Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.


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)
15,340 3.6 % $23.51 $48,900 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.18 $16.35 $21.59 $29.32 $38.19
Annual Wage (2) $27,420 $34,010 $44,910 $60,980 $79,430


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)
Building Finishing Contractors 13,200 2.09 $23.56 $49,010
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,230 0.19 $23.05 $47,950
Residential Building Construction 520 0.09 $22.39 $46,560
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 140 0.02 $29.25 $60,840
Employment Services 140 0.00 $22.87 $47,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 13,200 2.09 $23.56 $49,010
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,230 0.19 $23.05 $47,950
Residential Building Construction 520 0.09 $22.39 $46,560
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 140 0.02 $29.25 $60,840
Employment Services 140 0.00 $22.87 $47,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 140 0.02 $29.25 $60,840
Building Finishing Contractors 13,200 2.09 $23.56 $49,010
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,230 0.19 $23.05 $47,950
Employment Services 140 (7) $22.87 $47,560
Residential Building Construction 520 0.09 $22.39 $46,560


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 4,210 0.30 2.51 $24.22 $50,370
New York 1,460 0.17 1.45 $32.06 $66,690
Washington 1,260 0.46 3.89 $21.94 $45,640
Arizona 760 0.32 2.67 $17.52 $36,440
Illinois 620 0.11 0.94 $30.28 $62,980




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)
Nevada 590 0.53 4.47 $21.58 $44,880
Washington 1,260 0.46 3.89 $21.94 $45,640
Rhode Island 180 0.40 3.36 $23.47 $48,820
Arizona 760 0.32 2.67 $17.52 $36,440
Utah 360 0.31 2.60 $18.01 $37,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 180 0.30 2.55 $33.33 $69,320
New York 1,460 0.17 1.45 $32.06 $66,690
Illinois 620 0.11 0.94 $30.28 $62,980
Missouri 410 0.16 1.32 $26.94 $56,030
New Jersey 140 0.04 0.30 $26.52 $55,160





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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 640 0.56 4.69 $20.97 $43,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 1.32 $22.33 $46,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.40 3.35 $22.64 $47,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 520 0.31 2.58 $17.96 $37,360
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.37 3.13 $24.50 $50,950
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 510 0.64 5.31 $22.06 $45,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 480 0.10 0.80 $37.36 $77,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 480 0.13 1.12 $30.78 $64,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.49 4.08 $29.01 $60,350
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.37 3.06 $25.39 $52,820




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)
Logan, UT-ID 50 1.06 8.85 $18.66 $38,810
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 90 0.92 7.65 $18.80 $39,110
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.91 7.61 $20.81 $43,280
Coeur d'Alene, ID 50 0.89 7.47 $21.39 $44,500
Bismarck, ND 40 0.72 5.99 $15.89 $33,050
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 510 0.64 5.31 $22.06 $45,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 640 0.56 4.69 $20.97 $43,610
New Bedford, MA 30 0.51 4.22 $24.26 $50,470
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 410 0.51 4.27 $22.97 $47,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.49 4.08 $29.01 $60,350




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 380 0.32 2.64 $38.07 $79,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 480 0.10 0.80 $37.36 $77,710
Honolulu, HI 150 0.35 2.95 $35.88 $74,640
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 480 0.13 1.12 $30.78 $64,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.49 4.08 $29.01 $60,350
St. Louis, MO-IL 320 0.25 2.08 $28.60 $59,480
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.16 1.33 $28.22 $58,690
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.11 0.89 $28.20 $58,660
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 380 0.43 3.58 $27.78 $57,780
Peoria, IL 30 0.18 1.50 $27.66 $57,530


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.

(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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