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Occupational Employment and Wages in Nashville-
Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, May 2012

Workers in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.10 in May 2012, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly lower than their respective national averages in 19 of the 22 major occupational groups, including protective service, computer and mathematical, and management.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support, management, and transportation and material moving. Conversely, 12 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; construction and extraction; and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

One occupational group—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin had 135,110 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 16.4-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.89, measurably below the national wage of $16.54.

With employment of 17,310, general office clerks was the largest occupation within the office and administrative support group, followed by customer service representatives (15,720) and stock clerks and order fillers (14,650). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, and executive secretaries and executive assistants, with mean hourly wages of $23.79 and $20.22, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($9.45) and stock clerks and order fillers ($11.43). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/oes_34980.htm.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Nashville United States Nashville Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $20.10* -9

Management

4.9 6.3* 52.20 45.65* -13

Business and financial operations

4.9 5.2 33.44 30.01* -10

Computer and mathematical

2.7 2.3* 38.55 32.41* -16

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.2* 37.98 32.83* -14

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.5* 32.87 26.10* -21

Community and social services

1.4 1.1* 21.27 18.96* -11

Legal

0.8 0.6* 47.39 37.13* -22

Education, training, and library

6.4 5.2* 24.62 20.08* -18

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.6* 26.20 27.89 6

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 5.7 35.35 31.72* -10

Healthcare support

3.0 2.7* 13.36 12.93* -3

Protective service

2.5 2.2* 20.70 16.87* -19

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 9.0 10.28 9.59* -7

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 2.7* 12.34 11.01* -11

Personal care and service

2.9 2.5* 11.80 10.89* -8

Sales and related

10.6 10.6 18.26 17.59* -4

Office and administrative support

16.4 18.1* 16.54 15.89* -4

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.65 13.29* 14

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.2* 21.61 18.17* -16

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.9 21.09 19.39* -8

Production

6.6 7.3* 16.59 16.37 -1

Transportation and material moving

6.7 7.9* 16.15 15.08* -7

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Nashville is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, bill and account collectors were employed at 2.2 times the national rate in Nashville, and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, at 1.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in Nashville, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

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 Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

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 .

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Nashville metropolitan statistical area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares 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. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year for a 3-year period. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in 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. The sample in the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,634 establishments with a response rate of 71 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

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.

The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. Metropolitan Statistical Area&nbsp includes Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro4/home.htm. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/methods_statement.pdf. Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request – Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

Occupational Employment and Wages in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin- MAY 2012
Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

135,1101.1$15.89$33,050

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

9,3301.223.7949,480

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

6400.913.3627,790

Telephone Operators

(5)(5)10.7622,380

Bill and Account Collectors

4,8602.216.7034,740

Billing and Posting Clerks

3,3001.216.2033,690

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

9,3901.016.7234,780

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

1,0901.118.7438,980

Procurement Clerks

4301.115.4832,200

Tellers

3,0101.012.0124,980

Financial Clerks, All Other

2100.919.1239,770

Brokerage Clerks

3401.019.1839,890

Correspondence Clerks

(5)(5)14.3729,880

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

6100.916.8735,080

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

4201.414.4230,000

Customer Service Representatives

15,7201.214.9631,110

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

9301.317.0035,360

File Clerks

6800.813.7128,510

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

1,3201.09.4519,650

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

1,5401.413.0927,240

Library Assistants, Clerical

4200.712.5726,150

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

8600.815.7232,690

New Accounts Clerks

2900.916.1533,590

Order Clerks

1,5501.316.5634,450

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

8001.017.9637,350

Receptionists and Information Clerks

6,1801.113.3027,670

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

5200.716.2033,690

Information and Record Clerks, All Other

8400.818.3338,120

Cargo and Freight Agents

3100.717.6436,700

Couriers and Messengers

4501.014.4330,010

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

5701.015.8032,870

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

1,1201.116.6834,700

Meter Readers, Utilities

2301.018.7238,950

Postal Service Clerks

3300.824.0450,000

Postal Service Mail Carriers

1,5300.924.7351,450

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

7000.923.4248,710

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

1,8401.218.5138,510

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

4,4101.114.2429,610

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

14,6501.411.4323,780

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

4101.014.3529,840

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

7,0101.520.2242,050

Legal Secretaries

6600.521.3144,330

Medical Secretaries

1,4300.515.9933,250

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

11,0600.914.9431,060

Computer Operators

6401.620.5542,740

Data Entry Keyers

1,4301.213.3327,730

Word Processors and Typists

1600.316.1233,530

Desktop Publishers

901.019.3440,230

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

1,3801.119.7641,100

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

6001.013.0727,180

Office Clerks, General

17,3101.114.8630,910

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

2500.615.3031,820

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

601.015.0431,280

Statistical Assistants

600.717.8037,010

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

9800.815.3531,920

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_34980.htm.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) Estimate not released.

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2013

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