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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Kansas City, May 2012


Workers in the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.97 in May 2012, similar to 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 higher than their respective national averages in 3 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction. Ten groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media; architecture and engineering; and management.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support, business and financial operations, and computer and mathematical. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; production; and construction and extraction. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $21.97 0

Management

4.9 5.3* 52.20 48.79* -7

Business and financial operations

4.9 6.0* 33.44 31.89* -5

Computer and mathematical

2.7 3.7* 38.55 36.27* -6

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.7 37.98 34.36* -10

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.7* 32.87 30.18* -8

Community and social services

1.4 1.1* 21.27 19.51* -8

Legal

0.8 0.8 47.39 44.71 -6

Education, training, and library

6.4 5.4* 24.62 21.72* -12

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.4 26.20 22.24* -15

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 6.2 35.35 36.45 3

Healthcare support

3.0 2.6* 13.36 13.14 -2

Protective service

2.5 2.2* 20.70 19.86 -4

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 8.9 10.28 9.76* -5

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 2.8* 12.34 12.15 -2

Personal care and service

2.9 3.1 11.80 11.07* -6

Sales and related

10.6 10.5 18.26 19.67* 8

Office and administrative support

16.4 17.6* 16.54 16.51 0

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.65 14.29* 23

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.3* 21.61 23.57* 9

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.9 21.09 21.06 0

Production

6.6 5.8* 16.59 17.38 5

Transportation and material moving

6.7 7.0 16.15 16.07 0

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Kansas City 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—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Kansas City had 170,910 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 17.6 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 16.4-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.51, similar to the national wage of $16.54.

With employment of 22,520, customer service representatives was the largest occupation within the office and administrative support group, followed by general office clerks (20,500) and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (15,700). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers and postal service mail carriers, with mean hourly wages of $25.44 and $25.17, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($9.57) and stock clerks and order fillers ($11.89). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/oes_28140.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 Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, insurance claims and policy processing clerks were employed at 2.0 times the national rate in Kansas City, and data entry keyers at 1.7 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, order clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in Kansas City, 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 Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area included 7,427 establishments with a response rate of 75 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 Kansas City, Mo.-Ks. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties of Missouri, and Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties of Kansas.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro7/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.

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

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

170,9101.1$16.51$34,330

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

9,4000.925.4452,920

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

1,3201.413.3627,780

Telephone Operators

300.416.7634,870

Bill and Account Collectors

4,6701.615.3631,940

Billing and Posting Clerks

4,8301.316.0533,380

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

11,8001.017.9237,280

Gaming Cage Workers

1300.913.1727,400

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

1,6201.317.8437,100

Procurement Clerks

4600.918.9539,410

Tellers

3,6500.912.4425,870

Financial Clerks, All Other

3301.116.7834,910

Brokerage Clerks

4000.918.5538,580

Correspondence Clerks

(5)(5)15.4932,220

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

9501.014.3829,910

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

2000.519.0339,590

Customer Service Representatives

22,5201.316.7234,770

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

1,7701.819.7241,020

File Clerks

1,1601.013.9829,080

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

1,2800.89.5719,890

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

1,8801.314.7130,600

Library Assistants, Clerical

4300.612.1825,330

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

1,9701.416.9635,270

New Accounts Clerks

5301.315.3932,010

Order Clerks

1,5601.015.8733,010

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

1,0301.018.2337,920

Receptionists and Information Clerks

6,4000.912.8726,770

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

7800.816.1733,640

Information and Record Clerks, All Other

1,5001.118.0137,450

Cargo and Freight Agents

4600.819.7841,140

Couriers and Messengers

8801.514.5430,240

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

5400.817.3836,140

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

2,3601.717.5236,450

Meter Readers, Utilities

3401.219.5340,630

Postal Service Clerks

5201.024.9251,840

Postal Service Mail Carriers

2,1500.925.1752,350

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

1,4601.523.9649,840

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

1,8200.920.4642,560

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

6,0601.214.5630,270

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

13,3301.011.8924,730

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

5801.116.7934,930

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

5,6200.923.3848,640

Legal Secretaries

1,3900.919.1339,790

Medical Secretaries

4,5301.215.5032,230

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

15,7001.015.6132,470

Computer Operators

5501.020.6843,010

Data Entry Keyers

2,5801.714.0529,220

Word Processors and Typists

4300.615.7332,710

Desktop Publishers

1301.120.3642,340

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

3,4102.017.5636,520

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

1,1901.612.8926,810

Office Clerks, General

20,5001.014.6330,430

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

6501.314.4129,980

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

1001.114.6630,480

Statistical Assistants

300.319.4640,480

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

9300.616.5434,400

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Kansas City, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_28140.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: July 17, 2013