The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.


The May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on April 1, 2014 and are available at

OES News Release

Occupational Employment and Wages

April 01, 2014

Retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the largest employment in May 2013. The 10 largest occupations accounted for 21 percent of total employment. The U.S.-all occupations mean wage in May 2013 was $22.33 per hour or $46,440 annually. More...


OES Data

May 2013 data

All OES Data, 1988-2013


OES Charts

OES Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for 2013. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing location quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the U.S. average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.


OES Maps

OES Mapping Tool

Text: Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation's employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.


OES Publications

Measuring occupational concentration by industry

Measuring occupational concentration by industry

Although some occupations are found in nearly every industry in the United States, others are specific to one or only a few industries. For example, several of the most concentrated occupations in the coal mining industry are found primarily in that industry, and are uncommon outside of the mining and extraction sector. As a result, job mobility for these workers might be extremely limited in the face of an industry downturn, particularly one affecting the extraction industries in general. On the other hand, although over a quarter of computer systems analysts are found in the computer systems design and related services industry, this occupation was distributed relatively evenly across sectors, potentially allowing displaced workers to move more easily into other industries. Understanding the relationship between industry and occupation may provide important insights into workers' ability to cope with job loss by moving across industries.

All OES publications


OES Databases


Database Name Multi-
Tables Text Files
Current Employment and Wages from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey
Multi Screen Data Search Tables Text Files
  • The Multi-Screen Data Search is a form-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2013 OES data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OES tables page, which contains links to all OES tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS FTP server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.


OES Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us


For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, contact an OES staff member at:

  • Email: Contact us
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001