Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,106,980 0.5 % $32.42 $67,430 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.12 $22.47 $29.01 $38.21 $50.22
Annual Wage (2) $37,690 $46,740 $60,340 $79,470 $104,450


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 289,970 $35.54 $73,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 74,030 $31.89 $66,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 41,740 $27.64 $57,490
State Government (OES Designation) 36,310 $25.98 $54,040
Insurance Carriers 25,210 $31.50 $65,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 22,680 $42.40 $88,190
Tobacco Manufacturing 90 $39.21 $81,560
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 10,160 $38.84 $80,780
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 670 $38.76 $80,620
Postal Service 680 $38.27 $79,600


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 10,790 $38.46 $79,990 16.935
Colorado 29,110 $33.13 $68,910 13.029
Delaware 4,870 $33.15 $68,950 11.810
New York 99,200 $40.52 $84,280 11.688
Massachusetts 33,360 $35.23 $73,290 10.528

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New York 99,200 $40.52 $84,280 11.688
District of Columbia 10,790 $38.46 $79,990 16.935
New Jersey 36,510 $38.14 $79,330 9.482
Maryland 22,700 $36.65 $76,220 9.066
Massachusetts 33,360 $35.23 $73,290 10.528


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Tallahassee, FL 3,180 $24.47 $50,890 19.720
Denver-Aurora, CO 19,490 $33.69 $70,060 15.990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 6,130 $37.39 $77,770 14.670
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 13,820 $39.25 $81,640 14.063
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 69,100 $42.28 $87,940 13.648

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 69,100 $42.28 $87,940 13.648
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 13,210 $41.40 $86,120 10.778
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,710 $41.18 $85,660 10.922
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 7,220 $40.09 $83,390 12.940
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 390 $40.04 $83,280 5.180


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010