Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
45,130 2.2 % $21.05 $43,780 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.60 $12.27 $16.60 $24.74 $36.17
Annual Wage (2) $19,970 $25,520 $34,530 $51,450 $75,230


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 30,770 6.10 $18.47 $38,420
Radio and Television Broadcasting 10,670 5.01 $25.77 $53,590
Other Information Services 2,360 1.72 $29.83 $62,050
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 390 0.49 $28.75 $59,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 240 0.01 $23.04 $47,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 30,770 6.10 $18.47 $38,420
Radio and Television Broadcasting 10,670 5.01 $25.77 $53,590
Other Information Services 2,360 1.72 $29.83 $62,050
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 390 0.49 $28.75 $59,800
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 40 0.09 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 2,360 1.72 $29.83 $62,050
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 390 0.49 $28.75 $59,800
Radio and Television Broadcasting 10,670 5.01 $25.77 $53,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 240 0.01 $23.04 $47,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 100 (7) $22.15 $46,070


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,120 0.49 1.39 $28.73 $59,750
California 3,870 0.28 0.78 $22.76 $47,340
Texas 2,600 0.26 0.73 $17.25 $35,880
Illinois 2,190 0.40 1.12 $22.40 $46,590
Ohio 2,180 0.44 1.25 $16.27 $33,840




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,860 2.91 8.20 $33.45 $69,570
Wyoming 210 0.79 2.23 $14.53 $30,210
South Dakota 290 0.74 2.10 $12.74 $26,510
Nebraska 620 0.68 1.92 $13.05 $27,140
Montana 280 0.66 1.86 $13.99 $29,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,860 2.91 8.20 $33.45 $69,570
New Jersey 870 0.23 0.65 $29.75 $61,890
Massachusetts 1,250 0.40 1.13 $29.13 $60,590
New York 4,120 0.49 1.39 $28.73 $59,750
Georgia 760 0.20 0.58 $26.13 $54,350

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,120 0.63 1.76 $30.46 $63,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,350 1.03 2.89 $30.36 $63,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.34 0.97 $24.00 $49,910
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.32 0.89 $28.26 $58,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 720 0.43 1.21 $19.99 $41,580
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 650 0.39 1.10 $33.72 $70,150
Columbus, OH 590 0.67 1.88 $16.57 $34,460
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.61 1.73 $26.13 $54,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 520 0.21 0.59 $17.58 $36,560
Denver-Aurora, CO 510 0.43 1.22 $32.19 $66,950




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jefferson City, MO 80 1.13 3.19 $18.27 $38,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,350 1.03 2.89 $30.36 $63,140
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 70 1.02 2.86 $14.31 $29,770
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 0.97 2.73 $11.84 $24,630
Rapid City, SD 60 0.96 2.70 $12.83 $26,690
Peoria, IL 130 0.77 2.16 $16.09 $33,470
St. Joseph, MO-KS 40 0.74 2.08 $13.25 $27,560
Cheyenne, WY 30 0.73 2.07 $16.10 $33,480
Lincoln, NE 110 0.72 2.03 $13.06 $27,170
Joplin, MO 50 0.71 2.00 $10.95 $22,780





Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 0.72 $42.45 $88,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 360 0.16 0.46 $39.43 $82,010
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 650 0.39 1.10 $33.72 $70,150
Denver-Aurora, CO 510 0.43 1.22 $32.19 $66,950
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 380 0.31 0.88 $30.89 $64,240
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 170 0.32 0.89 $30.65 $63,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,120 0.63 1.76 $30.46 $63,360
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.16 0.45 $30.42 $63,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,350 1.03 2.89 $30.36 $63,140
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 350 0.37 1.03 $28.94 $60,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.48 1.34 $13.36 $27,790
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 0.64 1.79 $15.28 $31,790
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 3.10 $12.06 $25,080
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 0.82 2.30 $14.09 $29,310
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.56 1.58 $14.53 $30,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 2.34 6.59 $10.30 $21,420
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.91 5.39 $10.95 $22,780
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.18 3.32 $16.81 $34,960
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 3.10 $12.06 $25,080
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.04 2.94 $18.69 $38,860

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.84 2.37 $21.63 $45,000
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.68 $21.20 $44,110
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.33 $19.16 $39,860
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.04 2.94 $18.69 $38,860
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.61 1.71 $18.65 $38,780


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011