Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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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)
53,640 3.6 % $22.76 $47,340 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.88 $16.13 $20.59 $26.95 $35.99
Annual Wage (2) $26,780 $33,540 $42,830 $56,050 $74,860


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)
Legal Services 24,850 2.19 $21.09 $43,870
Insurance Carriers 15,030 1.28 $24.33 $50,610
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,690 0.62 $25.68 $53,420
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,350 0.70 $32.51 $67,620
Depository Credit Intermediation 940 0.05 $18.55 $38,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 24,850 2.19 $21.09 $43,870
Insurance Carriers 15,030 1.28 $24.33 $50,610
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,350 0.70 $32.51 $67,620
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,690 0.62 $25.68 $53,420
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 600 0.22 $22.56 $46,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 40 0.14 $38.93 $80,970
Support Activities for Mining 150 0.04 $33.69 $70,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,350 0.70 $32.51 $67,620
Lessors of Real Estate 90 0.02 $32.15 $66,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 210 0.01 $30.12 $62,660


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)
Texas 6,710 0.61 1.52 $27.02 $56,210
California 5,970 0.41 1.00 $29.77 $61,920
Florida 4,650 0.62 1.54 $21.29 $44,280
Pennsylvania 3,120 0.56 1.37 $19.45 $40,460
New York 3,080 0.36 0.88 $22.79 $47,410




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)
Wyoming 250 0.91 2.26 $21.36 $44,440
South Dakota 360 0.89 2.19 $21.01 $43,700
Oklahoma 1,390 0.89 2.20 $22.80 $47,420
Idaho 490 0.80 1.97 $22.28 $46,350
Montana 320 0.72 1.78 $20.41 $42,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,970 0.41 1.00 $29.77 $61,920
Alaska 70 0.23 0.56 $29.57 $61,500
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.10 $28.31 $58,890
West Virginia 330 0.46 1.14 $27.24 $56,650
Texas 6,710 0.61 1.52 $27.02 $56,210





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,880 0.68 1.69 $35.61 $74,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.42 1.04 $25.30 $52,620
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.26 0.65 $25.56 $53,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,290 1.12 2.78 $17.45 $36,300
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.59 1.45 $24.36 $50,680
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,070 0.84 2.06 $27.00 $56,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.69 1.72 $30.14 $62,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 990 0.54 1.33 $20.80 $43,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 980 0.55 1.36 $24.29 $50,530
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 940 0.76 1.88 $20.36 $42,340




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)
Midland, TX 240 2.92 7.22 $28.72 $59,750
Rapid City, SD 120 2.02 4.99 $23.09 $48,020
Cheyenne, WY 80 1.79 4.42 $24.32 $50,590
Tyler, TX 150 1.64 4.05 $23.83 $49,570
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 100 1.36 3.35 $26.00 $54,090
Longview, TX 120 1.23 3.03 $26.42 $54,950
Casper, WY 50 1.21 2.98 $22.48 $46,750
Oklahoma City, OK 680 1.14 2.83 $21.57 $44,870
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,290 1.12 2.78 $17.45 $36,300
Boise City-Nampa, ID 270 0.99 2.44 $23.97 $49,850




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.16 0.40 $39.62 $82,410
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.24 0.59 $36.99 $76,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.36 0.89 $36.50 $75,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,880 0.68 1.69 $35.61 $74,060
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 60 0.20 0.50 $35.34 $73,500
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.41 1.01 $33.67 $70,030
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.27 0.67 $31.40 $65,310
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.25 $65,000
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 370 0.44 1.10 $30.53 $63,510
Anchorage, AK 60 0.34 0.83 $30.25 $62,910

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 1.02 2.53 $19.18 $39,900
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 0.92 2.28 $18.83 $39,160
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.41 3.50 $22.44 $46,670
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.33 3.28 $18.74 $38,980
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.05 2.59 $14.60 $30,370

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 1.60 3.96 $17.73 $36,880
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.41 3.50 $22.44 $46,670
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.35 3.33 $22.06 $45,880
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.33 3.28 $18.74 $38,980
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.05 2.59 $14.60 $30,370

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 West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.71 1.75 $31.81 $66,160
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.99 $62,380
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 1.73 $28.59 $59,470
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 1.95 $28.41 $59,090
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.00 2.48 $27.82 $57,860


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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