Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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National estimates for this occupation
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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)
49,650 2.9 % $23.25 $48,360 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.13 $15.61 $21.24 $28.79 $37.75
Annual Wage (2) $23,160 $32,470 $44,190 $59,880 $78,520


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 16,700 2.56 $26.00 $54,070
Elementary and Secondary Schools 11,050 0.13 $19.99 $41,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,070 0.10 $22.70 $47,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,080 0.07 $26.89 $55,940
Junior Colleges 1,970 0.26 $27.30 $56,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 16,700 2.56 $26.00 $54,070
Junior Colleges 1,970 0.26 $27.30 $56,780
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 380 0.25 $14.06 $29,250
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 220 0.14 $18.51 $38,500
Educational Support Services 230 0.14 $22.00 $45,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $55.48 $115,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $36.02 $74,930
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $29.06 $60,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $27.60 $57,400
Software Publishers 140 0.04 $27.43 $57,060


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 7,700 0.50 1.38 $22.44 $46,670
Texas 4,040 0.35 0.97 $24.51 $50,980
New York 2,790 0.31 0.86 $24.51 $50,980
Florida 2,350 0.30 0.82 $18.85 $39,210
Virginia 2,190 0.59 1.65 $33.09 $68,820




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)
Utah 1,080 0.82 2.26 $21.08 $43,840
Arizona 1,910 0.74 2.05 $24.02 $49,970
Oregon 1,260 0.73 2.02 $20.09 $41,780
Massachusetts 2,060 0.61 1.68 $28.41 $59,090
Minnesota 1,660 0.60 1.67 $22.19 $46,150




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 240 0.36 1.01 $40.04 $83,280
Virginia 2,190 0.59 1.65 $33.09 $68,820
New Jersey 760 0.20 0.54 $30.72 $63,910
Maryland 740 0.28 0.79 $30.25 $62,910
Massachusetts 2,060 0.61 1.68 $28.41 $59,090





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.34 0.93 $26.08 $54,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.40 1.11 $23.78 $49,460
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,580 0.54 1.50 $27.74 $57,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.61 1.69 $36.03 $74,940
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,350 0.77 2.13 $31.55 $65,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,220 0.65 1.81 $22.72 $47,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,070 0.57 1.59 $23.78 $49,460
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 960 0.88 2.44 $19.76 $41,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 900 0.59 1.63 $17.78 $36,990
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 870 1.00 2.78 $24.56 $51,090




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)
Salinas, CA 810 5.00 13.87 $13.11 $27,270
Harrisonburg, VA 220 3.72 10.34 $21.91 $45,580
Columbus, GA-AL 310 2.70 7.51 $29.61 $61,590
Boulder, CO 250 1.44 3.99 $25.11 $52,230
Lincoln, NE 230 1.34 3.71 $20.19 $42,000
Provo-Orem, UT 270 1.32 3.66 $22.78 $47,380
Columbia, MO 120 1.30 3.61 $28.06 $58,360
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 90 1.23 3.43 $19.97 $41,550
Merced, CA 80 1.19 3.30 $21.64 $45,010
Leominster-Gardner, MA 50 1.09 3.03 $22.35 $46,480




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.61 1.69 $36.03 $74,940
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.44 1.23 $33.92 $70,550
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 260 0.36 1.00 $33.33 $69,330
Trenton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $32.70 $68,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.15 0.43 $31.96 $66,480
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,350 0.77 2.13 $31.55 $65,620
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 690 0.50 1.39 $31.07 $64,630
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 330 0.25 0.69 $30.91 $64,300
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.31 0.85 $30.51 $63,460
Columbus, GA-AL 310 2.70 7.51 $29.61 $61,590

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 1.44 $32.93 $68,500
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 0.97 $13.62 $28,340
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.05 2.91 $13.19 $27,440
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 1.54 $11.68 $24,300
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 0.80 $13.35 $27,770

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)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.05 2.91 $13.19 $27,440
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.87 2.40 $26.96 $56,080
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 2.02 $18.24 $37,940
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.72 2.01 $19.17 $39,880
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 1.54 $11.68 $24,300

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 1.44 $32.93 $68,500
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.87 2.40 $26.96 $56,080
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.68 $26.62 $55,380
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.57 $25.14 $52,290
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 30 0.21 0.60 $23.20 $48,250


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016