Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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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)
47,950 2.8 % $24.33 $50,610 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.40 $15.40 $21.23 $29.89 $42.31
Annual Wage (2) $23,710 $32,020 $44,160 $62,170 $88,010


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 15,080 2.54 $26.93 $56,020
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,720 0.13 $19.64 $40,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,180 0.08 $21.43 $44,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,270 0.04 $22.48 $46,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,080 0.07 $26.91 $55,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 15,080 2.54 $26.93 $56,020
Junior Colleges 1,800 0.23 $23.85 $49,600
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 320 0.22 $16.23 $33,770
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 280 0.21 $12.65 $26,310
Social Advocacy Organizations 330 0.17 $19.47 $40,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 730 0.05 $50.47 $104,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,410 0.13 $46.64 $97,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 450 0.02 $36.13 $75,150
Business Support Services (8) (8) $28.64 $59,570
Legal Services 100 0.01 $28.21 $58,670


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)
California 6,820 0.49 1.30 $22.93 $47,690
Texas 3,980 0.39 1.03 $21.67 $45,070
Virginia 3,840 1.08 2.89 $43.22 $89,890
New York 3,260 0.39 1.03 $28.41 $59,100
North Carolina 2,370 0.62 1.66 $29.75 $61,890




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)
Virginia 3,840 1.08 2.89 $43.22 $89,890
Oregon 1,150 0.72 1.94 $22.03 $45,820
North Carolina 2,370 0.62 1.66 $29.75 $61,890
South Dakota 240 0.61 1.62 $19.87 $41,330
Colorado 1,330 0.61 1.63 $28.54 $59,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 3,840 1.08 2.89 $43.22 $89,890
Maine 170 0.29 0.79 $30.72 $63,890
New Jersey 530 0.14 0.37 $29.83 $62,050
North Carolina 2,370 0.62 1.66 $29.75 $61,890
Colorado 1,330 0.61 1.63 $28.54 $59,370





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.47 3.94 $45.03 $93,670
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,280 0.45 1.20 $29.30 $60,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.46 1.22 $26.79 $55,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.34 0.91 $19.16 $39,860
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,120 0.67 1.78 $28.53 $59,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 910 0.36 0.95 $25.66 $53,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 900 0.92 2.46 $22.12 $46,020
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 850 0.71 1.90 $30.62 $63,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 830 0.40 1.08 $16.52 $34,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.45 1.21 $20.44 $42,510




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)
Fargo, ND-MN 220 1.83 4.89 $11.05 $22,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.47 3.94 $45.03 $93,670
Sioux Falls, SD 190 1.43 3.83 $20.00 $41,590
Yuba City, CA 50 1.28 3.43 $23.02 $47,880
Tucson, AZ 430 1.24 3.33 $16.04 $33,370
Rome, GA 40 1.15 3.07 $14.21 $29,560
Asheville, NC 190 1.13 3.01 $12.56 $26,130
Rochester, MN 110 1.09 2.92 $22.31 $46,400
Manhattan, KS 50 1.04 2.78 $11.72 $24,370
Provo-Orem, UT 180 1.02 2.74 $19.96 $41,520




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.47 3.94 $45.03 $93,670
Syracuse, NY 70 0.25 0.67 $36.29 $75,480
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.39 $71,540
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $33.57 $69,830
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 140 0.20 0.54 $31.95 $66,460
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.53 1.41 $31.47 $65,450
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 140 0.71 1.90 $30.97 $64,410
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 850 0.71 1.90 $30.62 $63,700
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 470 0.39 1.04 $30.62 $63,690
Richmond, VA 200 0.35 0.92 $29.31 $60,960

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.35 0.94 $13.15 $27,350
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.82 2.20 $23.90 $49,720
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 0.75 $14.77 $30,720
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 1.51 $26.24 $54,570
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 2.60 $20.14 $41,890

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 2.60 $20.14 $41,890
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.82 2.20 $23.90 $49,720
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 2.10 $26.57 $55,260
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 1.59 $22.20 $46,170
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 1.51 $26.24 $54,570

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)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 2.10 $26.57 $55,260
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 1.51 $26.24 $54,570
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 1.07 $24.78 $51,530
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.09 $24.19 $50,330
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.82 2.20 $23.90 $49,720


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.

(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

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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