Occupational wage data are available from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. For the latest data, visit the following:
National data: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm
State data: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm
Metropolitan areas: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm
You may also want to check the Occupational Outlook Handbook for national occupational averages.
See the Employment Cost Index.
Cross-industry wage determinations under the Service Contract Act and construction industry wage determinations under the Davis-Bacon Act are available from: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), U.S. Department of Labor.
General wage and hour questions may also be addressed to WHD staff at: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), U.S. Department of Labor.
Contact the National Compensation Survey staff by phone at 202-691-6199 or by e-mail at Staff.
For more than half a century, BLS has supplied data on non-Federal pay from its on-going survey programs to those agencies charged with Federal pay administration. To do this, BLS selects a sample of establishments; collects, reviews, and tabulates wage data; and transmits estimates to the appropriate authority (currently, the Office of Personnel Management) for its use in comparing Federal and private pay. Recommendations about adjustments to Federal pay are the responsibility of the President's Pay Agent and its advisory group, the Federal Salary Council. For a more detailed description of the Federal pay-setting process and the BLS role, refer to www.opm.gov/flsa/oca/pay/html/UsingBLSData.asp.
A September 2009 article in the Bureau's Monthly Labor Review, "Fifty years of BLS surveys on Federal employees' pay," (PDF) describes the changes in the Federal pay adjustment process over the years and how the changes affected the Bureau's occupational wage survey programs.
The National Compensation Survey does not produce wage estimates by sex or any other demographic characteristic. The BLS Current Population Survey uses data from a household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to produce data by demographic characteristics, including by sex. See www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat39.htm and www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat39.pdf.
Last Modified Date: January 10, 2013