Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
34,970 1.8 % $19.66 $40,900 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.62 $13.46 $18.51 $24.70 $30.73
Annual Wage (2) $22,080 $28,000 $38,510 $51,380 $63,910


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) 15,600 0.29 $18.29 $38,040
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,480 1.65 $24.33 $50,620
Natural Gas Distribution 4,470 3.96 $22.83 $47,480
Other Support Services 4,110 1.39 $16.29 $33,880
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,470 5.09 $17.06 $35,480

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 2,470 5.09 $17.06 $35,480
Natural Gas Distribution 4,470 3.96 $22.83 $47,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,480 1.65 $24.33 $50,620
Other Support Services 4,110 1.39 $16.29 $33,880
Local Government (OES Designation) 15,600 0.29 $18.29 $38,040

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 6,480 1.65 $24.33 $50,620
Utility System Construction 370 0.08 $23.03 $47,900
Natural Gas Distribution 4,470 3.96 $22.83 $47,480
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $21.27 $44,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 330 0.01 $20.21 $42,030


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 4,030 0.26 1.02 $24.80 $51,590
Texas 2,820 0.24 0.96 $15.94 $33,150
New York 1,870 0.21 0.82 $26.29 $54,690
Georgia 1,730 0.42 1.66 $16.87 $35,090
Florida 1,510 0.19 0.75 $15.06 $31,320



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 410 0.58 2.30 $17.07 $35,500
Louisiana 1,080 0.55 2.19 $13.58 $28,250
New Mexico 420 0.53 2.09 $17.01 $35,390
Arkansas 630 0.53 2.10 $14.59 $30,350
Oklahoma 830 0.52 2.04 $14.72 $30,610



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 30 0.09 0.37 $30.39 $63,210
Massachusetts 670 0.20 0.78 $28.68 $59,650
Connecticut 220 0.13 0.53 $28.13 $58,510
Nevada 140 0.11 0.44 $26.64 $55,400
New York 1,870 0.21 0.82 $26.29 $54,690




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.22 0.87 $26.15 $54,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 910 0.22 0.87 $24.73 $51,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 870 0.35 1.38 $18.08 $37,610
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.18 0.70 $23.14 $48,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 540 0.23 0.92 $15.87 $33,000
Pittsburgh, PA 500 0.44 1.74 $24.04 $50,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 400 0.31 1.20 $22.02 $45,810
Columbus, OH 300 0.30 1.16 $18.64 $38,780
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 290 0.15 0.60 $24.43 $50,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.10 0.38 $16.07 $33,430



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)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 150 1.39 5.49 $21.45 $44,610
Ann Arbor, MI 250 1.20 4.74 $11.75 $24,430
Bowling Green, KY 80 1.16 4.58 $14.23 $29,600
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 170 1.03 4.06 $13.74 $28,580
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 40 0.92 3.63 $11.84 $24,620
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 110 0.73 2.87 $15.14 $31,490
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 90 0.72 2.82 $17.74 $36,900
Dothan, AL 40 0.72 2.82 $14.78 $30,730
Jacksonville, NC 30 0.71 2.79 $17.75 $36,930
Fort Smith, AR-OK 70 0.68 2.69 $13.89 $28,880