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Friday, June 02, 2023

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater — May 2022

Workers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $27.64 in May 2022, 7 percent below the nationwide average of $29.76, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Victoria G. Lee noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 21 of the 22 major occupational groups. Only one group had a significantly higher wage than its respective national average: healthcare support.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, Tampa area employment was more highly concentrated in 10 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support, business and financial operations, and sales and related. Twelve groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, educational instruction and library, and transportation and material moving. (See table A.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Tampa metropolitan area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2022
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage ($)
United States Tampa United States Tampa Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 29.76 27.64* -7


6.7 6.1* 63.08 59.94* -5

Business and financial operations

6.5 8.2* 41.39 37.45* -10

Computer and mathematical

3.4 3.6* 51.99 45.24* -13

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.2* 45.52 40.84* -10

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.6* 40.21 33.90* -16

Community and social service

1.6 1.3* 26.81 23.81* -11


0.8 1.2* 59.87 51.00* -15

Educational instruction and library

5.7 4.1* 30.41 28.02* -8

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.1* 36.78 30.93* -16

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 7.1* 46.52 44.46* -4

Healthcare support

4.6 3.5* 17.10 17.56* 3

Protective service

2.3 2.1* 25.97 24.14* -7

Food preparation and serving related

8.5 9.3* 15.45 15.11* -2

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.8* 17.26 15.19* -12

Personal care and service

1.9 2.0* 17.41 16.45* -6

Sales and related

8.9 10.3* 24.22 23.30* -4

Office and administrative support

12.6 14.9* 21.90 20.59* -6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 18.21 16.23* -11

Construction and extraction

4.1 4.6* 28.08 22.94* -18

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.2* 26.77 23.44* -12


5.9 3.7* 21.81 19.82* -9

Transportation and material moving

9.2 8.0* 21.12 18.59* -12

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The mean hourly wage or percent share of employment 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. Tampa had 202,970 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 14.9 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 12.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $20.59, significantly below the national wage of $21.90.

Among the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group were customer service representatives (44,150) and general office clerks (28,350). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers and also executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $30.65 and $28.52, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($14.03) and receptionists and information clerks ($15.33). (Detailed data for the office and administrative support occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to

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 Tampa area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, brokerage clerks were employed at 3.1 times the national rate in Tampa, and data entry keyers, at 1.8 times the U.S. average. File clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in Tampa, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Changes to the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) Data

The May 2022 OEWS estimates use the model-based (MB3) estimation method implemented with the May 2021 estimates release. Additional updates were made to the MB3 wage processing methodology for May 2022. For more information, see the May 2022 Survey Methods and Reliability Statement.

The May 2022 estimates are the first OEWS estimates to be produced using the 2022 NAICS, which replaces the 2017 NAICS used for the May 2017-May 2021 estimates. See North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) at BLS for details.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OEWS data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 580 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-digit, most 4-digit, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OEWS data are available at

The OEWS survey is a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support, while the State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data. OEWS estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.1 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 179,000 to 187,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by Internet or other electronic means, mail, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2022 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2022, November 2021, May 2021, November 2020, May 2020, and November 2019. The unweighted sampled employment of 80 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57 percent of total national employment. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 65.4 percent based on establishments and 62.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The sample in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area included 5,882 establishments with a response rate of 69 percent. For more information about OEWS concepts and methodology, go to

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.

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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Hernando County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and Pinellas County.

For more information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the OEWS data are available at Detailed information about the OEWS program is available at

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employment and wage data for office and administrative support occupations, Tampa metropolitan area, May 2022
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

202,970 1.2 20.59 42,830

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

15,280 1.1 30.65 63,740

Switchboard operators, including answering service

490 1.1 15.74 32,730

Bill and account collectors

2,420 1.3 20.13 41,880

Billing and posting clerks

4,480 1.1 20.58 42,810

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

15,960 1.1 21.91 45,560

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

1,860 1.3 23.51 48,890

Procurement clerks

600 1.0 20.62 42,880


2,180 0.7 19.06 39,640

Financial clerks, all other

560 1.5 24.07 50,060

Brokerage clerks

1,200 3.1 24.59 51,160

Court, municipal, and license clerks

1,050 0.7 19.87 41,320

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

220 1.4 22.66 47,130

Customer service representatives

44,150 1.7 18.73 38,950

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

820 0.6 18.83 39,170

File clerks

810 1.0 18.17 37,800

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

2,520 1.1 14.03 29,180

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

1,480 1.0 18.27 38,010

Library assistants, clerical

340 0.5 15.98 33,230

Loan interviewers and clerks

3,480 1.6 23.37 48,620

New accounts clerks

140 0.4 22.32 46,430

Order clerks

1,010 1.0 19.62 40,810

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

1,010 1.1 20.85 43,360

Receptionists and information clerks

10,450 1.1 15.33 31,890

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

1,510 1.4 21.77 45,280

Information and record clerks, all other

1,660 1.2 20.05 41,700

Cargo and freight agents

810 0.9 24.77 51,510

Couriers and messengers

830 1.2 15.80 32,870

Public safety telecommunicators

620 0.7 21.45 44,610

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

2,100 1.1 20.35 42,330

Meter readers, utilities

180 1.0 19.87 41,330

Postal service clerks

690 1.0 27.14 56,450

Postal service mail carriers

3,280 1.1 26.91 55,980

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

1,180 1.1 24.99 51,970

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

2,640 0.7 25.52 53,090

Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

6,400 0.8 18.15 37,740

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

350 0.7 18.12 37,680

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

3,500 0.8 28.52 59,320

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

2,050 1.4 24.04 50,010

Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

10,070 1.6 18.18 37,810

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

13,910 0.8 18.84 39,180

Data entry keyers

2,580 1.8 16.81 34,970

Word processors and typists

100 0.3 15.79 32,850

Desktop publishers

40 0.7 23.83 49,570

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

3,940 1.9 21.90 45,560

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

550 0.9 16.14 33,580

Office clerks, general

28,350 1.2 19.64 40,860

Office machine operators, except computer

260 0.9 15.71 32,680

Proofreaders and copy markers

50 1.0 16.01 33,290

Statistical assistants

60 1.0 20.37 42,360

Office and administrative support workers, all other

2,610 1.6 19.15 39,830

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations may not sum to the totals due to rounding, and because the totals may include occupations that are 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.


Last Modified Date: Friday, June 02, 2023