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)
50,320 3.0 % $25.68 $53,410 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.33 $15.69 $21.84 $30.94 $44.13
Annual Wage (2) $23,570 $32,630 $45,430 $64,360 $91,800


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 16,770 2.76 $29.41 $61,170
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,400 0.13 $19.98 $41,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,110 0.08 $22.09 $45,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,640 0.09 $28.16 $58,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,490 0.05 $23.71 $49,320

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 16,770 2.76 $29.41 $61,170
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 380 0.27 $16.19 $33,670
Junior Colleges 2,040 0.27 $26.20 $54,500
Social Advocacy Organizations 420 0.22 $20.80 $43,260
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 210 0.15 $12.79 $26,610

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 (8) (8) $52.85 $109,930
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 790 0.05 $50.03 $104,070
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $35.72 $74,290
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 30 0.01 $30.00 $62,390
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 16,770 2.76 $29.41 $61,170


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 7,860 0.55 1.42 $24.68 $51,340
Virginia 4,000 1.11 2.88 $43.70 $90,900
Texas 3,860 0.36 0.94 $22.21 $46,190
New York 3,590 0.42 1.09 $27.28 $56,750
Florida 1,930 0.27 0.69 $19.60 $40,770




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)
Virginia 4,000 1.11 2.88 $43.70 $90,900
Oregon 1,030 0.64 1.66 $22.77 $47,350
District of Columbia 400 0.61 1.59 $24.97 $51,950
Arizona 1,470 0.61 1.57 $17.25 $35,880
South Dakota 230 0.58 1.51 $18.51 $38,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 4,000 1.11 2.88 $43.70 $90,900
Maine 150 0.25 0.65 $29.98 $62,350
Maryland 870 0.35 0.90 $29.81 $62,010
New Jersey 590 0.16 0.40 $28.56 $59,400
Colorado 1,200 0.54 1.40 $27.63 $57,480





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 3,680 1.57 4.06 $44.42 $92,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,510 0.49 1.26 $30.26 $62,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.56 1.45 $30.09 $62,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.33 0.86 $19.44 $40,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,210 0.71 1.83 $30.53 $63,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 990 0.47 1.22 $17.07 $35,520
Columbus, OH 950 1.04 2.68 $27.18 $56,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 930 0.41 1.07 $19.16 $39,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 810 0.31 0.79 $25.42 $52,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.45 1.17 $20.37 $42,370




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)
Salinas, CA 750 4.80 12.44 $18.16 $37,780
Fargo, ND-MN 260 2.05 5.30 $13.03 $27,100
Tucson, AZ 690 1.97 5.09 $15.25 $31,730
Columbia, MO 160 1.82 4.72 $23.95 $49,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,680 1.57 4.06 $44.42 $92,390
Colorado Springs, CO 370 1.52 3.93 $29.27 $60,890
Yuba City, CA 50 1.27 3.30 $22.82 $47,460
Sioux Falls, SD 170 1.25 3.24 $18.90 $39,310
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 70 1.09 2.82 $33.35 $69,380
Manhattan, KS 50 1.07 2.76 $11.94 $24,830




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 3,680 1.57 4.06 $44.42 $92,390
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 440 0.79 2.05 $35.42 $73,680
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 60 0.28 0.72 $33.85 $70,410
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 70 1.09 2.82 $33.35 $69,380
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 110 0.56 1.46 $31.40 $65,310
Akron, OH 70 0.21 0.54 $30.93 $64,340
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.85 $64,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,210 0.71 1.83 $30.53 $63,510
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.24 0.61 $30.34 $63,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,510 0.49 1.26 $30.26 $62,940

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 150 0.38 0.98 $13.69 $28,480
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 0.80 $15.95 $33,170
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 2.29 $24.24 $50,410
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 1.39 $26.05 $54,190
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 0.95 $24.26 $50,460

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 2.29 $24.24 $50,410
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 2.05 $26.56 $55,240
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 1.94 $19.23 $40,010
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.45 $20.47 $42,570
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 1.39 $26.05 $54,190

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.10 $58,440
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 2.05 $26.56 $55,240
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 1.39 $26.05 $54,190
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.00 $52,000
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 0.95 $24.26 $50,460


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.

(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