Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
39,530 2.0 % $18.52 $38,510 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.42 $13.06 $17.28 $23.09 $28.91
Annual Wage (2) $21,660 $27,160 $35,940 $48,020 $60,120


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) 16,080 0.29 $17.19 $35,760
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 8,860 2.22 $21.50 $44,710
Natural Gas Distribution 5,590 5.24 $21.12 $43,930
Other Support Services 4,250 1.49 $15.00 $31,200
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,410 5.05 $16.74 $34,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 5,590 5.24 $21.12 $43,930
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,410 5.05 $16.74 $34,810
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 8,860 2.22 $21.50 $44,710
Other Support Services 4,250 1.49 $15.00 $31,200
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.53 $19.11 $39,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 330 0.02 $22.80 $47,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 8,860 2.22 $21.50 $44,710
Natural Gas Distribution 5,590 5.24 $21.12 $43,930
Utility System Construction 510 0.12 $19.96 $41,510
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.53 $19.11 $39,740


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 4,700 0.33 1.08 $23.74 $49,380
Texas 3,760 0.36 1.17 $14.06 $29,240
Georgia 2,230 0.58 1.92 $15.55 $32,340
Ohio 1,770 0.35 1.15 $17.97 $37,380
New York 1,750 0.21 0.68 $22.35 $46,490




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 590 0.83 2.72 $13.35 $27,760
Mississippi 770 0.72 2.36 $12.83 $26,680
Oklahoma 910 0.60 1.97 $15.43 $32,080
Georgia 2,230 0.58 1.92 $15.55 $32,340
New Mexico 390 0.50 1.65 $15.62 $32,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 720 0.22 0.74 $28.30 $58,860
Connecticut 110 0.07 0.23 $25.18 $52,380
New Jersey 1,170 0.31 1.01 $23.74 $49,380
California 4,700 0.33 1.08 $23.74 $49,380
Alaska 110 0.34 1.11 $23.65 $49,200





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 1,390 0.61 2.03 $15.91 $33,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.21 0.70 $23.97 $49,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.27 0.89 $22.37 $46,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 830 0.48 1.58 $17.54 $36,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 740 0.35 1.17 $14.01 $29,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 670 0.53 1.74 $23.18 $48,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.17 0.58 $22.80 $47,420
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 540 0.47 1.53 $22.86 $47,550
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 530 0.20 0.67 $14.50 $30,160
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 430 0.25 0.83 $31.15 $64,790




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)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 230 2.28 7.50 $21.66 $45,050
Morristown, TN 90 1.89 6.25 $13.40 $27,880
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 400 1.19 3.91 $13.54 $28,170
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 50 1.07 3.54 $13.49 $28,060
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 90 0.91 2.99 $12.27 $25,520
Florence, SC 70 0.83 2.74 $12.04 $25,030
Tulsa, OK 340 0.81 2.68 $14.16 $29,450
Prescott, AZ 40 0.81 2.68 $19.04 $39,600
Owensboro, KY 40 0.77 2.54 $20.05 $41,690
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 180 0.77 2.55 $11.66 $24,250