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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Jacksonville – May 2016

Workers in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.70 in May 2016, about 9 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 13 of  the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction; legal; and computer and mathematical. Nine groups had wages that were not significantly different from their respective national averages, including transportation and material moving; management; and sales and related.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; business and financial operations; and sales and related. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; management; and education, training, and library. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $23.86 $21.70* -9

Management

5.1 3.4* 56.74 56.39 -1

Business and financial operations

5.2 6.5* 36.09 33.30* -8

Computer and mathematical

3.0 2.7* 42.25 37.41* -11

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.2* 40.53 36.02* -11

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.4* 35.06 28.71* -18

Community and social service

1.4 1.0* 22.69 21.35* -6

Legal

0.8 0.8 50.95 41.92* -18

Education, training, and library

6.2 4.8* 26.21 25.00 -5

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.1* 28.07 23.71* -16

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 6.7 38.06 33.96* -11

Healthcare support

2.9 2.7 14.65 14.32 -2

Protective service

2.4 2.7* 22.03 17.72* -20

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 10.1* 11.47 11.55 1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.2 13.47 12.27* -9

Personal care and service

3.2 2.6* 12.74 12.49 -2

Sales and related

10.4 11.5* 19.50 19.26 -1

Office and administrative support

15.7 18.4* 17.91 16.78* -6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.37 15.17 13

Construction and extraction

4.0 4.4* 23.51 18.79* -20

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.5* 22.45 20.81* -7

Production

6.5 3.8* 17.88 17.56 -2

Transportation and material moving

6.9 7.5* 17.34 17.42 0

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Jacksonville 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—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Jacksonville had 118,830 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.4 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 15.7-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.78, significantly below the national wage of $17.91.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included customer service representatives (20,840); secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (11,990); and general office clerks (11,790). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers and cargo and freight agents, with mean hourly wages of $26.71 and $23.08, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($10.53) and stock clerks and order fillers ($12.54). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_27260.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 Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, loan interviewers and clerks were employed at 3.5 times the national rate in Jacksonville, and bill and account collectors, at 2.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in Jacksonville, 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 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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 Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,879 establishments with a response rate of 73 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 Jacksonville, Fla. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns 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, Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

118,830 1.2 $16.78 $34,890

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

7,960 1.2 26.71 55,550

Switchboard operators, including answering service

500 1.2 11.95 24,860

Bill and account collectors

3,420 2.5 14.74 30,650

Billing and posting clerks

3,180 1.4 16.00 33,270

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

7,020 1.0 18.32 38,100

Gaming cage workers

50 0.6 10.59 22,030

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

470 0.6 19.49 40,530

Procurement clerks

260 0.8 19.89 41,360

Tellers

3,040 1.3 14.73 30,640

Financial clerks, all other

530 3.3 18.48 38,440

Brokerage clerks

390 1.4 25.77 53,590

Correspondence clerks

(5) (5) 17.03 35,430

Court, municipal, and license clerks

250 0.4 17.73 36,880

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

310 1.8 15.35 31,940

Customer service representatives

20,840 1.7 15.56 32,360

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

(5) (5) 21.22 44,140

File clerks

1,540 2.6 13.45 27,970

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

1,350 1.2 10.53 21,900

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

640 0.8 15.89 33,060

Library assistants, clerical

300 0.7 12.43 25,850

Loan interviewers and clerks

3,570 3.5 20.75 43,150

Order clerks

440 0.5 14.78 30,730

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

700 1.1 17.59 36,600

Receptionists and information clerks

5,050 1.1 13.25 27,560

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

430 0.6 18.52 38,530

Information and record clerks, all other

1,490 2.0 17.01 35,380

Cargo and freight agents

640 1.6 23.08 48,000

Couriers and messengers

210 0.6 13.93 28,980

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

410 0.9 16.44 34,190

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

1,080 1.2 17.86 37,140

Postal service clerks

230 0.6 24.32 50,590

Postal service mail carriers

1,250 0.8 25.19 52,400

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

1,080 2.1 25.06 52,120

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

1,100 0.7 22.74 47,300

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

2,680 0.9 16.73 34,790

Stock clerks and order fillers

10,000 1.1 12.54 26,090

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

330 1.0 14.51 30,180

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

3,160 1.1 23.80 49,510

Legal secretaries

770 0.9 19.71 41,000

Medical secretaries

1,530 0.6 15.20 31,620

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

11,990 1.1 15.75 32,770

Computer operators

200 1.0 22.15 46,060

Data entry keyers

1,540 1.7 14.53 30,230

Word processors and typists

220 0.7 15.31 31,840

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

2,140 1.7 16.70 34,730

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

570 1.4 14.03 29,170

Office clerks, general

11,790 0.9 14.03 29,190

Office machine operators, except computer

270 1.0 13.31 27,690

Office and administrative support workers, all other

870 0.9 17.79 37,010

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_27260.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, May 25, 2017