The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

OES News Release

Registered nurses is largest occupation with an above-average wage ($69,790) in May 2014


Retail salespersons (4.6 million) and cashiers (3.4 million) were the occupations with the largest employment in May 2014. Of the 10 largest occupations, only registered nurses had an annual mean wage ($69,790) above the U.S. average of $47,230.


OES Data

May 2014 data

All OES Data, 1988-2014


OES Charts

OES Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for 2014. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing location quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the U.S. average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.


OES Maps

OES Mapping Tool

Text: Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation's employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.


OES Publications

Wage Inequality

Measuring wage inequality within and across U.S. metropolitan areas, 2003-13

Rising wage inequality in recent years has brought increased focus on the disparity between the highest wage earners and the lowest wage earners. Less attention, however, has been paid to how wage inequality varies by location or area. By one measure—the ratio of the 90th wage percentile to the 10th wage percentile, sometimes called the “90–10” ratio, inequality increased by 7 percent in the United States between 2003 and 2013. But this increase varied widely by area. The 90–10 ratio increased by over 20 percent in Oakland, CA, and Corvallis, OR, for example, while it declined in several other metropolitan areas in the United States, including three areas in Florida. This article examines how wage inequality varies by metropolitan area and how average wages, occupational composition, geographic location, and the size of the area contribute to the variation in this inequality measure.

All OES publications


OES Databases


Database Name Special
Tables Text Files
Employment and Wages from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey
    Data Finder for OES   Multi Screen Data Search for OES Tables for OES Text Files for OES


  • The Multi-Screen Data Search is a form-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2014 OES data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OES tables page, which contains links to all OES tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS FTP server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.


OES Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us


For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, contact an OES staff member at:

  • Email: Contact us
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001