Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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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)
58,280 1.2 % $34.66 $72,100 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.98 $26.83 $33.31 $41.90 $49.80
Annual Wage (2) $45,720 $55,800 $69,280 $87,160 $103,590


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,450 0.56 $37.25 $77,470
State Government (OES Designation) 6,780 0.31 $29.92 $62,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,780 0.11 $32.11 $66,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,740 0.16 $31.00 $64,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,470 0.22 $35.69 $74,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,790 0.77 $36.73 $76,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,450 0.56 $37.25 $77,470
State Government (OES Designation) 6,780 0.31 $29.92 $62,220
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.24 $35.35 $73,520
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 40 0.23 $41.30 $85,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $45.93 $95,530
Waste Treatment and Disposal 50 0.05 $41.30 $85,910
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 40 0.23 $41.30 $85,890
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 300 0.19 $41.08 $85,440
Postal Service 130 0.02 $40.99 $85,260


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 9,730 0.68 1.52 $37.48 $77,960
Texas 3,890 0.37 0.82 $33.07 $68,780
Virginia 3,020 0.84 1.88 $39.35 $81,840
New York 2,670 0.31 0.70 $34.75 $72,270
Florida 2,430 0.33 0.75 $30.54 $63,530




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 1,880 2.87 6.42 $42.42 $88,230
Alaska 320 1.01 2.26 $39.44 $82,040
New Mexico 680 0.89 1.98 $31.94 $66,430
Maryland 2,230 0.89 1.99 $38.19 $79,420
Virginia 3,020 0.84 1.88 $39.35 $81,840




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 1,880 2.87 6.42 $42.42 $88,230
Alaska 320 1.01 2.26 $39.44 $82,040
Virginia 3,020 0.84 1.88 $39.35 $81,840
Maryland 2,230 0.89 1.99 $38.19 $79,420
California 9,730 0.68 1.52 $37.48 $77,960





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 4,230 1.81 4.04 $42.33 $88,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,690 0.69 1.55 $36.61 $76,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.30 0.67 $36.13 $75,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,290 0.76 1.69 $37.01 $76,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,220 0.54 1.21 $34.36 $71,480
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,200 1.19 2.67 $41.51 $86,340
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,160 0.92 2.06 $35.12 $73,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.27 0.61 $37.17 $77,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 980 0.77 1.72 $34.95 $72,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.98 2.19 $41.12 $85,530




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)
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 800 4.10 9.16 $29.73 $61,840
Huntsville, AL 630 3.09 6.90 $38.25 $79,550
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 170 2.36 5.27 $32.21 $67,010
Olympia, WA 190 2.08 4.64 $31.98 $66,510
Carson City, NV 50 1.89 4.22 $34.24 $71,210
Fayetteville, NC 240 1.87 4.18 $33.83 $70,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,230 1.81 4.04 $42.33 $88,050
Salem, OR 230 1.60 3.57 $30.74 $63,940
Lawton, OK 70 1.59 3.55 $32.06 $66,690
Tallahassee, FL 210 1.32 2.95 $24.78 $51,540




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 600 1.06 2.38 $43.52 $90,520
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.22 0.49 $42.81 $89,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,230 1.81 4.04 $42.33 $88,050
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.75 1.68 $42.19 $87,760
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,200 1.19 2.67 $41.51 $86,340
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.98 2.19 $41.12 $85,530
New Haven, CT 90 0.32 0.70 $40.98 $85,230
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.38 0.84 $40.56 $84,360
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 890 0.63 1.41 $40.32 $83,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.35 0.77 $39.81 $82,800

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 650 4.14 9.25 $24.26 $50,460
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 0.97 $28.45 $59,180
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 2.23 $48.99 $101,900
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 0.85 $27.49 $57,180
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.78 3.98 $36.41 $75,730

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 650 4.14 9.25 $24.26 $50,460
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 2.11 4.72 $34.72 $72,210
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.78 3.98 $36.41 $75,730
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 2.23 $48.99 $101,900
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.78 1.74 $35.49 $73,830

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 2.23 $48.99 $101,900
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.78 3.98 $36.41 $75,730
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.18 $36.07 $75,020
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.78 1.74 $35.49 $73,830
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.35 $35.48 $73,800


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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