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Occupational Employment and Wages in Greensboro-High Point – May 2014

Workers in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.12 in May 2014, about 11 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 2 of the 22 major occupational groups. Eighteen groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including construction and extraction; education, training, and library; and computer and mathematical.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including production; transportation and material moving; and office and administrative support. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including computer and mathematical; business and financial operations; and personal care and service. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2014
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Greensboro United States Greensboro Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.71 $20.12* -11

Management

5.0 4.3* 54.08 55.74* 3

Business and financial operations

5.1 4.2* 34.81 31.58* -9

Computer and mathematical

2.8 1.9* 40.37 34.81* -14

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.4* 39.19 34.68* -12

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.7* 33.69 29.12* -14

Community and social services

1.4 0.9* 21.79 19.78* -9

Legal

0.8 0.5* 48.61 39.23* -19

Education, training, and library

6.2 5.6* 25.10 21.27* -15

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.0* 26.82 22.05* -18

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 5.3 36.54 35.72 -2

Healthcare support

2.9 3.2* 13.86 11.56* -17

Protective service

2.4 2.3 21.14 17.51* -17

Food preparation and serving related

9.1 8.4* 10.57 9.55* -10

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.1 12.68 10.62* -16

Personal care and service

3.1 2.3* 12.01 11.16* -7

Sales and related

10.5 10.3 18.59 18.90 2

Office and administrative support

16.0 16.7* 17.08 16.03* -6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 (2)* 12.09 14.98* 24

Construction and extraction

3.9 3.2* 22.40 16.80* -25

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.5* 21.74 21.29* -2

Production

6.6 11.2* 17.06 15.72* -8

Transportation and material moving

6.8 8.9* 16.57 14.64* -12

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Greensboro is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
(2) Indicates a value of less than 0.05 percent
* 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.
 

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Greensboro-High Point had 39,160 jobs in production, accounting for 11.2 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.72, significantly below the national wage of $17.06.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the production group included team assemblers (5,100), inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (2,840), and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (2,560). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers and semiconductor processors, with mean hourly wages of $26.43 and $19.19, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pressers, textile, garment, and related materials ($10.03) and bakers ($11.02). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2014/may/oes_24660.htm.)

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 Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, upholsterers were employed at 16.0 times the national rate in Greensboro, and textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders, at 14.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Greensboro, 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 North Carolina Department of Commerce.

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. May 2014 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, and November 2011. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 74.3 percent based on establishments and 70.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.1 percent of total national employment. (Response rates are slightly lower for these estimates due to the federal shutdown in October 2013.) The sample in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,013 establishments with a response rate of 87 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

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 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm, respectively.

The May 2014 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 www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

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 Greensboro-High Point, N.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southeast. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2014/may/methods_statement.pdf.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2014
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Production Occupations

39,160 1.7 $15.72 $32,700

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

2,560 1.7 26.43 54,970

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

350 0.7 15.16 31,530

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

90 0.5 15.86 32,990

Team Assemblers

5,100 1.8 14.06 29,250

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

910 1.5 11.73 24,400

Bakers

190 0.4 11.02 22,920

Butchers and Meat Cutters

220 0.6 14.46 30,080

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

170 3.4 (5) (5)

Food Batchmakers

180 0.6 13.22 27,500

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

410 1.1 19.21 39,950

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

100 1.5 22.20 46,180

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

400 2.1 14.21 29,570

Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

(5) (5) 13.71 28,510

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

790 1.6 14.51 30,180

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

100 2.3 12.82 26,660

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

200 1.1 14.59 30,350

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

70 0.7 17.33 36,050

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

50 0.9 (5) (5)

Machinists

880 0.9 18.02 37,490

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1,250 3.8 14.87 30,930

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

150 0.6 17.16 35,680

Tool and Die Makers

230 1.2 22.92 47,670

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

990 1.0 18.28 38,030

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

110 0.8 18.09 37,620

Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

120 1.3 21.60 44,930

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

50 1.7 14.40 29,960

Prepress Technicians and Workers

110 1.1 19.90 41,380

Printing Press Operators

690 1.6 15.77 32,800

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

330 2.5 12.67 26,350

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

260 0.5 9.42 19,580

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

330 2.6 10.03 20,870

Sewing Machine Operators

2,170 5.9 11.69 24,310

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

410 13.8 12.99 27,030

Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

300 8.2 11.89 24,720

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

660 11.2 12.70 26,430

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

970 14.5 12.97 26,990

Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

180 3.5 12.55 26,100

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

90 6.2 20.81 43,280

Upholsterers

1,230 16.0 16.14 33,560

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other

220 5.2 13.53 28,130

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

430 1.9 14.45 30,060

Furniture Finishers

460 11.5 13.11 27,270

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

320 2.7 12.75 26,530

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

560 3.0 12.19 25,350

Power Plant Operators

70 0.6 33.24 69,150

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

170 0.6 17.79 37,000

Chemical Plant and System Operators

180 1.8 20.98 43,630

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

400 2.4 18.73 38,950

Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

210 2.7 13.02 27,070

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

790 2.5 17.25 35,890

Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

200 4.9 13.86 28,830

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

480 3.0 14.25 29,640

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

320 1.8 17.92 37,270

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

90 1.8 13.25 27,560

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

2,840 2.2 15.02 31,240

Dental Laboratory Technicians

70 0.8 17.09 35,540

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

90 1.2 14.14 29,410

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

2,470 2.5 16.99 35,340

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

290 1.3 14.48 30,120

Painters, Transportation Equipment

210 1.6 19.11 39,750

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

130 3.2 17.12 35,610

Semiconductor Processors

490 8.1 19.19 39,910

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

50 0.7 13.81 28,730

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

180 3.8 12.16 25,300

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

620 2.6 16.05 33,390

Tire Builders

110 2.3 16.42 34,160

Helpers--Production Workers

1,680 1.5 12.51 26,020

Production Workers, All Other

620 1.1 16.51 34,340

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Greensboro-High Point, NC, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24660.htm.
(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) 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 mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not released.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015