Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.


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)
37,950 2.5 % $18.79 $39,080 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.31 $13.00 $17.51 $23.76 $29.42
Annual Wage (2) $21,450 $27,040 $36,410 $49,430 $61,200


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) 15,900 0.29 $17.44 $36,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 7,590 1.96 $22.73 $47,270
Natural Gas Distribution 5,410 4.96 $21.73 $45,190
Other Support Services 4,530 1.56 $14.59 $30,350
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,520 5.27 $17.26 $35,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,520 5.27 $17.26 $35,900
Natural Gas Distribution 5,410 4.96 $21.73 $45,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 7,590 1.96 $22.73 $47,270
Other Support Services 4,530 1.56 $14.59 $30,350
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.35 $17.64 $36,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 7,590 1.96 $22.73 $47,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 250 0.01 $22.39 $46,560
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $21.86 $45,470
Natural Gas Distribution 5,410 4.96 $21.73 $45,190
Utility System Construction 420 0.09 $20.37 $42,380


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 4,080 0.28 0.97 $23.97 $49,850
Texas 3,280 0.30 1.05 $13.82 $28,750
New York 2,170 0.25 0.88 $24.62 $51,210
Georgia 2,120 0.55 1.91 $15.61 $32,460
Florida 1,730 0.23 0.81 $15.64 $32,530




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)
West Virginia 620 0.87 3.03 $13.59 $28,260
Mississippi 830 0.77 2.68 $13.35 $27,770
Oklahoma 910 0.59 2.05 $16.08 $33,440
Georgia 2,120 0.55 1.91 $15.61 $32,460
Kentucky 970 0.54 1.90 $15.03 $31,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 690 0.21 0.74 $28.37 $59,010
Connecticut 160 0.10 0.34 $28.07 $58,390
New York 2,170 0.25 0.88 $24.62 $51,210
New Hampshire 140 0.23 0.79 $24.31 $50,560
Alaska 70 0.23 0.81 $24.20 $50,330





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 1,300 0.25 0.87 $26.13 $54,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,300 0.56 1.97 $15.71 $32,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.24 0.83 $22.56 $46,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 660 0.18 0.62 $23.58 $49,040
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 540 0.25 0.88 $14.24 $29,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 500 0.41 1.44 $22.05 $45,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 460 0.17 0.58 $13.45 $27,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.35 1.23 $23.38 $48,630
Pittsburgh, PA 440 0.39 1.35 $22.29 $46,370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 420 0.24 0.85 $30.91 $64,290




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)
Morristown, TN 80 1.86 6.49 $13.74 $28,580
Anderson, IN 70 1.74 6.07 $14.26 $29,660
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 150 1.48 5.18 $13.41 $27,880
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 40 1.00 3.50 $14.17 $29,470
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 110 0.96 3.34 $17.83 $37,090
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 0.93 3.25 $19.79 $41,150
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 300 0.89 3.11 $14.67 $30,510
Jacksonville, NC 40 0.86 3.02 $16.90 $35,150
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 140 0.81 2.84 $12.59 $26,190
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 0.81 2.82 $16.78 $34,890




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)
Salinas, CA 80 0.52 1.82 $31.57 $65,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.17 0.59 $31.50 $65,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 420 0.24 0.85 $30.91 $64,290
New Haven, CT 50 0.18 0.62 $28.19 $58,630
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.20 0.71 $28.08 $58,400
Erie, PA 70 0.59 2.06 $26.57 $55,260
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 70 0.24 0.85 $26.54 $55,210
Manchester, NH (8) (8) (8) $26.49 $55,090
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.25 0.87