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Monday, June 19, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Dayton — May 2016

Workers in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.73 in May 2016, about 5 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 12 of the 22 major occupational groups, including legal; management; and arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media. Eight groups had wages that were not significantly different than their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical; production; and healthcare support. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including construction and extraction; office and administrative support; and management. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2016
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Dayton United States Dayton Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $23.86 $22.73* -5

Management

5.1 4.1* 56.74 51.28* -10

Business and financial operations

5.2 5.6* 36.09 34.36 -5

Computer and mathematical

3.0 3.2* 42.25 38.08* -10

Architecture and engineering

1.8 2.7* 40.53 41.39 2

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.7* 35.06 38.57* 10

Community and social service

1.4 1.4 22.69 21.96 -3

Legal

0.8 0.5* 50.95 38.42* -25

Education, training, and library

6.2 6.3 26.21 29.81 14

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.2* 28.07 23.13* -18

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 7.8* 38.06 36.59 -4

Healthcare support

2.9 4.1* 14.65 13.93* -5

Protective service

2.4 2.0* 22.03 20.55 -7

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 9.9* 11.47 10.73* -6

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.0 13.47 13.14 -2

Personal care and service

3.2 2.4* 12.74 11.86* -7

Sales and related

10.4 9.7* 19.50 17.57* -10

Office and administrative support

15.7 14.6* 17.91 16.79* -6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.37 14.63* 9

Construction and extraction

4.0 2.3* 23.51 22.39* -5

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.6* 22.45 20.42* -9

Production

6.5 8.1* 17.88 17.58 -2

Transportation and material moving

6.9 6.7 17.34 15.19* -12

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area 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.
 

One occupational group—healthcare practitioners and technical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Dayton had 28,850 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 7.8 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.9-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $36.59, compared to the national wage of $38.06.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group included registered nurses (11,020), licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (3,350), and pharmacy technicians (1,270). Among the higher paying jobs were psychiatrists and internists, general, with mean hourly wages of $123.69 and $118.65, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pharmacy technicians ($13.73) and emergency medical technicians and paramedics ($15.73). (Detailed occupational data for healthcare practitioners and technical are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2016/may/oes_19380.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 Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in Dayton were employed at 1.8 times the national rate, and respiratory therapists, at 1.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, dental hygienists in Dayton had a location quotient of 1.0, 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 Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

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. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2016 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, and November 2013. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 73 percent based on establishments and 69 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,000 establishments with a response rate of 75 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2016 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.

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.

The Dayton, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest. 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/current/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, Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

28,850 1.3 $36.59 $76,100

Chiropractors

50 0.5 50.25 104,510

Dentists, general

210 0.8 89.95 187,100

Dietitians and nutritionists

150 0.9 27.91 58,050

Optometrists

110 1.1 35.82 74,500

Pharmacists

610 0.8 56.34 117,190

Family and general practitioners

460 1.4 110.35 229,520

Internists, general

140 1.2 118.65 246,800

Pediatricians, general

(5) (5) 66.96 139,270

Psychiatrists

30 0.5 123.69 257,270

Surgeons

170 1.6 114.16 237,450

Physicians and surgeons, all other

1,350 1.5 107.43 223,460

Physician assistants

390 1.4 55.49 115,430

Podiatrists

50 2.0 64.75 134,670

Occupational therapists

270 0.9 45.98 95,630

Physical therapists

590 1.0 46.06 95,810

Respiratory therapists

520 1.5 27.34 56,860

Speech-language pathologists

410 1.2 39.26 81,650

Therapists, all other

70 2.5 38.28 79,630

Veterinarians

200 1.1 62.78 130,590

Registered nurses

11,020 1.5 31.07 64,630

Nurse anesthetists

(5) (5) 71.17 148,030

Nurse practitioners

370 0.9 53.61 111,500

Audiologists

(5) (5) 31.82 66,180

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other

70 0.7 36.09 75,060

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

630 1.4 28.69 59,670

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians

590 1.4 20.48 42,590

Dental hygienists

530 1.0 33.78 70,270

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

110 0.8 28.16 58,580

Diagnostic medical sonographers

210 1.2 30.77 64,010

Nuclear medicine technologists

70 1.3 34.99 72,770

Radiologic technologists

620 1.2 24.44 50,840

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

100 1.0 30.21 62,830

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

690 1.1 15.73 32,710

Dietetic technicians

50 0.6 17.39 36,160

Pharmacy technicians

1,270 1.2 13.73 28,550

Psychiatric technicians

150 0.9 15.81 32,890

Surgical technologists

310 1.1 23.31 48,490

Veterinary technologists and technicians

200 0.8 15.74 32,730

Ophthalmic medical technicians

(5) (5) 17.64 36,680

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

3,350 1.8 20.86 43,390

Medical records and health information technicians

600 1.1 16.66 34,660

Opticians, dispensing

190 1.0 16.65 34,640

Orthotists and prosthetists

90 4.8 33.33 69,320

Health technologists and technicians, all other

430 1.3 20.04 41,680

Occupational health and safety specialists

310 1.5 33.78 70,250

Occupational health and safety technicians

60 1.4 19.87 41,340

Athletic trainers

90 1.4 (5) 48,780

Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other

70 0.8 25.83 53,720

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Dayton, OH, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19380.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: Monday, June 19, 2017