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Occupational Employment and Wages in Lincoln, Neb. MSA – May 2013

Workers in the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $19.75 in May 2013, compared to the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that among the 22 major occupational groups for which wages were available, healthcare practitioners and technical workers earned $32.46 per hour, computer and mathematical jobs paid $29.79 per hour, and workers in office and administrative support positions averaged $14.76 per hour.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; transportation and material moving; and community and social service. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including management; sales and related; and protective service. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2013
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Lincoln United States Lincoln Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.33 $19.75* -12

Management

4.9 3.7* 53.15 46.22* -13

Business and financial operations

5.0 6.0* 34.14 28.90* -15

Computer and mathematical

2.8 3.3* 39.43 29.79* -24

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.6* 38.51 32.34* -16

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 1.1* 33.37 25.57* -23

Community and social services

1.4 2.5* 21.50 16.38* -24

Legal

0.8 0.6* 47.89 38.34* -20

Education, training, and library

6.3 6.4 24.76 24.31 -2

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.6* 26.72 20.16* -25

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 5.8 35.93 32.46* -10

Healthcare support

3.0 2.5 13.61 13.60 0

Protective service

2.5 1.7* 20.92 19.26* -8

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 8.8 10.38 9.79* -6

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.7* 12.51 11.28* -10

Personal care and service

3.0 2.3* 11.88 10.85* -9

Sales and related

10.6 9.8* 18.37 15.24* -17

Office and administrative support

16.2 17.6* 16.78 14.76* -12

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.70 14.22* 22

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.9 21.94 18.15* -17

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.5* 21.35 20.31* -5

Production

6.6 6.6 16.79 16.63 -1

Transportation and material moving

6.8 8.0* 16.28 17.81 9

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Lincoln 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.
 

One occupational group—transportation and material moving—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Lincoln had 13,370 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 8.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $17.81, compared to the national wage of $16.28.

With employment of 5,900, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was the largest occupation within the transportation and material moving group, followed by laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand (2,550); driver/sales workers (690); and packers and packagers, hand (690). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators along with first-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand, with mean hourly wages of $25.90 and $20.60, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were cleaners of vehicles and equipment ($9.72) and taxi drivers and chauffeurs ($9.75). (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/2013/may/oes_30700.htm)

Location quotients allow for the exploration of an area’s occupational make-up 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 Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers were employed at 3.0 times the national rate. On the other hand, cleaners of vehicles and equipment had a location quotient of 1.0 in Lincoln, 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 Nebraska Department of Labor.

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Lincoln 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 Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,824 establishments with a response rate of 88 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 Lincoln, Neb. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Lancaster and Seward Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at  www.bls.gov/regions/midwest. 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: 1-800-877-8339.

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

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

13,370 1.2 $17.81 $37,050

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

260 1.2 20.60 42,840

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

170 0.7 25.90 53,880

Commercial Pilots

50 1.0 (5) 71,480

Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

150 0.7 15.52 32,290

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

260 0.4 14.48 30,120

Driver/Sales Workers

690 1.4 11.42 23,750

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

5,900 3.0 (5) (5)

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

650 0.7 13.26 27,580

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

220 1.0 9.75 20,280

Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other

170 2.2 8.77 18,240

Parking Lot Attendants

30 0.2 11.77 24,470

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

130 1.0 10.56 21,970

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

60 1.2 14.97 31,130

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

180 3.3 19.40 40,350

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

390 0.6 15.53 32,300

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

410 1.0 9.72 20,210

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

2,550 0.9 12.08 25,140

Packers and Packagers, Hand

690 0.8 10.11 21,020

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

250 1.7 11.45 23,820

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Lincoln, NE, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30700.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: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Lincoln, Neb. MSA – May 2013

Workers in the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $19.75 in May 2013, compared to the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that among the 22 major occupational groups for which wages were available, healthcare practitioners and technical workers earned $32.46 per hour, computer and mathematical jobs paid $29.79 per hour, and workers in office and administrative support positions averaged $14.76 per hour.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; transportation and material moving; and community and social service. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including management; sales and related; and protective service. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2013
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Lincoln United States Lincoln Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.33 $19.75* -12

Management

4.9 3.7* 53.15 46.22* -13

Business and financial operations

5.0 6.0* 34.14 28.90* -15

Computer and mathematical

2.8 3.3* 39.43 29.79* -24

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.6* 38.51 32.34* -16

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 1.1* 33.37 25.57* -23

Community and social services

1.4 2.5* 21.50 16.38* -24

Legal

0.8 0.6* 47.89 38.34* -20

Education, training, and library

6.3 6.4 24.76 24.31 -2

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.6* 26.72 20.16* -25

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 5.8 35.93 32.46* -10

Healthcare support

3.0 2.5 13.61 13.60 0

Protective service

2.5 1.7* 20.92 19.26* -8

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 8.8 10.38 9.79* -6

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.7* 12.51 11.28* -10

Personal care and service

3.0 2.3* 11.88 10.85* -9

Sales and related

10.6 9.8* 18.37 15.24* -17

Office and administrative support

16.2 17.6* 16.78 14.76* -12

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.70 14.22* 22

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.9 21.94 18.15* -17

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.5* 21.35 20.31* -5

Production

6.6 6.6 16.79 16.63 -1

Transportation and material moving

6.8 8.0* 16.28 17.81 9

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Lincoln 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.
 

One occupational group—transportation and material moving—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Lincoln had 13,370 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 8.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $17.81, compared to the national wage of $16.28.

With employment of 5,900, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was the largest occupation within the transportation and material moving group, followed by laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand (2,550); driver/sales workers (690); and packers and packagers, hand (690). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators along with first-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand, with mean hourly wages of $25.90 and $20.60, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were cleaners of vehicles and equipment ($9.72) and taxi drivers and chauffeurs ($9.75). (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/2013/may/oes_30700.htm)

Location quotients allow for the exploration of an area’s occupational make-up 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 Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers were employed at 3.0 times the national rate. On the other hand, cleaners of vehicles and equipment had a location quotient of 1.0 in Lincoln, 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 Nebraska Department of Labor.

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Lincoln 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 Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,824 establishments with a response rate of 88 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 Lincoln, Neb. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Lancaster and Seward Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at  www.bls.gov/regions/midwest. 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: 1-800-877-8339.

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

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

13,370 1.2 $17.81 $37,050

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

260 1.2 20.60 42,840

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

170 0.7 25.90 53,880

Commercial Pilots

50 1.0 (5) 71,480

Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

150 0.7 15.52 32,290

Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

260 0.4 14.48 30,120

Driver/Sales Workers

690 1.4 11.42 23,750

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

5,900 3.0 (5) (5)

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

650 0.7 13.26 27,580

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

220 1.0 9.75 20,280

Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other

170 2.2 8.77 18,240

Parking Lot Attendants

30 0.2 11.77 24,470

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

130 1.0 10.56 21,970

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

60 1.2 14.97 31,130

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

180 3.3 19.40 40,350

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

390 0.6 15.53 32,300

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

410 1.0 9.72 20,210

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

2,550 0.9 12.08 25,140

Packers and Packagers, Hand

690 0.8 10.11 21,020

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

250 1.7 11.45 23,820

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Lincoln, NE, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30700.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: Thursday, June 26, 2014