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Occupational Employment and Wages in Sioux Falls, S.D. MSA – May 2012


Workers in the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $18.64 in May 2012, about 15 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 1 of the 22 major occupational groups — farming, fishing, and forestry. Twenty groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal, computer and mathematical, and architecture and engineering occupations.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, office and administrative support, and sales and related occupations. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; management; and protective services. (See table A and box note at end of release.)


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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $18.64* -15

Management

4.9 3.0* 52.20 48.98* -6

Business and financial operations

4.9 5.2* 33.44 28.02* -16

Computer and mathematical

2.7 2.5* 38.55 28.35* -26

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.9* 37.98 28.55* -25

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.5* 32.87 29.38* -11

Community and social services

1.4 1.4* 21.27 18.09* -15

Legal

0.8 0.5* 47.39 32.70* -31

Education, training, and library

6.4 3.8* 24.62 18.16* -26

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.7* 26.20 17.02* -35

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 8.7* 35.35 31.44* -11

Healthcare support

3.0 2.5* 13.36 12.92* -3

Protective service

2.5 1.3* 20.70 18.86* -9

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 8.9 10.28 9.51* -7

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.5 12.34 11.16* -10

Personal care and service

2.9 3.2* 11.80 10.82* -8

Sales and related

10.6 11.7* 18.26 18.68 2

Office and administrative support

16.4 18.5* 16.54 13.99* -15

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.65 13.76* 18

Construction and extraction

3.8 4.2* 21.61 17.25* -20

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.6* 21.09 20.21* -4

Production

6.6 6.8 16.59 14.73* -11

Transportation and material moving

6.7 7.4* 16.15 14.55* -10

Footnotes:
* 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 Sioux Falls is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.

One occupational group—healthcare practitioners and technical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Sioux Falls had 11,930 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, accounting for 8.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.9-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $31.44, measurably below the national wage of $35.35.

With employment of 5,090, registered nurses was the largest occupation within the healthcare practitioners and technical group, followed by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (720) and pharmacy technicians (660). Among the higher paying jobs were general internists and family and general practitioners, with mean hourly wages of $121.40 and $85.12, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pharmacy technicians ($13.71) and dispensing opticians ($14.96). (Detailed occupational data for healthcare practitioners and technical are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_43620.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 Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, dispensing opticians were employed at 2.6 times the national rate in Sioux Falls, and medical and clinical laboratory technologists, at 2.2 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses had a location quotient of 1.0 in Sioux Falls, 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 South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

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 Sioux Falls 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 Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,849 establishments with a response rate of 89 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 Sioux Falls, S.D. Metropolitan Statistical Area&nbsp includes Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, and Turner Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro5/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: 1-800-877-8339.

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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual(4)

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

11,9301.5$31.44$65,390

Chiropractors

501.833.6970,070

Dentists, General

1101.272.26150,300

Dietitians and Nutritionists

601.025.1152,230

Optometrists

401.481.44169,390

Pharmacists

5001.751.18106,460

Family and General Practitioners

1701.485.12177,050

Internists, General

1002.1121.40252,510

Surgeons

1002.2(6)(6)

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

2500.8117.15243,680

Physician Assistants

1501.743.7290,940

Occupational Therapists

1701.531.2464,970

Physical Therapists

2401.233.2769,190

Respiratory Therapists

1701.422.2746,330

Speech-Language Pathologists

1401.125.4853,000

Veterinarians

400.736.1675,220

Registered Nurses

5,0901.825.6853,400

Nurse Anesthetists

1403.881.10168,690

Nurse Practitioners

2201.941.8286,990

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

3802.225.7053,450

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

2001.215.9633,190

Dental Hygienists

1600.828.6659,620

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

901.623.8349,580

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

1702.826.1954,480

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

1004.626.4855,080

Radiologic Technologists

3601.822.3846,540

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

1200.515.3932,010

Pharmacy Technicians

6601.813.7128,520

Surgical Technologists

2202.218.3338,130

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

1001.116.2133,720

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

7201.016.6734,680

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

3802.017.4936,370

Opticians, Dispensing

1802.614.9631,120

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

(5)(5)22.5446,890

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

500.728.8860,070

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Sioux Falls, SD, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_43620.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.
(6) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

Last Modified Date: May 9, 2013