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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


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Occupational Employment and Wages in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers
May 2012

Workers in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.08 in May 2012, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, 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 17 of the 22 major occupational groups, including architecture and engineering; life, physical, and social science; and construction and extraction.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including transportation and material moving, production, and business and financial operations. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including healthcare practitioners and technical, protective service, and office and administrative support. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Fayetteville-
United States Fayetteville-

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $20.08 * -9


4.9 5.6 * 52.20 52.80 1

Business and financial operations

4.9 5.9 * 33.44 31.71 * -5

Computer and mathematical

2.7 3.3 * 38.55 33.76 * -12

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.1 * 37.98 28.24 * -26

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.6 * 32.87 24.46 * -26

Community and social service

1.4 0.8 * 21.27 19.69 * -7


0.8 0.6 * 47.39 38.31 * -19

Education, training, and library

6.4 6.1 * 24.62 23.59 -4

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.8 * 26.20 20.58 * -21

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 4.5 * 35.35 33.49 -5

Healthcare support

3.0 2.2 * 13.36 12.07 * -10

Protective service

2.5 1.2 * 20.70 16.93 * -18

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 8.6 * 10.28 9.16 * -11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.1 12.34 10.54 * -15

Personal care and service

2.9 2.6 * 11.80 10.09 * -14

Sales and related

10.6 11.2 18.26 18.23 -0

Office and administrative support

16.4 15.1 * 16.54 14.93 * -10

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.4 11.65 13.75 * 18

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.4 * 21.61 16.49 * -24

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.8 21.09 18.23 * -14


6.6 8.9 * 16.59 13.93 * -16

Transportation and material moving

6.7 10.1 * 16.15 14.38 * -11

* 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 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.

One occupational group–transportation and material moving–was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers had 20,540 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 10.1 percent of area employment, significantly higher than the
6.7-percent national share. However, the average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $14.38, 11 percent below the national wage of $16.15.

With employment of 8,940, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was the largest occupation within the transportation and material moving group, followed by laborers and freight, stock, and hand material movers (3,910) and industrial truck and tractor operators (1,060). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators ($22.51) and first-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and hand material movers ($21.41). Among
non-supervisory workers, higher paid positions included machine feeders and offbearers, as well as heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with average hourly wages of $16.84 and $16.49, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were taxi drivers and chauffeurs ($8.30) and cleaners of vehicles and equipment ($10.04). (Data for the transportation and material moving group are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations see

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 Fayetteville metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the transportation and material moving group. For instance, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers were employed at 3.7 times the national rate in Fayetteville, and machine feeders and offbearers, at 4.4 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, school or special client bus drivers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Fayetteville, 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 Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

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

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

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers 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 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,211 establishments with a response rate of 84 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

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 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Benton, Madison, and Washington Counties in Arkansas and McDonald County in Missouri.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the
BLS website at 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,
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
Hourly Annual(4)

Transportation and material moving occupations

20,540 1.5 $14.38 $29,920

First-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand

310 1.2 21.41 44,530

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

370 1.2 22.51 46,820

Commercial pilots

30 0.6 (4) 78,980

Bus drivers, school or special client

790 1.0 12.78 26,570

Driver/sales workers

480 0.8 14.33 29,800

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

8,940 3.7 16.49 34,290

Light truck or delivery services drivers

1,010 0.8 14.68 30,530

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

280 1.1 8.30 17,270

Motor vehicle operators, all other

(5) (5) 14.65 30,470

Parking lot attendants

90 0.5 9.08 18,890

Automotive and watercraft service attendants

270 1.6 10.62 22,090

Conveyor operators and tenders

230 3.7 14.74 30,660

Industrial truck and tractor operators

1,060 1.4 12.71 26,450

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

830 1.8 10.04 20,880

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

3,910 1.2 10.94 22,750

Machine feeders and offbearers

720 4.4 16.84 35,040

Packers and packagers, hand

(5) (5) 9.99 20,780

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

200 1.1 13.44 27,950

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA, see
(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 available.

Last Modified Date: May 21, 2013