Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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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)
3,010 4.4 % $29.38 $61,120 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.42 $17.68 $26.83 $38.85 $48.98
Annual Wage (2) $27,920 $36,760 $55,800 $80,810 $101,880


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) 820 0.02 $19.75 $41,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $43.77 $91,050
State Government (OES Designation) 510 0.02 $25.44 $52,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $28.39 $59,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 150 0.01 $31.10 $64,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 140 0.09 $24.42 $50,800
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $28.39 $59,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $43.77 $91,050
Local Government (OES Designation) 820 0.02 $19.75 $41,080
State Government (OES Designation) 510 0.02 $25.44 $52,910

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) 650 0.03 $43.77 $91,050
Civic and Social Organizations (8) (8) $39.69 $82,550
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 140 0.01 $32.79 $68,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 150 0.01 $31.10 $64,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $28.77 $59,840


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 490 0.05 2.48 $16.52 $34,370
California 340 0.02 1.01 $35.35 $73,530
District of Columbia 230 0.33 15.30 $47.84 $99,500
Virginia 150 0.04 1.85 $34.27 $71,280
New Jersey 130 0.03 1.53 $34.17 $71,070



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 230 0.33 15.30 $47.84 $99,500
Mississippi 120 0.11 4.81 $19.57 $40,710
Idaho 50 0.08 3.53 $27.34 $56,860
Hawaii 40 0.06 2.70 $38.95 $81,020
New York 490 0.05 2.48 $16.52 $34,370



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 230 0.33 15.30 $47.84 $99,500
Maryland 70 0.03 1.25 $40.06 $83,330
Hawaii 40 0.06 2.70 $38.95 $81,020
California 340 0.02 1.01 $35.35 $73,530
Colorado 90 0.03 1.59 $34.92 $72,630




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 320 0.13 6.00 $46.04 $95,770
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 0.69 $29.69 $61,750
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.07 3.18 $31.27 $65,040
Rochester, NY 60 0.12 5.34 $14.35 $29,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 1.95 $35.89 $74,660
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 4.51 $16.88 $35,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40 0.02 0.77 $22.98 $47,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 1.73 $29.31 $60,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.53 $31.07 $64,620
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.13 5.98 $31.36 $65,230



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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 6.00 $46.04 $95,770
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.13 5.98 $31.36 $65,230
Rochester, NY 60 0.12 5.34 $14.35 $29,840
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 4.51 $16.88 $35,110
Urban Honolulu, HI 30 0.07 3.32 $40.35 $83,930
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.07 3.18 $31.27 $65,040
Richmond, VA 40 0.06 2.79 $22.52 $46,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 1.73 $29.31 $60,960
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 1.95 $35.89 $74,660
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.96 $26.35 $54,810



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 320 0.13 6.00 $46.04 $95,770
Urban Honolulu, HI 30 0.07 3.32 $40.35 $83,930
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.77 $76,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 1.95 $35.89 $74,660
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.13 5.98 $31.36 $65,230
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.07 3.18 $31.27 $65,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.53 $31.07 $64,620
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 0.69 $29.69 $61,750
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 1.73 $29.31 $60,960
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.96 $26.35 $54,810

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 17.63 $13.72 $28,540
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 11.61 $14.05 $29,230
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 13.14 $13.99 $29,090

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 17.63 $13.72 $28,540
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 13.14 $13.99 $29,090
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 11.61 $14.05 $29,230

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 50 0.25 11.61 $14.05 $29,230
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 13.14 $13.99 $29,090
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 17.63 $13.72 $28,540


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016