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)
44,200 2.5 % $23.94 $49,790 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.03 $15.20 $20.82 $29.39 $41.55
Annual Wage (2) $22,950 $31,610 $43,300 $61,130 $86,410


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 12,860 2.22 $27.57 $57,340
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,770 0.13 $19.09 $39,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,780 0.07 $21.17 $44,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,310 0.04 $21.90 $45,540
Junior Colleges 2,000 0.26 $22.94 $47,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 12,860 2.22 $27.57 $57,340
Junior Colleges 2,000 0.26 $22.94 $47,710
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 280 0.22 $12.81 $26,640
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 290 0.21 $15.79 $32,840
Educational Support Services 250 0.19 $19.71 $41,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,230 0.12 $47.91 $99,650
Other Telecommunications (8) (8) $37.03 $77,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $35.95 $74,780
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $31.29 $65,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $29.33 $61,010


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)
California 7,200 0.51 1.48 $21.06 $43,800
Texas 3,490 0.35 1.00 $20.42 $42,480
New York 2,920 0.35 1.01 $25.78 $53,620
North Carolina 2,300 0.61 1.76 (8) (8)
Massachusetts 1,500 0.48 1.39 $25.37 $52,780




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)
North Carolina 2,300 0.61 1.76 (8) (8)
Colorado 1,220 0.56 1.62 $28.16 $58,570
Utah 640 0.56 1.61 $20.32 $42,260
District of Columbia 350 0.55 1.59 $25.49 $53,020
Nebraska 490 0.54 1.56 $19.24 $40,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $42.23 $87,830
New Jersey 310 0.08 0.23 $31.86 $66,270
Colorado 1,220 0.56 1.62 $28.16 $58,570
Maine 120 0.21 0.61 $26.79 $55,710
Oregon 780 0.50 1.43 $25.92 $53,920

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 1,970 0.40 1.14 $26.28 $54,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.40 1.15 $24.89 $51,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 960 0.58 1.66 $27.79 $57,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 820 0.49 1.40 $23.32 $48,500
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.23 0.66 $23.29 $48,450
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 770 0.94 2.69 $19.84 $41,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 750 0.45 1.28 $22.95 $47,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 740 0.34 0.97 $19.52 $40,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 730 0.36 1.04 $15.06 $31,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 690 0.56 1.61 $23.90 $49,720




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)
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.76 5.07 $10.80 $22,470
Rochester, MN 130 1.28 3.67 $21.79 $45,320
Boulder, CO 180 1.20 3.45 $23.15 $48,150
Colorado Springs, CO 260 1.10 3.16 $30.55 $63,540
Asheville, NC 180 1.09 3.14 $12.31 $25,600
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 590 1.08 3.10 $22.19 $46,150
Yuba City, CA 40 1.04 2.98 $21.86 $45,460
Wenatchee, WA 40 1.00 2.87 $18.37 $38,200
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 770 0.94 2.69 $19.84 $41,260
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 100 0.93 2.67 $16.44 $34,190




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.40 $92,360
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.13 0.37 $35.90 $74,660
Reno-Sparks, NV (8) (8) (8) $33.19 $69,040
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.11 $32.42 $67,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 370 0.31 0.89 $30.66 $63,780
Colorado Springs, CO 260 1.10 3.16 $30.55 $63,540
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.24 0.68 $30.23 $62,870
Denver-Aurora, CO 640 0.54 1.54 $30.04 $62,490
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 100 0.50 1.43 $29.33 $61,010
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 510 0.53 1.52 $28.65 $59,580

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 120 0.33 0.95 $12.15 $25,270
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.69 1.99 $21.93 $45,620
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.27 0.77 $14.28 $29,710
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 0.81 $14.36 $29,860
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 2.80 $18.71 $38,920

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 2.80 $18.71 $38,920
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 2.26 $23.92 $49,750
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.72 2.07 $15.21 $31,640
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.69 1.99 $21.93 $45,620
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 1.43 $21.21 $44,110

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)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 1.00 $24.16 $50,260
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 2.26 $23.92 $49,750
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 0.96 $23.69 $49,280
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 1.29 $23.62 $49,120
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.69 1.99 $21.93 $45,620


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.

(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