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Occupational Employment and Wages in El Paso, May 2014

Workers in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $17.51 in May 2014, about 23 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, 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 lower than their respective national averages in 18 of the 22 major occupational groups, including computer and mathematical; construction and extraction; and personal care and service. Local wages in four occupational groups were not statistically different from their respective national averages: protective service; legal; community and social service; and architecture and engineering.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, El Paso employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups including office and administrative support; personal care and service; and protective service. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including management; business and financial operations; and computer and mathematical. (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 2014
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%   $22.71 $17.51 * -23

Management

5.0 3.2 * 54.08 47.37 * -12

Business and financial operations

5.1 3.4 * 34.81 28.65 * -18

Computer and mathematical

2.8 1.5 * 40.37 27.85 * -31

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.9 * 39.19 37.67   -4

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.4 * 33.69 26.76 * -21

Community and social service

1.4 1.3   21.79 21.43   -2

Legal

0.8 0.6 * 48.61 48.36   -1

Education, training, and library

6.2 7.5 * 25.10 22.37 * -11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.8 * 26.82 20.25 * -24

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.8 5.3 * 36.54 32.86 * -10

Healthcare support

2.9 3.1   13.86 11.96 * -14

Protective service

2.4 3.7 * 21.14 21.55   2

Food preparation and serving related

9.1 10.4 * 10.57 9.21 * -13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.2   12.68 9.95 * -22

Personal care and service

3.1 4.4 * 12.01 8.88 * -26

Sales and related

10.5 11.4 * 18.59 14.15 * -24

Office and administrative support

16.0 18.3 * 17.08 13.77 * -19

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 12.09 9.48 * -22

Construction and extraction

3.9 3.6 * 22.40 15.94 * -29

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0   21.74 16.93 * -22

Production

6.6 5.7 * 17.06 13.54 * -21

Transportation and material moving

6.8 7.1   16.57 13.42 * -19

(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.

Note: * 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 – was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. El Paso had 51,920 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.3 percent of local employment, significantly higher than the 16.0-percent national share. However, the local wage for this occupational group was significantly below the U.S. average. At $13.77 an hour, the mean wage for El Paso office and administrative support workers was about 19 percent below the $17.08 national average.

With employment of 9,990, general office clerks was one of the largest occupations within the office and administrative support group, as were customer service representatives (7,130) and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (5,010). 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 $23.55 and $22.65, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were data entry keyers ($9.94) and receptionists and information clerks ($10.04). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of 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, data entry keyers were employed at 2.8 times the national average in El Paso, and couriers and messengers, at 2.5 times the national rate. On the other hand, billing and posting clerks 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

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. May 2014 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, and November 2011. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 74.3 percent based on establishments and 70.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.1 percent of total national employment. (Response rates are slightly lower for these estimates due to the federal shutdown in October 2013.) The sample in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,491 establishments with a response rate of 60 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 2014 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. 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/current/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, El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2014
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

 

Office and administrative support occupations
51,920 1.1 $13.77 $28,640

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

2,870 1.0 23.55 48,980

Switchboard operators, including answering service

250 1.1 10.38 21,590

Bill and account collectors

530 0.7 16.22 33,740

Billing and posting clerks

1,140 1.1 12.92 26,880

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

2,770 0.8 15.25 31,720

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

550 1.6 16.65 34,630

Procurement clerks

220 1.5 17.59 36,590

Tellers

1,280 1.2 11.05 22,970

Court, municipal, and license clerks

400 1.5 13.39 27,850

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

90 0.9 15.52 32,280

Customer service representatives

7,130 1.4 12.67 26,360

File clerks

340 1.1 10.78 22,430

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

400 0.8 8.62 17,930

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

370 0.9 13.08 27,200

Library assistants, clerical

210 1.0 11.03 22,940

Loan interviewers and clerks

(5) (5) 21.83 45,420

New accounts clerks

130 1.2 12.71 26,440

Order clerks

420 1.1 12.42 25,830

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

410 1.5 15.19 31,590

Receptionists and information clerks

1,220 0.6 10.04 20,870

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

150 0.5 19.27 40,080

Information and record clerks, all other

580 1.6 16.56 34,440

Cargo and freight agents

240 1.5 16.87 35,100

Couriers and messengers

370 2.5 9.28 19,290

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

190 0.9 16.54 34,400

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

390 1.0 14.97 31,130

Postal service clerks

80 0.6 24.87 51,740

Postal service mail carriers

490 0.8 24.27 50,490

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

160 0.6 23.93 49,770

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

590 0.9 18.98 39,480

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

1,960 1.4 11.36 23,620

Stock clerks and order fillers

4,360 1.1 10.13 21,070

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

190 1.3 12.56 26,120

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

790 0.5 22.65 47,120

Legal secretaries

280 0.6 17.84 37,110

Medical secretaries

1,670 1.5 12.07 25,100

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

5,010 1.1 13.05 27,140

Computer operators

220 1.8 13.48 28,040

Data entry keyers

1,230 2.8 9.94 20,670

Word processors and typists

70 0.4 16.92 35,190

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

390 0.7 17.49 36,370

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

290 1.4 13.11 27,270

Office clerks, general

9,990 1.6 12.73 26,480

Office machine operators, except computer

130 0.9 11.58 24,080

Office and administrative support workers, all other

120 0.3 16.80 34,930

(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: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Occupational Employment and Wages in El Paso, May 2014

Workers in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $17.51 in May 2014, about 23 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, 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 lower than their respective national averages in 18 of the 22 major occupational groups, including computer and mathematical; construction and extraction; and personal care and service. Local wages in four occupational groups were not statistically different from their respective national averages: protective service; legal; community and social service; and architecture and engineering.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, El Paso employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups including office and administrative support; personal care and service; and protective service. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including management; business and financial operations; and computer and mathematical. (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 2014
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%   $22.71 $17.51 * -23

Management

5.0 3.2 * 54.08 47.37 * -12

Business and financial operations

5.1 3.4 * 34.81 28.65 * -18

Computer and mathematical

2.8 1.5 * 40.37 27.85 * -31

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.9 * 39.19 37.67   -4

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.4 * 33.69 26.76 * -21

Community and social service

1.4 1.3   21.79 21.43   -2

Legal

0.8 0.6 * 48.61 48.36   -1

Education, training, and library

6.2 7.5 * 25.10 22.37 * -11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.8 * 26.82 20.25 * -24

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.8 5.3 * 36.54 32.86 * -10

Healthcare support

2.9 3.1   13.86 11.96 * -14

Protective service

2.4 3.7 * 21.14 21.55   2

Food preparation and serving related

9.1 10.4 * 10.57 9.21 * -13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.2   12.68 9.95 * -22

Personal care and service

3.1 4.4 * 12.01 8.88 * -26

Sales and related

10.5 11.4 * 18.59 14.15 * -24

Office and administrative support

16.0 18.3 * 17.08 13.77 * -19

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 12.09 9.48 * -22

Construction and extraction

3.9 3.6 * 22.40 15.94 * -29

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0   21.74 16.93 * -22

Production

6.6 5.7 * 17.06 13.54 * -21

Transportation and material moving

6.8 7.1   16.57 13.42 * -19

(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.

Note: * 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 – was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. El Paso had 51,920 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.3 percent of local employment, significantly higher than the 16.0-percent national share. However, the local wage for this occupational group was significantly below the U.S. average. At $13.77 an hour, the mean wage for El Paso office and administrative support workers was about 19 percent below the $17.08 national average.

With employment of 9,990, general office clerks was one of the largest occupations within the office and administrative support group, as were customer service representatives (7,130) and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (5,010). 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 $23.55 and $22.65, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were data entry keyers ($9.94) and receptionists and information clerks ($10.04). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of 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, data entry keyers were employed at 2.8 times the national average in El Paso, and couriers and messengers, at 2.5 times the national rate. On the other hand, billing and posting clerks 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

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. May 2014 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, and November 2011. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 74.3 percent based on establishments and 70.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.1 percent of total national employment. (Response rates are slightly lower for these estimates due to the federal shutdown in October 2013.) The sample in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,491 establishments with a response rate of 60 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 2014 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. 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/current/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, El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2014
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

 

Office and administrative support occupations
51,920 1.1 $13.77 $28,640

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

2,870 1.0 23.55 48,980

Switchboard operators, including answering service

250 1.1 10.38 21,590

Bill and account collectors

530 0.7 16.22 33,740

Billing and posting clerks

1,140 1.1 12.92 26,880

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

2,770 0.8 15.25 31,720

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

550 1.6 16.65 34,630

Procurement clerks

220 1.5 17.59 36,590

Tellers

1,280 1.2 11.05 22,970

Court, municipal, and license clerks

400 1.5 13.39 27,850

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

90 0.9 15.52 32,280

Customer service representatives

7,130 1.4 12.67 26,360

File clerks

340 1.1 10.78 22,430

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

400 0.8 8.62 17,930

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

370 0.9 13.08 27,200

Library assistants, clerical

210 1.0 11.03 22,940

Loan interviewers and clerks

(5) (5) 21.83 45,420

New accounts clerks

130 1.2 12.71 26,440

Order clerks

420 1.1 12.42 25,830

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

410 1.5 15.19 31,590

Receptionists and information clerks

1,220 0.6 10.04 20,870

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

150 0.5 19.27 40,080

Information and record clerks, all other

580 1.6 16.56 34,440

Cargo and freight agents

240 1.5 16.87 35,100

Couriers and messengers

370 2.5 9.28 19,290

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

190 0.9 16.54 34,400

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

390 1.0 14.97 31,130

Postal service clerks

80 0.6 24.87 51,740

Postal service mail carriers

490 0.8 24.27 50,490

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

160 0.6 23.93 49,770

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

590 0.9 18.98 39,480

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

1,960 1.4 11.36 23,620

Stock clerks and order fillers

4,360 1.1 10.13 21,070

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

190 1.3 12.56 26,120

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

790 0.5 22.65 47,120

Legal secretaries

280 0.6 17.84 37,110

Medical secretaries

1,670 1.5 12.07 25,100

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

5,010 1.1 13.05 27,140

Computer operators

220 1.8 13.48 28,040

Data entry keyers

1,230 2.8 9.94 20,670

Word processors and typists

70 0.4 16.92 35,190

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

390 0.7 17.49 36,370

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

290 1.4 13.11 27,270

Office clerks, general

9,990 1.6 12.73 26,480

Office machine operators, except computer

130 0.9 11.58 24,080

Office and administrative support workers, all other

120 0.3 16.80 34,930

(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: Wednesday, April 15, 2015