Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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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)
3,340 4.9 % $28.00 $58,240 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.99 $16.79 $25.23 $37.19 $47.08
Annual Wage (2) $27,020 $34,920 $52,480 $77,360 $97,930


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 870 0.02 $17.99 $37,430
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $42.53 $88,470
State Government (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $25.24 $52,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 370 0.06 $25.49 $53,020
Other Personal Services 210 0.08 $23.20 $48,250

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 Personal Services 210 0.08 $23.20 $48,250
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.08 $26.79 $55,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 370 0.06 $25.49 $53,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $42.53 $88,470
Local Government (OES Designation) 870 0.02 $17.99 $37,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $42.53 $88,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 210 0.02 $36.49 $75,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 (7) $27.50 $57,190
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.08 $26.79 $55,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $26.22 $54,540


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 470 0.06 2.15 $16.37 $34,050
California 320 0.02 0.87 $35.77 $74,390
Texas 180 0.02 0.65 $32.19 $66,960
Pennsylvania 160 0.03 1.13 $24.76 $51,490
Maryland 150 0.06 2.39 $30.34 $63,120




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)
Mississippi 80 0.08 3.01 $20.06 $41,730
Utah 80 0.07 2.72 $20.68 $43,020
New York 470 0.06 2.15 $16.37 $34,050
Maryland 150 0.06 2.39 $30.34 $63,120
Hawaii 30 0.06 2.19 $38.95 $81,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 30 0.06 2.19 $38.95 $81,020
Colorado 40 0.02 0.72 $37.71 $78,430
New Mexico 40 0.05 1.85 $36.89 $76,730
California 320 0.02 0.87 $35.77 $74,390
New Jersey 100 0.03 1.07 $34.80 $72,380





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.15 5.96 $41.42 $86,150
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 70 0.09 3.43 $31.83 $66,200
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 60 0.08 3.01 $28.61 $59,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.43 $28.20 $58,650
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.10 3.89 $29.77 $61,920
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 4.09 $14.81 $30,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.48 $23.14 $48,120
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 3.77 $17.99 $37,420
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 1.78 $24.59 $51,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.91 $29.91 $62,220




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.16 6.30 $35.67 $74,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.15 5.96 $41.42 $86,150
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.11 4.34 $30.72 $63,900
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 4.09 $14.81 $30,790
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.10 3.89 $29.77 $61,920
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 3.77 $17.99 $37,420
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 70 0.09 3.43 $31.83 $66,200
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 60 0.08 3.01 $28.61 $59,520
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 30 0.06 2.33 $15.24 $31,700
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 1.78 $24.59 $51,140




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 360 0.15 5.96 $41.42 $86,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.97 $78,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.78 $78,570
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.16 6.30 $35.67 $74,200
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.21 $35.31 $73,440
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 70 0.09 3.43 $31.83 $66,200
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.11 4.34 $30.72 $63,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.91 $29.91 $62,220
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.10 3.89 $29.77 $61,920
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $29.59 $61,540

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.39 15.40 $14.78 $30,740
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 12.34 $14.30 $29,740
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 12.54 $14.67 $30,520

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.39 15.40 $14.78 $30,740
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 12.54 $14.67 $30,520
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 12.34 $14.30 $29,740

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.39 15.40 $14.78 $30,740
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 12.54 $14.67 $30,520
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 12.34 $14.30 $29,740


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013