Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
6,340 3.5 % $20.42 $42,480 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.92 $15.00 $18.45 $25.30 $32.33
Annual Wage (2) $24,790 $31,190 $38,380 $52,630 $67,250


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) 3,930 0.07 $22.28 $46,350
State Government (OES Designation) 1,220 0.06 $18.79 $39,080
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 860 0.07 $16.17 $33,630
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 180 0.03 $11.98 $24,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $20.24 $42,100

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) 3,930 0.07 $22.28 $46,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 860 0.07 $16.17 $33,630
State Government (OES Designation) 1,220 0.06 $18.79 $39,080
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 180 0.03 $11.98 $24,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $20.24 $42,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,930 0.07 $22.28 $46,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $20.24 $42,100
State Government (OES Designation) 1,220 0.06 $18.79 $39,080
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 860 0.07 $16.17 $33,630
Employment Services (8) (8) $14.10 $29,320


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 1,420 0.17 3.43 $23.47 $48,830
Texas 680 0.06 1.32 $18.26 $37,990
Tennessee 590 0.22 4.56 $17.32 $36,020
New Jersey 260 0.07 1.42 $19.23 $40,000
Oklahoma 250 0.16 3.29 $15.58 $32,410




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 590 0.22 4.56 $17.32 $36,020
Wyoming 50 0.18 3.76 $19.51 $40,570
New York 1,420 0.17 3.43 $23.47 $48,830
Oklahoma 250 0.16 3.29 $15.58 $32,410
New Mexico 110 0.14 2.90 $15.42 $32,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 240 0.02 0.35 $27.17 $56,510
Oregon 70 0.04 0.91 $26.81 $55,770
Washington 140 0.05 1.00 $24.59 $51,150
New York 1,420 0.17 3.43 $23.47 $48,830
Michigan 60 0.02 0.34 $23.19 $48,230





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 1,230 0.24 4.90 $22.65 $47,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.08 1.69 $19.86 $41,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 150 0.12 2.41 $18.74 $38,980
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.22 4.49 $15.63 $32,520
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.14 2.79 $19.38 $40,310
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 110 0.04 0.87 $19.39 $40,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.97 $22.46 $46,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.05 0.98 $20.53 $42,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 80 0.04 0.75 $18.11 $37,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.42 $20.27 $42,170




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)
Cheyenne, WY 30 0.72 14.75 $18.23 $37,910
Johnson City, TN 30 0.40 8.32 $16.22 $33,730
College Station-Bryan, TX 30 0.33 6.70 $16.63 $34,590
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 30 0.25 5.16 $13.92 $28,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.24 4.90 $22.65 $47,110
Oklahoma City, OK 130 0.22 4.49 $15.63 $32,520
Albuquerque, NM 80 0.21 4.35 $15.11 $31,420
Jackson, MS 50 0.20 4.03 $16.76 $34,870
Chattanooga, TN-GA 40 0.19 3.92 $18.87 $39,250
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.14 2.79 $19.38 $40,310




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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30 0.03 0.54 $27.51 $57,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 1.15 $26.22 $54,530
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.68 $25.31 $52,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 50 0.03 0.62 $24.87 $51,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.91 $24.72 $51,420
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $24.37 $50,680
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.38 $23.32 $48,500
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 0.85 $22.80 $47,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.24 4.90 $22.65 $47,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.97 $22.46 $46,710

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)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 10.47 $16.02 $33,330
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 8.97 $15.49 $32,230
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 7.14 $15.51 $32,260
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 4.59 $14.70 $30,570

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)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 10.47 $16.02 $33,330
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 8.97 $15.49 $32,230
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 7.14 $15.51 $32,260
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 4.59 $14.70 $30,570

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)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 10.47 $16.02 $33,330
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 7.14 $15.51 $32,260
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 8.97 $15.49 $32,230
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 4.59 $14.70 $30,570


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.

(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 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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