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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin – May 2016

Workers in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.33 in May 2016, about 15 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, 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 lower than their respective national averages in 18 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction; building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; and business and financial operations. No group had an hourly wage significantly higher than its respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including production, and transportation and material moving. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations; computer and mathematical; and office and administrative support. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $23.86 $20.33* -15

Management

5.1 4.4* 56.74 47.29* -17

Business and financial operations

5.2 3.7* 36.09 29.81* -17

Computer and mathematical

3.0 1.8* 42.25 34.92* -17

Architecture and engineering

1.8 2.1* 40.53 37.82* -7

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.3* 35.06 27.94* -20

Community and social service

1.4 1.0* 22.69 19.78* -13

Legal

0.8 0.5* 50.95 49.06 -4

Education, training, and library

6.2 5.5* 26.21 24.16 -8

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.0* 28.07 24.76* -12

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 5.8 38.06 38.44 1

Healthcare support

2.9 2.8 14.65 13.47* -8

Protective service

2.4 1.8* 22.03 17.26* -22

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 9.2 11.47 9.93* -13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.2 13.47 10.98* -18

Personal care and service

3.2 2.4* 12.74 10.88* -15

Sales and related

10.4 10.5 19.50 16.50* -15

Office and administrative support

15.7 14.8* 17.91 16.33* -9

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.37 14.18 6

Construction and extraction

4.0 3.3* 23.51 18.76* -20

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.3* 22.45 20.71* -8

Production

6.5 14.1* 17.88 16.96* -5

Transportation and material moving

6.9 7.5* 17.34 14.78* -15

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin 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—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin had 55,930 jobs in production, accounting for 14.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.5-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.96, significantly below the national wage of $17.88.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the production group included team assemblers (16,980), machinists (4,990), and inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (3,400). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, and multiple metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, with mean hourly wages of $30.65 and $27.98, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were sewing machine operators ($10.72) and bakers ($11.75). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24860.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 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders were employed at 23.5 times the national rate in Greenville, and textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders at 9.2 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Greenville, 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 South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Note on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

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 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,225 establishments with a response rate of 67 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 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, S.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, and Pickens 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/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, Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Production occupations

55,930 2.2 $16.96 $35,280

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

3,040 1.8 30.65 63,750

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

580 1.0 14.34 29,820

Engine and other machine assemblers

380 3.5 20.95 43,580

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

600 2.8 22.63 47,070

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators

140 2.5 15.09 31,380

Team assemblers

16,980 5.4 14.63 30,430

Assemblers and fabricators, all other

280 0.4 11.22 23,330

Bakers

590 1.2 11.75 24,440

Butchers and meat cutters

480 1.3 12.66 26,330

Slaughterers and meat packers

90 0.4 10.62 22,090

Food batchmakers

300 0.7 12.04 25,030

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

870 2.1 18.35 38,160

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic

120 1.7 23.56 49,000

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1,020 5.0 23.29 48,430

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

710 1.3 18.04 37,530

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

180 0.9 18.17 37,790

Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5) (5) 16.88 35,120

Machinists

4,990 4.5 19.99 41,570

Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders

(5) (5) 21.25 44,200

Foundry mold and coremakers

50 1.3 23.70 49,290

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

810 2.0 15.55 32,350

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

500 1.5 27.98 58,200

Tool and die makers

370 1.8 25.45 52,930

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

1,210 1.1 18.14 37,730

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

180 1.3 17.39 36,170

Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

70 1.3 18.97 39,460

Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5) (5) 14.32 29,770

Prepress technicians and workers

50 0.5 19.98 41,550

Printing press operators

710 1.5 18.17 37,780

Print binding and finishing workers

80 0.5 15.29 31,790

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

480 0.8 10.07 20,950

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

160 1.3 10.67 22,190

Sewing machine operators

920 2.3 10.72 22,310

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

50 0.7 13.12 27,280

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

280 9.2 14.16 29,450

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

340 8.1 12.34 25,660

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

1,430 23.5 14.07 29,270

Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

790 9.2 12.99 27,010

Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers

210 3.9 17.17 35,710

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

30 2.2 20.44 42,510

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

420 1.5 17.23 35,830

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

80 0.6 12.72 26,460

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

210 1.0 12.80 26,630

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

410 1.3 22.23 46,240

Chemical plant and system operators

120 1.2 27.33 56,850

Gas plant operators

50 1.0 21.36 44,430

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

570 2.7 18.81 39,120

Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

(5) (5) 18.57 38,620

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

740 2.0 17.17 35,710

Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders

(5) (5) 18.21 37,870

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

520 2.6 19.86 41,320

Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders

(5) (5) 16.68 34,700

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

3,400 2.3 18.61 38,720

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers

40 0.5 18.62 38,720

Dental laboratory technicians

(5) (5) 19.67 40,920

Medical appliance technicians

(5) (5) 16.82 34,990

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

1,370 1.3 13.03 27,110

Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

350 1.4 16.18 33,650

Painters, transportation equipment

120 0.8 19.68 40,940

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

40 0.6 12.36 25,710

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

340 1.3 18.46 38,400

Tire builders

1,090 17.3 17.80 37,020

Helpers--production workers

3,050 2.5 11.73 24,400

Production workers, all other

(5) (5) 17.01 35,370

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24860.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: Tuesday, June 13, 2017