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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Occupational Employment and Wages for Selected Nursing Occupations in Tennessee's Metropolitan Areas - May 2013

Annual wages for registered nurses, and for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses were significantly below the national average in each of Tennessee’s 10 metropolitan areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Chattanooga was the only metropolitan area in Tennessee where nurse practitioners earned significantly higher wages when compared to the nation. Nationwide, the average (mean) annual wage for registered nurses was $68,910, nurse practitioners averaged $95,070, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earned $42,910. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in Tennessee, please see Technical Note.)

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for selected nursing occupations in the United States, Tennessee, and metropolitan areas in Tennessee, May 2013
Area Registered Nurses Nurse Practitioners Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

United States

$68,910 $95,070 $42,910

Tennessee

56,730* 92,400* 36,260*

Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.

57,280* 100,930* 35,130*

Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky.

56,640* 97,140 38,990*

Cleveland

50,240* 84,620* 36,360*

Jackson

52,030* 101,040 33,000*

Johnson City

55,200* 104,120 34,470*

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

50,570* 91,310* 33,540*

Knoxville

53,690* 89,800* 35,740*

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

59,860* 97,610 39,510*

Morristown

50,320* 80,880* 33,500*

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin

59,110* 86,650* 39,210*

* The mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.


Of the 10 metropolitan areas in Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin had the largest number of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses with a combined employment of 23,910. Memphis registered a combined employment of 15,410, followed by Knoxville (9,370) and Chattanooga (8,210). The remaining areas had employment levels of less than 4,500 for the three occupations. (See table B.)

Table B. Employment for selected nursing occupations in the United States, Tennessee and metropolitan areas in Tennessee, May 2013
Area Registered Nurses Nurse Practitioners Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

United States

2,661,890 113,370 705,200

Tennessee

57,760 4,380 21,190

Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.

6,140 470 1,600

Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky.

1,390 120 760

Cleveland

660 50 560

Jackson

2,010 90 900

Johnson City

2,930 270 1,160

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

2,790 200 940

Knoxville

6,860 580 1,930

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

11,650 850 2,910

Morristown

610 50 440

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin

17,560 1,270 5,080

Wages for registered nurses in metropolitan areas in Tennessee

Memphis ($59,860) and Nashville ($59,110) were among the higher-paying metropolitan areas for registered nurses in the state, although these wages were significantly below the national average of $68,910 for this occupation. Cleveland, Morristown, and Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol were among the lower-paying areas for this occupation.

Wages for nurse practitioners in metropolitan areas in Tennessee

Nurse practitioners in the Chattanooga metropolitan area earned $100,930 per year; it was the only metropolitan area in the state with a mean annual wage significantly above the U.S. average of $95,070 for this occupation. Wages were significantly below the national average for this occupation in 5 of the 10 areas in Tennessee. Morristown ($80,880) and Cleveland ($84,620) were among the lower-paying metropolitan areas. Wages for the remaining four metropolitan areas in the state were not significantly different from the U.S. average for nurse practitioners.

Wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in metropolitan areas in Tennessee

Memphis and Nashville were among the higher-paying metropolitan areas in Tennessee for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses at $39,510 and $39,210, respectively. Jackson, Morristown, and Kingsport recorded wages at the lower end of the wage scale. All 10 metropolitan areas in Tennessee had annual wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses that were significantly below the national average of $42,910.

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

The OES wage data for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the state and metropolitan areas were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wage 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 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 nationwide response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. 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 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 www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

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Metropolitan 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.

Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga. MSA includes Hamilton, Marion, and Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade, and Walker Counties in Georgia.

Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. MSA includes Montgomery and Stewart Counties in Tennessee and Christian and Trigg Counties in Kentucky.

Cleveland, Tenn. MSA includes Bradley and Polk Counties in Tennessee.

Jackson, Tenn. MSA includes Chester and Madison Counties in Tennessee.

Johnson City, Tenn. MSA includes Carter, Unicoi, and Washington Counties in Tennessee.

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. MSA includes Hawkins and Sullivan Counties in Tennessee, Scott and Washington Counties in Virginia, and Bristol city in Virginia.

Knoxville, Tenn. MSA includes Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Union Counties in Tennessee.

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. MSA includes Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton Counties in Tennessee; DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica Counties in Mississippi; and Crittenden County in Arkansas.

Morristown, Tenn. MSA includes Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties in Tennessee.

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. MSA includes Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson Counties in Tennessee.

 

Last Modified Date: June 24, 2014