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Occupational Employment and Wages for Teachers in Virginia's Metropolitan Areas – May 2012

Among 10 local areas in Virginia, only the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Division1 had wages significantly above the national average for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Richmond areas had wages that were significantly below those for the nation in all three selected occupations. These three areas spanned the southern portion of the Commonwealth, while the Washington division covered the northeastern corner of Virginia. Nationwide, the average (mean) wage for secondary school teachers was $57,770, middle school teachers averaged $56,280, and elementary school teachers earned $56,130. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia, please see Technical Note.)

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States and metropolitan areas in Virginia, May 2012
Area Secondary School Middle School Elementary School

United States

$57,770
$56,280
$56,130

Virginia

60,180
58,180
58,510

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford

57,890
58,670
--

Charlottesville

59,140
61,190
60,560*

Danville

-- -- --

Harrisonburg

-- -- 38,440*

Lynchburg

47,720* 42,100* 45,830*

Richmond

51,960* 52,710* 53,150*

Roanoke

50,970* 50,310* 52,390*

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

55,390
56,010
54,300

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

69,450* 68,760* 68,340*

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria division

69,890* 66,710* 67,940*

Winchester

60,220
57,200
51,110
* The mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.
-- Estimate not released.

Of the 10 localities in the Commonwealth, the Washington division had the largest number of jobs in the three teaching occupations combined, with 42,320, over three-quarters of the 53,240 teaching jobs in the greater Washington area. Elsewhere, the Virginia Beach and Richmond areas totaled 16,630 and 10,830 jobs across the three occupations, respectively. Employment totals in each of the remaining areas were less than 3,000. (See table B.)

Table B. Employment for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States and metropolitan areas in Virginia, May 2012
Area Secondary School Middle School Elementary School

United States

959,770 620,900 1,360,380

Virginia

23,640 16,610 36,220

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford

360 260 --

Charlottesville

680 410 940

Danville

440 -- --

Harrisonburg

-- -- 620

Lynchburg

710 430 960

Richmond

3,030 2,860 4,940

Roanoke

990 660 1,340

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

5,290 3,550 7,790

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

17,130 11,280 24,830

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria division

12,850 8,160 21,310

Winchester

240 260 590
-- Estimate not released.

Wages for secondary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Virginia

Secondary school teachers in the Washington Metropolitan Division earned $69,890 per year; it was the only locality in the state with a mean wage significantly above the U.S. average of $57,770 for this occupation. Wages were significantly below average for this occupation in 3 of the 10 areas in Virginia—Lynchburg ($47,720), Roanoke ($50,970), and Richmond ($51,960). Wages for four other areas in Virginia were not significantly different from the U.S. average for this occupation. (See chart 1.)

Chart 1. Mean annual wages for secondary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Virginia, May 2012

Wages for middle school teachers in metropolitan areas in Virginia

The Washington division had a mean annual wage of $66,710 for middle school teachers, significantly above the U.S. average of $56,280. Three metropolitan areas had wages significantly below the national average for middle school teachers—Lynchburg ($42,100), Roanoke ($50,310), and Richmond ($52,710). Middle school teachers in four other areas in Virginia earned wages that were not measurably different from the national average. (See chart 2.)

Chart 2. Mean annual wages for middle school teachers in metropolitan areas in Virginia, May 2012

Wages for elementary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Virginia

Two localities in Virginia posted average wages for elementary school teachers that were significantly higher than the $56,130 national average—the Washington division ($67,940) and the Charlottesville area ($60,560). Wages for elementary school teachers were measurably below that for the nation in four areas—Harrisonburg ($38,440), Lynchburg ($45,830), Roanoke ($52,390), and Richmond ($53,150). In two areas wages were not significantly different from the U.S. average for this occupation. (See chart 3.)

Chart 3. Mean annual wages for elementary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Virginia, May 2012

Footnotes

1The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Division is one of two Metropolitan Divisions in the greater Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area’s other division, Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, is located entirely in Maryland and its data have not been presented in this release.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. As a result, employment and wage data are now available for preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, and substitute teachers. Occupational employment and wage estimates for metropolitan areas are located at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services; the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; the North Carolina Department of Commerce; the Virginia Employment Commission; and WorkForce West Virginia. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and about 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas.

The OES wage data for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in states and metropolitan areas were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE: A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, forms are mailed to two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 establishments in May and the other in November. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

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Area definitions
The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Last Modified Date: September 12, 2013