Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,160 1.9 % $17.69 $36,800 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.26 $12.78 $16.74 $21.69 $27.59
Annual Wage (2) $21,340 $26,590 $34,820 $45,120 $57,380


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 16,980 0.30 $16.49 $34,310
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 9,880 2.50 $19.65 $40,880
Natural Gas Distribution 5,510 5.09 $20.19 $42,000
Other Support Services 3,260 1.18 $14.95 $31,100
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,630 5.62 $16.54 $34,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,630 5.62 $16.54 $34,410
Natural Gas Distribution 5,510 5.09 $20.19 $42,000
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 9,880 2.50 $19.65 $40,880
Other Support Services 3,260 1.18 $14.95 $31,100
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.58 $19.28 $40,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 5,510 5.09 $20.19 $42,000
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 9,880 2.50 $19.65 $40,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 670 0.04 $19.34 $40,230
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.58 $19.28 $40,100
Utility System Construction 300 0.08 $17.19 $35,740


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,750 0.34 1.07 $22.85 $47,540
Texas 3,470 0.34 1.09 $14.30 $29,730
Georgia 2,130 0.57 1.80 $14.56 $30,280
Florida 2,110 0.30 0.94 $15.69 $32,630
New York 1,740 0.21 0.66 $21.01 $43,700




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 560 0.81 2.57 $15.89 $33,060
Louisiana 1,340 0.73 2.32 $14.47 $30,090
Idaho 420 0.71 2.23 $19.43 $40,410
Mississippi 640 0.60 1.90 $12.88 $26,790
Arkansas 680 0.60 1.89 $13.04 $27,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 680 0.22 0.69 $25.95 $53,980
Connecticut 180 0.11 0.36 $24.93 $51,850
New Jersey 1,160 0.31 0.98 $23.29 $48,450
California 4,750 0.34 1.07 $22.85 $47,540
Alaska 130 0.43 1.37 $22.79 $47,390

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,240 0.56 1.78 $14.83 $30,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.23 0.72 $21.29 $44,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.25 0.80 $22.21 $46,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 810 0.48 1.52 $16.92 $35,190
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.20 0.64 $18.99 $39,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.34 1.07 $14.58 $30,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 620 0.25 0.79 $15.70 $32,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 580 0.47 1.49 $20.39 $42,410
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 580 0.51 1.61 $20.32 $42,260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 460 0.28 0.89 $27.63 $57,480




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alexandria, LA 80 1.34 4.24 $13.85 $28,810
Chattanooga, TN-GA 240 1.08 3.42 $14.45 $30,070
Monroe, LA 80 1.06 3.35 $12.40 $25,800
Longview, TX 90 1.00 3.17 $14.07 $29,270
Owensboro, KY 40 0.92 2.91 $16.15 $33,590
Jackson, TN 50 0.91 2.88 $23.84 $49,580
Merced, CA 50 0.79 2.51 $26.14 $54,370
Lake Charles, LA 70 0.75 2.37 $15.90 $33,080
Boise City-Nampa, ID 190 0.74 2.35 $19.95 $41,500
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 130 0.74 2.35 $13.28 $27,630




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 0.33 $30.12 $62,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.24 0.77 $29.39 $61,130
Chico, CA 40 0.57 1.80 $28.22 $58,690
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.27 0.84 $28.00 $58,230
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $27.91 $58,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 460 0.28 0.89 $27.63 $57,480
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 0.39 1.25 $27.62 $57,460
Salinas, CA 80 0.54 1.70 $26.35 $54,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 230 0.19 0.61 $26.29 $54,680
Merced, CA 50 0.79 2.51 $26.14 $54,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 280 1.01 3.20 $13.17 $27,400
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.10 3.49 $14.92 $31,040
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.39 4.40 $11.65 $24,220
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 210 0.74 2.33 $13.27 $27,590
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.65 5.23 $15.12 $31,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.66 5.27 $12.33 $25,640
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.65 5.23 $15.12 $31,440
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 1.55 4.91 $14.25 $29,650
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 200 1.42 4.51 $16.06 $33,410
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.39 4.40 $11.65 $24,220

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 1.94 $25.10 $52,210
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.94 2.99 $24.02 $49,960
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.20 $22.84 $47,520
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 0.76 $22.62 $47,060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.77 $22.25 $46,280


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011