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)
61,130 4.4 % $17.34 $36,060 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.50 $10.47 $14.45 $21.82 $30.90
Annual Wage (2) $17,680 $21,780 $30,060 $45,390 $64,270


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 59,660 $17.18 $35,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 330 $18.63 $38,750
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 $24.76 $51,500
Other Financial Investment Activities 180 $26.01 $54,110
Insurance Carriers 140 $29.85 $62,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Insurance Carriers 140 $29.85 $62,090
Legal Services (8) $27.88 $58,000
Other Financial Investment Activities 180 $26.01 $54,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 $24.76 $51,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 330 $18.63 $38,750


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
Rhode Island 480 $16.69 $34,720 1.055
Michigan 3,360 $13.70 $28,490 0.864
Georgia 3,020 $18.80 $39,100 0.777
Idaho 470 $17.14 $35,650 0.771
Mississippi 740 $12.65 $26,320 0.670

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 1,890 $29.06 $60,440 0.596
Alaska 120 $27.49 $57,170 0.381
California (8) $23.86 $49,620 (8)
Hawaii 230 $23.73 $49,350 0.392
New Jersey 1,260 $23.29 $48,450 0.328


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
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,680 $11.87 $24,690 2.383
Wichita Falls, TX 110 $13.07 $27,180 1.893
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 220 $10.41 $21,650 1.428
Cleveland, TN 50 $12.35 $25,680 1.343
Prescott, AZ 70 $21.43 $44,580 1.266

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,420 $31.15 $64,800 0.841
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 310 $29.55 $61,470 0.309
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 $26.73 $55,600 0.464
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 360 $26.73 $55,600 0.370
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 250 $26.15 $54,380 0.251


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.

(8) Estimate not released.


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