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Occupational Employment And Wages In Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, May 2013

Workers in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.63 in May 2013, about 8 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, 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 17 of the 22 major occupational groups including education, training, and library; computer and mathematical; and construction and extraction.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including transportation and material moving, office and administrative support, and management. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including construction and extraction, personal care and service, and sales and related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

One occupational group—transportation and material moving—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin had 66,390 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 8.4 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.41, significantly below the national wage of $16.28.

With employment of 22,290, laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand was the largest occupation within the transportation and material moving group, followed by heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (13,820) and hand packers and packagers (4,540). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of transportation and material moving machine and vehicle operators and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with mean hourly wages of $26.00 and $19.93, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were parking lot attendants ($9.35) and hand packers and packagers ($9.83). (Detailed occupational data for transportation and material moving are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/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 2013
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% $22.33 $20.63* -8

Management

4.9 6.2* 53.15 46.62* -12

Business and financial operations

5.0 5.2 34.14 30.47* -11

Computer and mathematical

2.8 2.5* 39.43 33.09* -16

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.3* 38.51 32.86* -15

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.5* 33.37 26.47* -21

Community and social services

1.4 1.0* 21.50 19.50* -9

Legal

0.8 0.7* 47.89 38.04* -21

Education, training, and library

6.3 4.9* 24.76 19.96* -19

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.6* 26.72 26.38 -1

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 6.8* 35.93 32.02* -11

Healthcare support

3.0 2.7* 13.61 13.23 -3

Protective service

2.5 2.2* 20.92 17.00* -19

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 9.0 10.38 9.84* -5

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.7* 12.51 11.21* -10

Personal care and service

3.0 2.3* 11.88 11.47* -3

Sales and related

10.6 10.0* 18.37 17.79 -3

Office and administrative support

16.2 17.5* 16.78 16.42* -2

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.70 13.30* 14

Construction and extraction

3.8 2.9* 21.94 18.47* -16

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0 21.35 20.04* -6

Production

6.6 7.5* 16.79 16.66 -1

Transportation and material moving

6.8 8.4* 16.28 15.41* -5

* 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.
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.
 

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 transportation and material moving group. For instance, laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand were employed at 1.6 times the national rate in Nashville, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, at 1.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, light truck or delivery services drivers had a location quotient of 0.9 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.

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 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. The sample in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,724 establishments with a response rate of 67 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 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. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm, respectively.

The May 2013 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.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 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/regions/southeast. 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/2013/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.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2013
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

66,390 1.2 $15.41 $32,060

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

50 1.5 25.19 52,390

First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand

1,550 1.6 22.14 46,050

First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

1,310 1.1 26.00 54,080

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

110 0.2 (5) 77,120

Commercial Pilots

150 0.7 (5) 56,700

Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

1,120 1.2 18.11 37,670

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

2,040 0.7 12.86 26,740

Driver/Sales Workers

1,800 0.8 15.34 31,900

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

13,820 1.5 19.93 41,450

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

4,270 0.9 15.34 31,920

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

560 0.6 10.85 22,580

Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other

940 2.5 12.41 25,820

Sailors and Marine Oilers

(5) (5) 19.74 41,060

Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

(5) (5) 44.78 93,150

Ship Engineers

(5) (5) 31.55 65,620

Parking Lot Attendants

1,110 1.4 9.35 19,450

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

740 1.1 9.58 19,930

Traffic Technicians

120 3.3 20.34 42,300

Transportation Inspectors

60 0.4 44.01 91,530

Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants

250 2.0 8.79 18,280

Transportation Workers, All Other

(5) (5) 13.26 27,590

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

450 1.8 15.09 31,400

Crane and Tower Operators

120 0.5 19.59 40,740

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

230 0.9 16.96 35,280

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

4,330 1.4 15.46 32,150

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

1,460 0.8 10.38 21,580

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

22,290 1.6 12.53 26,050

Machine Feeders and Offbearers

320 0.5 11.56 24,030

Packers and Packagers, Hand

4,540 1.1 9.83 20,440

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

450 0.7 13.09 27,230

Material Moving Workers, All Other

370 2.5 17.20 35,770

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, 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: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Occupational Employment And Wages In Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, May 2013

Workers in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.63 in May 2013, about 8 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, 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 17 of the 22 major occupational groups including education, training, and library; computer and mathematical; and construction and extraction.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including transportation and material moving, office and administrative support, and management. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including construction and extraction, personal care and service, and sales and related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

One occupational group—transportation and material moving—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin had 66,390 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 8.4 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.41, significantly below the national wage of $16.28.

With employment of 22,290, laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand was the largest occupation within the transportation and material moving group, followed by heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (13,820) and hand packers and packagers (4,540). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of transportation and material moving machine and vehicle operators and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with mean hourly wages of $26.00 and $19.93, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were parking lot attendants ($9.35) and hand packers and packagers ($9.83). (Detailed occupational data for transportation and material moving are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/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 2013
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% $22.33 $20.63* -8

Management

4.9 6.2* 53.15 46.62* -12

Business and financial operations

5.0 5.2 34.14 30.47* -11

Computer and mathematical

2.8 2.5* 39.43 33.09* -16

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.3* 38.51 32.86* -15

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.5* 33.37 26.47* -21

Community and social services

1.4 1.0* 21.50 19.50* -9

Legal

0.8 0.7* 47.89 38.04* -21

Education, training, and library

6.3 4.9* 24.76 19.96* -19

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.6* 26.72 26.38 -1

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 6.8* 35.93 32.02* -11

Healthcare support

3.0 2.7* 13.61 13.23 -3

Protective service

2.5 2.2* 20.92 17.00* -19

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 9.0 10.38 9.84* -5

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.7* 12.51 11.21* -10

Personal care and service

3.0 2.3* 11.88 11.47* -3

Sales and related

10.6 10.0* 18.37 17.79 -3

Office and administrative support

16.2 17.5* 16.78 16.42* -2

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.70 13.30* 14

Construction and extraction

3.8 2.9* 21.94 18.47* -16

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0 21.35 20.04* -6

Production

6.6 7.5* 16.79 16.66 -1

Transportation and material moving

6.8 8.4* 16.28 15.41* -5

* 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.
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.
 

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 transportation and material moving group. For instance, laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand were employed at 1.6 times the national rate in Nashville, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, at 1.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, light truck or delivery services drivers had a location quotient of 0.9 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.

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 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. The sample in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,724 establishments with a response rate of 67 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 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. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm, respectively.

The May 2013 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.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 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/regions/southeast. 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/2013/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.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2013
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

66,390 1.2 $15.41 $32,060

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

50 1.5 25.19 52,390

First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand

1,550 1.6 22.14 46,050

First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

1,310 1.1 26.00 54,080

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

110 0.2 (5) 77,120

Commercial Pilots

150 0.7 (5) 56,700

Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

1,120 1.2 18.11 37,670

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

2,040 0.7 12.86 26,740

Driver/Sales Workers

1,800 0.8 15.34 31,900

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

13,820 1.5 19.93 41,450

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

4,270 0.9 15.34 31,920

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

560 0.6 10.85 22,580

Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other

940 2.5 12.41 25,820

Sailors and Marine Oilers

(5) (5) 19.74 41,060

Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

(5) (5) 44.78 93,150

Ship Engineers

(5) (5) 31.55 65,620

Parking Lot Attendants

1,110 1.4 9.35 19,450

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

740 1.1 9.58 19,930

Traffic Technicians

120 3.3 20.34 42,300

Transportation Inspectors

60 0.4 44.01 91,530

Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants

250 2.0 8.79 18,280

Transportation Workers, All Other

(5) (5) 13.26 27,590

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

450 1.8 15.09 31,400

Crane and Tower Operators

120 0.5 19.59 40,740

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

230 0.9 16.96 35,280

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

4,330 1.4 15.46 32,150

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

1,460 0.8 10.38 21,580

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

22,290 1.6 12.53 26,050

Machine Feeders and Offbearers

320 0.5 11.56 24,030

Packers and Packagers, Hand

4,540 1.1 9.83 20,440

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

450 0.7 13.09 27,230

Material Moving Workers, All Other

370 2.5 17.20 35,770

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, 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: Wednesday, May 21, 2014