Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

53-6041 Traffic Technicians

Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.


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)
6,280 3.8 % $21.54 $44,810 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.35 $15.71 $20.34 $27.06 $32.79
Annual Wage (2) $25,700 $32,670 $42,300 $56,280 $68,190


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,050 0.07 $23.55 $48,990
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $19.60 $40,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 800 0.06 $15.80 $32,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 110 0.02 $11.65 $24,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,050 0.07 $23.55 $48,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 800 0.06 $15.80 $32,860
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $19.60 $40,760
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 110 0.02 $11.65 $24,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $24.54 $51,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,050 0.07 $23.55 $48,990
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $19.60 $40,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 800 0.06 $15.80 $32,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 110 0.02 $11.65 $24,230


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 1,350 0.16 3.28 $22.97 $47,790
California 810 0.06 1.17 (8) (8)
Tennessee 620 0.24 4.86 $16.75 $34,850
Texas 320 0.03 0.64 $20.72 $43,100
Georgia 260 0.07 1.40 $16.91 $35,170




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)
Tennessee 620 0.24 4.86 $16.75 $34,850
New York 1,350 0.16 3.28 $22.97 $47,790
District of Columbia 100 0.15 3.14 $22.32 $46,430
New Mexico 80 0.10 2.01 $18.05 $37,540
New Jersey 250 0.07 1.38 $19.21 $39,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 70 0.04 0.86 $27.32 $56,820
Connecticut 30 0.02 0.39 $26.74 $55,630
Arizona 110 0.05 0.94 $25.56 $53,160
Colorado 80 0.04 0.75 $25.46 $52,950
Hawaii 40 0.06 1.27 $23.89 $49,700





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 1,120 0.22 4.53 $22.61 $47,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 140 0.06 1.31 $17.80 $37,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 1.12 $22.91 $47,640
Baltimore-Towson, MD 120 0.09 1.88 $20.71 $43,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 110 0.07 1.34 $21.29 $44,290
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.03 0.70 $23.67 $49,240
Knoxville, TN 70 0.23 4.74 $16.88 $35,110
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 70 0.04 0.88 $27.88 $57,990
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 70 0.10 1.94 $19.21 $39,960
Kansas City, MO-KS 60 0.06 1.19 $18.53 $38,530




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)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 30 0.24 4.94 $13.84 $28,780
Knoxville, TN 70 0.23 4.74 $16.88 $35,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.22 4.53 $22.61 $47,030
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 70 0.10 1.94 $19.21 $39,960
Baltimore-Towson, MD 120 0.09 1.88 $20.71 $43,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 110 0.07 1.34 $21.29 $44,290
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.06 1.13 $25.66 $53,370
Kansas City, MO-KS 60 0.06 1.19 $18.53 $38,530
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 1.23 $18.27 $38,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 140 0.06 1.31 $17.80 $37,030




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)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.13 $79,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 70 0.04 0.88 $27.88 $57,990
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 40 0.03 0.71 $26.73 $55,600
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.06 1.13 $25.66 $53,370
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $24.32 $50,580
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.03 0.70 $23.67 $49,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 1.12 $22.91 $47,640
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $22.76 $47,350
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.22 4.53 $22.61 $47,030
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.05 0.97 $21.76 $45,260

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)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 9.53 $14.87 $30,940

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)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 9.53 $14.87 $30,940

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)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 9.53 $14.87 $30,940


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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