11.40 $23,710
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 3.67 $16.92 $35,180
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.19 3.38 $12.52 $26,040

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.64 1.81 $20.74 $43,140
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 1.70 $19.97 $41,540
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.15 $19.86 $41,310
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 1.93 $19.20 $39,930
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.80 2.25 $18.35 $38,160


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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