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Occupational Employment and Wages in El Paso, 2013

Workers in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $17.32 in May 2013, 22 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman 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 construction and extraction; personal care and service; and sales and related. Local wages in three occupational groups were not statistically different from their respective national averages: protective service; community and social service; and legal.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; education, training, and library; and protective service. Conversely, eleven groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including computer and mathematical; management; and business and financial operations. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0%   $22.33 $17.32 * -22

Management

4.9 3.4 * 53.15 45.20 * -15

Business and financial operations

5.0 3.7 * 34.14 27.98 * -18

Computer and mathematical

2.8 1.1 * 39.43 28.09 * -29

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.9 * 38.51 34.06 * -12

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.5 * 33.37 26.15 * -22

Community and social service

1.4 1.3 * 21.50 20.97   -2

Legal

0.8 0.6 * 47.89 45.28   -5

Education, training, and library

6.3 8.0 * 24.76 23.26 * -6

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.7 * 26.72 22.06 * -17

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.8 5.1 * 35.93 32.66 * -9

Healthcare support

3.0 2.8   13.61 12.25 * -10

Protective service

2.5 3.7 * 20.92 21.61   3

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 10.1 * 10.38 9.04 * -13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.2   12.51 9.94 * -21

Personal care and service

3.0 4.1 * 11.88 8.92 * -25

Sales and related

10.6 11.0   18.37 13.91 * -24

Office and administrative support

16.2 18.9 * 16.78 13.47 * -20

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 11.70 9.49 * -19

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.6   21.94 15.04 * -31

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.2 * 21.35 16.52 * -23

Production

6.6 5.8 * 16.79 12.99 * -23

Transportation and material moving

6.8 7.3   16.28 13.28 * -18

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in El Paso 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 – office and administrative support – illustrates the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. El Paso had 53,100 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.9 percent of local employment, significantly above the 16.2-percent national share. However, at $13.47 per hour, the local average hourly wage for this occupational group was 20 percent below the national average of $16.78.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included general office clerks (8,930), customer service representatives (7,540), and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (5,500). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $23.04 and $22.11, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were data entry keyers ($9.80) and stock clerks and order fillers ($9.85). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of all detailed occupations go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_21340.htm.)

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 El Paso metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, cargo and freight agents were employed at 1.8 times the national rate in El Paso, and data entry keyers at 2.8 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, stock clerks and order fillers had a location quotient of 1.1 in El Paso, 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 Texas Workforce Commission.

Note

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the El Paso 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 El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,481 establishments with a response rate of 62 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 El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes El Paso County in Texas.

Additional information
OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/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/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, El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2013
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

Office and administrative support occupations

53,100 1.2 $13.47 $28,010

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

3,200 1.1 $23.04 $47,910

Switchboard operators, including answering service

290 1.2 $10.26 $21,350

Bill and account collectors

700 0.9 $14.82 $30,830

Billing and posting clerks

1,190 1.1 $12.86 $26,740

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

2,840 0.8 $15.14 $31,490

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

510 1.4 $15.73 $32,710

Procurement clerks

200 1.4 $16.85 $35,040

Tellers

1,210 1.1 $10.97 $22,810

Court, municipal, and license clerks

380 1.4 $12.99 $27,020

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

90 0.8 $14.76 $30,700

Customer service representatives

7,540 1.5 $12.12 $25,200

File clerks

330 1.0 $10.90 $22,660

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

440 0.9 $8.57 $17,820

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

500 1.2 $12.14 $25,250

Library assistants, clerical

210 1.0 $11.04 $22,960

Loan interviewers and clerks

440 1.0 $16.89 $35,120

New accounts clerks

110 1.0 $14.38 $29,900

Order clerks

350 0.8 $12.02 $24,990

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

430 1.5 $15.08 $31,370

Receptionists and information clerks

1,800 0.9 $10.48 $21,800

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

160 0.5 $18.32 $38,100

Information and record clerks, all other

530 1.4 $16.87 $35,090

Cargo and freight agents

290 1.8 $15.56 $32,370

Couriers and messengers

280 1.8 $9.69 $20,150

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

190 0.9 $16.06 $33,410

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

430 1.1 $14.70 $30,570

Meter readers, utilities

40 0.5 (5) (5)

Postal service clerks

80 0.6 $24.11 $50,150

Postal service mail carriers

490 0.7 $23.89 $49,680

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

160 0.6 $23.60 $49,090

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

490 0.8 $20.21 $42,030

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

1,860 1.3 $12.21 $25,390

Stock clerks and order fillers

4,370 1.1 $9.85 $20,500

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

80 0.5 $11.52 $23,970

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

990 0.6 $22.11 $45,990

Legal secretaries

240 0.5 $17.62 $36,650

Medical secretaries

1,570 1.4 $12.40 $25,800

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

5,500 1.2 $12.87 $26,760

Data entry keyers

1,250 2.8 $9.80 $20,380

Word processors and typists

(5) (5) $16.04 $33,370

Desktop publishers

(5) (5) $10.06 $20,910

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

460 0.9 $14.09 $29,310

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

170 0.8 $12.09 $25,140

Office clerks, general

8,930 1.5 $11.88 $24,710

Office machine operators, except computer

230 1.7 $10.05 $20,910

Office and administrative support workers, all other

100 0.2 $15.08 $31,360

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the El Paso MSA, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_21340.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) Estimates not released.

Last Modified Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

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Occupational Employment and Wages in El Paso, 2013

Workers in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $17.32 in May 2013, 22 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman 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 construction and extraction; personal care and service; and sales and related. Local wages in three occupational groups were not statistically different from their respective national averages: protective service; community and social service; and legal.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; education, training, and library; and protective service. Conversely, eleven groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including computer and mathematical; management; and business and financial operations. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0%   $22.33 $17.32 * -22

Management

4.9 3.4 * 53.15 45.20 * -15

Business and financial operations

5.0 3.7 * 34.14 27.98 * -18

Computer and mathematical

2.8 1.1 * 39.43 28.09 * -29

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.9 * 38.51 34.06 * -12

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.5 * 33.37 26.15 * -22

Community and social service

1.4 1.3 * 21.50 20.97   -2

Legal

0.8 0.6 * 47.89 45.28   -5

Education, training, and library

6.3 8.0 * 24.76 23.26 * -6

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.7 * 26.72 22.06 * -17

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.8 5.1 * 35.93 32.66 * -9

Healthcare support

3.0 2.8   13.61 12.25 * -10

Protective service

2.5 3.7 * 20.92 21.61   3

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 10.1 * 10.38 9.04 * -13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.2   12.51 9.94 * -21

Personal care and service

3.0 4.1 * 11.88 8.92 * -25

Sales and related

10.6 11.0   18.37 13.91 * -24

Office and administrative support

16.2 18.9 * 16.78 13.47 * -20

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 11.70 9.49 * -19

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.6   21.94 15.04 * -31

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.2 * 21.35 16.52 * -23

Production

6.6 5.8 * 16.79 12.99 * -23

Transportation and material moving

6.8 7.3   16.28 13.28 * -18

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in El Paso 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 – office and administrative support – illustrates the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. El Paso had 53,100 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.9 percent of local employment, significantly above the 16.2-percent national share. However, at $13.47 per hour, the local average hourly wage for this occupational group was 20 percent below the national average of $16.78.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included general office clerks (8,930), customer service representatives (7,540), and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (5,500). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $23.04 and $22.11, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were data entry keyers ($9.80) and stock clerks and order fillers ($9.85). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of all detailed occupations go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_21340.htm.)

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 El Paso metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, cargo and freight agents were employed at 1.8 times the national rate in El Paso, and data entry keyers at 2.8 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, stock clerks and order fillers had a location quotient of 1.1 in El Paso, 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 Texas Workforce Commission.

Note

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the El Paso 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 El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,481 establishments with a response rate of 62 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 El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes El Paso County in Texas.

Additional information
OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/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/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, El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2013
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

Office and administrative support occupations

53,100 1.2 $13.47 $28,010

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

3,200 1.1 $23.04 $47,910

Switchboard operators, including answering service

290 1.2 $10.26 $21,350

Bill and account collectors

700 0.9 $14.82 $30,830

Billing and posting clerks

1,190 1.1 $12.86 $26,740

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

2,840 0.8 $15.14 $31,490

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

510 1.4 $15.73 $32,710

Procurement clerks

200 1.4 $16.85 $35,040

Tellers

1,210 1.1 $10.97 $22,810

Court, municipal, and license clerks

380 1.4 $12.99 $27,020

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

90 0.8 $14.76 $30,700

Customer service representatives

7,540 1.5 $12.12 $25,200

File clerks

330 1.0 $10.90 $22,660

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

440 0.9 $8.57 $17,820

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

500 1.2 $12.14 $25,250

Library assistants, clerical

210 1.0 $11.04 $22,960

Loan interviewers and clerks

440 1.0 $16.89 $35,120

New accounts clerks

110 1.0 $14.38 $29,900

Order clerks

350 0.8 $12.02 $24,990

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

430 1.5 $15.08 $31,370

Receptionists and information clerks

1,800 0.9 $10.48 $21,800

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

160 0.5 $18.32 $38,100

Information and record clerks, all other

530 1.4 $16.87 $35,090

Cargo and freight agents

290 1.8 $15.56 $32,370

Couriers and messengers

280 1.8 $9.69 $20,150

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

190 0.9 $16.06 $33,410

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

430 1.1 $14.70 $30,570

Meter readers, utilities

40 0.5 (5) (5)

Postal service clerks

80 0.6 $24.11 $50,150

Postal service mail carriers

490 0.7 $23.89 $49,680

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

160 0.6 $23.60 $49,090

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

490 0.8 $20.21 $42,030

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

1,860 1.3 $12.21 $25,390

Stock clerks and order fillers

4,370 1.1 $9.85 $20,500

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

80 0.5 $11.52 $23,970

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

990 0.6 $22.11 $45,990

Legal secretaries

240 0.5 $17.62 $36,650

Medical secretaries

1,570 1.4 $12.40 $25,800

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

5,500 1.2 $12.87 $26,760

Data entry keyers

1,250 2.8 $9.80 $20,380

Word processors and typists

(5) (5) $16.04 $33,370

Desktop publishers

(5) (5) $10.06 $20,910

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

460 0.9 $14.09 $29,310

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

170 0.8 $12.09 $25,140

Office clerks, general

8,930 1.5 $11.88 $24,710

Office machine operators, except computer

230 1.7 $10.05 $20,910

Office and administrative support workers, all other

100 0.2 $15.08 $31,360

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the El Paso MSA, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_21340.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) Estimates not released.

Last Modified Date: Friday, April 25, 2014