Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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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)
72,060 3.0 % $21.50 $44,730 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.29 $11.62 $17.53 $27.50 $38.20
Annual Wage (2) $19,330 $24,180 $36,450 $57,200 $79,460


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)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 69,090 7.47 $21.43 $44,560
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 830 0.07 $21.07 $43,830
Legal Services 430 0.04 $26.54 $55,190
Other Financial Investment Activities 200 0.04 $36.31 $75,530
Individual and Family Services 130 0.01 $19.10 $39,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 69,090 7.47 $21.43 $44,560
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 830 0.07 $21.07 $43,830
Legal Services 430 0.04 $26.54 $55,190
Other Financial Investment Activities 200 0.04 $36.31 $75,530
Individual and Family Services 130 0.01 $19.10 $39,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities 200 0.04 $36.31 $75,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 (7) $32.56 $67,720
Employment Services 130 (7) $27.00 $56,160
Legal Services 430 0.04 $26.54 $55,190
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 69,090 7.47 $21.43 $44,560


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 9,920 0.64 1.23 $27.00 $56,170
Texas 5,880 0.51 0.97 $20.86 $43,390
Illinois 3,920 0.67 1.28 $23.91 $49,740
Florida 3,820 0.48 0.92 $14.17 $29,470
Georgia 3,730 0.91 1.74 $20.13 $41,880




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)
Georgia 3,730 0.91 1.74 $20.13 $41,880
Oregon 1,470 0.85 1.62 $20.98 $43,630
Alaska 240 0.73 1.41 $26.20 $54,500
Michigan 2,920 0.71 1.35 $19.60 $40,760
South Carolina 1,360 0.70 1.34 $15.23 $31,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,630 0.40 0.77 $28.17 $58,600
Massachusetts 2,230 0.66 1.25 $28.10 $58,450
Colorado 1,310 0.53 1.02 $27.49 $57,190
Hawaii 300 0.48 0.92 $27.14 $56,450
California 9,920 0.64 1.23 $27.00 $56,170





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,120 0.87 1.67 $24.32 $50,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.66 1.27 $26.48 $55,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,490 0.38 0.74 $30.93 $64,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,320 0.93 1.79 $23.21 $48,280
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,720 0.98 1.87 $28.06 $58,360
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,230 0.65 1.25 $23.53 $48,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,190 1.18 2.26 $30.55 $63,550
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.74 1.42 $25.68 $53,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.43 0.83 $20.28 $42,170
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.86 1.65 $22.39 $46,570




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)
New Bern, NC 70 1.73 3.31 $19.49 $40,550
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 110 1.58 3.02 $10.79 $22,440
Grants Pass, OR 40 1.58 3.03 $19.97 $41,540
Redding, CA 90 1.51 2.88 $24.01 $49,930
Amarillo, TX 170 1.49 2.85 $13.88 $28,880
Roanoke, VA 200 1.32 2.53 $19.71 $41,000
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 180 1.30 2.48 $20.42 $42,470
Jacksonville, NC 60 1.21 2.32 $11.44 $23,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,190 1.18 2.26 $30.55 $63,550
Prescott, AZ 70 1.17 2.24 (8) (8)