OCCUPATIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES IN BAKERSFIELD-DELANO
Workers in the Bakersfield-Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.23 in May 2012, about 4 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 8 of the 22 major occupational groups, including protective service; architecture and engineering; and life, physical, and social science. Seven groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including management; arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media; and sales and related.
When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including construction and extraction; installation, maintenance, and repair; and protective service. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including office and administrative support, production, and sales and related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)
|Major occupational group||Percent of total employment||Mean hourly wage|
|United States||Bakersfield||United States||Bakersfield||Percent difference (1)|
Total, all occupations
Business and financial operations
Computer and mathematical
Architecture and engineering
Life, physical, and social science
Community and social services
Education, training, and library
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media
Healthcare practitioner and technical
Food preparation and serving related
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance
Personal care and service
Sales and related
Office and administrative support
Farming, fishing, and forestry
Construction and extraction
Installation, maintenance, and repair
Transportation and material moving
One occupational groupconstruction and extractionwas chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Bakersfield-Delano had 17,890 jobs in construction and extraction, accounting for 6.5 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 3.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $22.93, measurably above the national wage of $21.61.
With employment of 2,640, construction laborers was the largest occupation within the construction and extraction group, followed by oil and gas roustabouts (2,010) and operating engineers and other construction equipment operators (1,870). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers, and construction and building inspectors, with mean hourly wages of $34.38 and $33.61, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners ($13.06) and helpers of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters ($14.52). (Detailed occupational data for construction and extraction are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/oes_12540.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 Bakersfield-Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the construction and extraction group. For instance, oil and gas derrick operators were employed at 20.7 times the national rate in Bakersfield, and oil and gas roustabouts, at 16.1 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, electricians had a location quotient of 1.1 in Bakersfield, indicating that this particular occupations 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 California Employment Development Department.
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 Bakersfield 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.
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 Bakersfield-Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,384 establishments with a response rate of 76 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.
The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
The Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Kern County.
OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro9/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.
|Occupation (1)||Employment||Mean wages|
|Level (2)||Location quotient (3)||Hourly||Annual(4)|
Construction and Extraction Occupations
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Tile and Marble Setters
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Plasterers and Stucco Masons
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
Sheet Metal Workers
Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other
Construction and Building Inspectors
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Highway Maintenance Workers
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
Extraction Workers, All Other
Last Modified Date: May 3, 2013