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May 08, 2014


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Occupational Employment and Wages in Nassau-Suffolk, May 2013

Workers in the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division had an average (mean) hourly wage of $25.63 in May 2013, about 15 percent above the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 18 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, healthcare practitioners and technical, and construction and extraction. No group had an hourly wage significantly lower than its respective national average.

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division, and measures of statistical significance, May 2013
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Nassau-Suffolk United States Nassau-Suffolk Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.33 $25.63* 15


4.9 4.3* 53.15 64.23* 21

Business and financial operations

5.0 4.2* 34.14 37.31* 9

Computer and mathematical

2.8 1.8* 39.43 40.02 1

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.1* 38.51 39.23 2

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.8 33.37 29.91 -10

Community and social services

1.4 1.3* 21.50 26.20* 22


0.8 0.9* 47.89 50.04 4

Education, training, and library

6.3 8.1* 24.76 32.32* 31

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.2 26.72 30.21* 13

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 6.4 35.93 45.10* 26

Healthcare support

3.0 3.4* 13.61 15.68* 15

Protective service

2.5 2.2* 20.92 26.95* 29

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 8.0* 10.38 11.83* 14

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.9* 12.51 15.60* 25

Personal care and service

3.0 4.0* 11.88 13.27* 12

Sales and related

10.6 11.2* 18.37 21.65* 18

Office and administrative support

16.2 19.8* 16.78 18.83* 12

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.70 14.25* 22

Construction and extraction

3.8 4.3* 21.94 29.81* 36

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.4* 21.35 24.96* 17


6.6 4.4* 16.79 17.38* 4

Transportation and material moving

6.8 5.3* 16.28 18.56* 14

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Nassau is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; education, training, and library; and personal care and service. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, transportation and material moving, and food preparation and serving related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

One occupational group—education, training, and library—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Nassau-Suffolk had 99,910 jobs in education, training, and library, accounting for 8.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.3-percent share nationally. The average annual wage for this occupational group locally was $67,230, measurably above the national wage of $51,500.

With employment of 21,060, teacher assistants was among the largest occupation within the education, training, and library group. Other large jobs included secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education (12,030) and elementary school teachers, except special education (11,950). Among the higher paying jobs were postsecondary health specialties and physics teachers, with mean annual wages of $134,810 and $100,360, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were teacher assistants ($28,340) and library technicians ($31,750). (Detailed occupational data for education, training, and library are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the education, training, and library group. For instance, special education teachers, preschool were employed at 4.5 times the national rate in Nassau, and self-enrichment education teachers, at 2.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, instructional coordinators had a location quotient of 1.0 in Nassau-Suffolk, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the New York State Department of Labor.


OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE: A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year for a 3-year period. May 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. The sample in the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division included 6,399 establishments with a response rate of 75 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from and, respectively.

The May 2013 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at

Area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y. Metropolitan Division includes Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request – Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division, May 2013
Occupation(1) Employment Mean
Level(2) Location

Education, training, and library occupations

99,910 1.3 $67,230

Business teachers, postsecondary

680 0.9 78,630

Computer science teachers, postsecondary

300 0.9 73,820

Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

430 0.9 80,460

Engineering teachers, postsecondary

690 2.1 96,930

Biological science teachers, postsecondary

280 0.6 76,810

Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

50 0.6 81,460

Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

300 1.5 81,020

Physics teachers, postsecondary

160 1.2 100,360

Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary

70 1.2 70,100

Economics teachers, postsecondary

110 0.9 86,460

Political science teachers, postsecondary

90 0.5 68,920

Psychology teachers, postsecondary

360 1 75,380

Sociology teachers, postsecondary

110 0.7 71,280

Social sciences teachers, postsecondary, all other

(4) (4) 63,010

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

970 0.6 134,810

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

340 0.7 82,680

Education teachers, postsecondary

680 1.2 68,180

Library science teachers, postsecondary

100 2.4 88,340

Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

130 1 72,090

Law teachers, postsecondary

180 1.3 (4)

Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

600 0.7 66,550

Communications teachers, postsecondary

270 1 76,310

English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

600 0.9 71,600

Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

220 0.8 66,320

History teachers, postsecondary

170 0.8 70,820

Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary

180 0.8 68,390

Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

200 1.1 67,430

Vocational education teachers, postsecondary

530 0.5 52,050

Postsecondary teachers, all other

(4) (4) 104,530

Preschool teachers, except special education

4,080 1.2 32,760

Kindergarten teachers, except special education

1,310 0.9 94,730

Elementary school teachers, except special education

11,950 1 96,860

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

6,830 1.2 97,920

Career/technical education teachers, middle school

330 2 95,030

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

12,030 1.4 96,250

Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

620 0.8 91,390

Special education teachers, preschool

1,010 4.5 61,840

Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

3,230 1.8 89,930

Special education teachers, middle school

1,440 1.6 97,290

Special education teachers, secondary school

2,900 2.3 96,650

Special education teachers, all other

80 0.2 72,760

Adult basic and secondary education and literacy teachers and instructors

1,030 1.6 74,380

Self-enrichment education teachers

4,270 2.5 42,170

Substitute teachers

9,350 1.6 37,460

Teachers and instructors, all other, except substitute teachers

1,570 0.6 58,280


50 0.5 40,920


2,530 2 73,490

Library technicians

1,390 1.6 31,750

Audio-visual and multimedia collections specialists

130 1.5 51,630

Instructional coordinators

1,290 1 77,510

Teacher assistants

21,060 1.9 28,340

Education, training, and library workers, all other

(4) (4) 55,670

(1)  For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Nassau-Suffolk, see
(2)  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.
(3)  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.
(4)  Estimate not released.


Last Modified Date: Thursday, May 08, 2014