Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.


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)
16,820 4.7 % $24.76 $51,490 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.82 $17.00 $22.42 $32.27 $41.11
Annual Wage (2) $28,750 $35,350 $46,630 $67,110 $85,500


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)
Building Finishing Contractors 15,160 2.18 $24.44 $50,840
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.15 $28.54 $59,370
Residential Building Construction 390 0.06 $28.56 $59,390
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 120 0.02 $23.01 $47,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 15,160 2.18 $24.44 $50,840
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.15 $28.54 $59,370
Residential Building Construction 390 0.06 $28.56 $59,390
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 120 0.02 $23.01 $47,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 390 0.06 $28.56 $59,390
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.15 $28.54 $59,370
Building Finishing Contractors 15,160 2.18 $24.44 $50,840
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 120 0.02 $23.01 $47,860


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 4,780 0.32 2.54 $26.93 $56,010
Washington 1,560 0.54 4.32 $24.01 $49,930
Arizona 1,010 0.40 3.21 $16.74 $34,830
New York 960 0.11 0.87 $32.81 $68,250
Texas 770 0.07 0.55 $19.98 $41,560




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)
Washington 1,560 0.54 4.32 $24.01 $49,930
Nevada 470 0.40 3.18 $21.79 $45,320
Idaho 250 0.40 3.18 $18.88 $39,280
Arizona 1,010 0.40 3.21 $16.74 $34,830
California 4,780 0.32 2.54 $26.93 $56,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 440 0.08 0.62 $35.84 $74,550
Massachusetts 510 0.15 1.23 $34.28 $71,310
Hawaii 190 0.31 2.49 $33.17 $68,990
New York 960 0.11 0.87 $32.81 $68,250
New Hampshire 80 0.13 1.08 $32.07 $66,700





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 950 0.64 5.13 $25.47 $52,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 750 0.41 3.28 $16.44 $34,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 710 0.73 5.88 $32.42 $67,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 680 0.55 4.38 $22.21 $46,190
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 660 0.50 3.99 $20.07 $41,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.37 2.95 $24.48 $50,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.12 0.99 $27.89 $58,000
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 480 0.38 3.06 $38.22 $79,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.25 2.04 $24.24 $50,420
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.34 2.74 $24.73 $51,430




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)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 170 1.58 12.71 $26.77 $55,680
New Bedford, MA 80 1.25 10.06 $22.49 $46,790
Coeur d'Alene, ID 60 1.18 9.45 $16.94 $35,230
Bellingham, WA 80 0.96 7.72 $23.66 $49,210
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 250 0.91 7.34 $21.45 $44,620
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 180 0.86 6.89 $16.92 $35,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 710 0.73 5.88 $32.42 $67,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 950 0.64 5.13 $25.47 $52,970
Reno-Sparks, NV 130 0.64 5.18 $19.55 $40,660
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 680 0.55 4.38 $22.21 $46,190




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 480 0.38 3.06 $38.22 $79,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 350 0.19 1.55 $37.78 $78,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.78 $37.60 $78,220
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.04 0.34 $35.94 $74,750
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.40 3.23 $35.04 $72,880
Honolulu, HI 170 0.38 3.06 $33.62 $69,930
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.71 $68,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 710 0.73 5.88 $32.42 $67,430
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.72 $63,890
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.23 1.83 $29.72 $61,830


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015