Data tables for the overview of May 2014 occupational employment and wages

Employment for the largest occupations in the United States, May 2014
Occupation Employment (millions)

Retail salespersons

4.6

Cashiers

3.4

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3.1

Office clerks, general

2.9

Registered nurses

2.7

Customer service representatives

2.5

Waiters and waitresses

2.4

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2.4

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

2.2

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

2.1
Percent of total U.S. employment for the largest and smallest occupational groups, May 2014
Occupation Percent Employment Employment

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.33 447,130

Legal

0.78 1,052,900

Life, physical, and social science

0.85 1,144,440

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.33 1,793,700

Community and social service

1.43 1,930,750

Production

6.61 8,934,050

Transportation and material moving

6.84 9,249,310

Food preparation and serving related

9.09 12,277,720

Sales and related

10.54 14,248,470

Office and administrative support

16.01 21,638,470
Largest occupations with above average mean wages, May 2014
Occupation Employment Annual Mean Wage

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

713,730 $53,590

Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

826,650 61,960

Business Operations Specialists, All Other

934,370 73,000

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

960,380 59,330

Accountants and Auditors

1,187,310 73,670

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

1,353,020 56,830

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

1,394,640 65,800

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

1,404,070 54,400

General and Operations Managers

2,049,870 117,200

Registered Nurses

2,687,310 69,790
Average-paying occupations with the highest employment, May 2014
Occupation Employment

Medical records and health information technicians

184,740

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

190,330

Self-enrichment education teachers

202,360

Painters, construction and maintenance

204,600

Loan interviewers and clerks

212,440

Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

241,000

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

252,670

Dental assistants

314,330

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

489,750

Billing and posting clerks

490,860

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

633,390

Maintenance and repair workers, general

1,282,920

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

1,575,060
Largest occupations with mean wages less than $10.10 per hour, May 2014
Occupations Employment (millions)

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

0.27

Amusement and recreation attendants

0.27

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

0.37

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

0.41

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

0.48

Dishwashers

0.50

Cooks, fast food

0.52

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3.13

Cashiers

3.40
Employment for the largest occupations in the private sector, May 2014
Occupation Employment

Retail salespersons

4,550,890

Cashiers

3,351,060

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

2,961,890

Customer service representatives

2,435,400

Waiters and waitresses

2,431,670

Office clerks, general

2,380,150

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2,353,670

Registered nurses

2,229,390

General and operations managers

1,907,200

Stock clerks and order fillers

1,841,080
Employment for the largest occupations in the public sector, including state and local government schools and hospitals, by level of government, May 2014
Occupation Employment
Local State Federal

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,211,650 8,810 0

Teacher assistants

905,760 27,750 0

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

837,380 8,100 0

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

553,000 68,400 12,160

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

563,440 3,000 0

Substitute teachers

551,700 5,770 0

Office clerks, general

316,580 171,070 22,160

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

403,050 71,060 27,590

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

343,430 130,560 17,770

Registered nurses

256,780 129,140 72,000
Wage percentiles by major occupational group, May 2014
Occupational group Annual 10th percentile wage Annual 25th percentile wage Annual 50th percentile wage (median) Annual 75th percentile wage Annual 90th percentile wage

Management

$46,440 $67,080 $97,230 $141,150 (1)

Computer and mathematical

41,130 56,920 79,420 106,330 134,500

Legal

35,840 49,790 76,860 133,430 (1)

Architecture and engineering

41,630 56,060 75,780 100,910 128,780

Business and financial operations

36,010 47,880 64,790 87,700 116,380

Healthcare practitioners and technical

31,570 43,920 61,710 87,840 133,600

Life, physical, and social science

32,170 43,490 61,450 88,040 117,810

Education, training, and library

21,040 30,940 46,660 65,220 88,190

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

20,200 29,450 45,180 68,680 99,000

Installation, maintenance, and repair

23,220 30,980 42,110 57,060 72,560

Construction and extraction

24,430 31,000 41,380 58,310 76,860

Community and social service

23,990 31,190 41,290 56,290 73,250

Protective service

19,090 24,510 37,180 57,270 80,360

Office and administrative support

19,480 24,650 32,520 43,410 56,460

Production

19,180 23,630 31,720 43,320 57,930

Transportation and material moving

18,120 21,330 29,530 41,530 57,440

Healthcare support

18,480 21,480 26,440 33,730 42,690

Sales and related

17,340 19,070 25,360 44,020 75,280

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

17,200 18,970 23,270 30,700 40,560

Personal care and service

16,840 18,250 21,260 27,580 38,440

Farming, fishing, and forestry

17,370 18,330 20,250 28,520 40,450

Food preparation and serving related

16,580 17,630 19,130 23,660 31,440

(1) At least 10 percent of workers in this occupation have wages above $187,200 per year. The OES program can not estimate percentile wages above $187,200.

Industries with the highest STEM employment as a percentage of total industry employment, May 2014
Industry Percent

Computer systems design and related services

66.7

Architectural, engineering, and related services

64.2

Software publishers

62.7

Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing

59.5

Scientific research and development services

56.5

Data processing, hosting, and related services

45.2

Communications equipment manufacturing

41.4

Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing

38.3

Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing

38.2

Other information services

35.3

All industries

6.2

Note: STEM occupations are defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations; managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas; and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.

Industries with the highest and lowest mean wages for STEM occupations, May 2014
Occupation Annual mean wage

Oil and gas extraction

$128,310

Securities and commodity exchanges

119,630

Other information services

113,750

Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage

111,470

Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing

109,580

All STEM occupations

85,570

Sporting goods, hobby, and musical instrument stores

50,620

Support activities for animal production

49,470

All occupations

47,230

Book stores and news dealers

44,590

RV (recreational vehicle) parks and recreational camps

41,900

Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores

35,110

Note: Among industries with STEM employment of at least 100. STEM occupations are defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations; managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas; and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.

Metropolitan areas with the highest STEM employment as a percentage of total area employment, May 2014
Industry Percent

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

21.5

Framingham, MA NECTA Division

17.6

Huntsville, AL

16.7

Boulder, CO

16.0

Corvallis, OR

14.5

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

13.9

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division

13.2

Columbus, IN

12.2

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division

12.1

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division

12.1

United States

6.2

Note: STEM occupations are defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations; managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas; and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.

STEM employment by type of STEM occupation, May 2014
STEM category Employment (millions)

Computer occupations

3.7

Engineers

1.6

Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians

0.7

STEM-related management

0.6

STEM-related sales

0.4

Life and physical science technicians

0.3

Life scientists

0.3

Physical scientists

0.3

STEM-related postsecondary teachers

0.2

Architects, surveyors, and cartographers

0.2

Mathematical science occupations

0.1

Note: STEM occupations are defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations; managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas; and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.

Percentage of employment in STEM occupations and annual mean wage, by state, May 2014
State State Employment STEM employment Percent Employment STEM State Annual Mean Wage

Alabama

1,857,530 99,430 5% $40,890

Alaska

324,970 21,140 7% 54,040

Arizona

2,526,990 170,720 7% 44,580

Arkansas

1,158,790 45,460 4% 37,940

California

15,119,730 1,146,220 8% 53,890

Colorado

2,367,780 199,960 8% 49,860

Connecticut

1,646,510 109,370 7% 55,060

Delaware

424,330 29,920 7% 49,520

District of Columbia

674,650 63,830 9% 78,580

Florida

7,665,280 344,380 4% 41,820

Georgia

3,983,250 225,400 6% 44,670

Hawaii

612,580 26,170 4% 46,230

Idaho

628,140 37,440 6% 39,770

Illinois

5,765,880 326,770 6% 48,780

Indiana

2,905,170 143,780 5% 41,470

Iowa

1,512,740 72,870 5% 41,120

Kansas

1,359,500 68,990 5% 42,020

Kentucky

1,808,010 72,170 4% 40,040

Louisiana

1,915,800 74,550 4% 40,190

Maine

586,390 27,140 5% 42,140

Maryland

2,557,510 232,930 9% 53,470

Massachusetts

3,322,500 297,960 9% 57,610

Michigan

4,073,730 287,640 7% 45,140

Minnesota

2,730,020 188,220 7% 48,310

Mississippi

1,094,070 35,350 3% 36,750

Missouri

2,673,640 142,620 5% 42,790

Montana

443,330 23,000 5% 39,880

Nebraska

942,950 47,220 5% 41,080

Nevada

1,189,610 38,720 3% 42,310

New Hampshire

627,000 40,430 6% 47,060

New Jersey

3,869,260 252,810 7% 53,920

New Mexico

788,000 50,970 6% 42,230

New York

8,810,950 446,020 5% 55,630

North Carolina

4,030,880 234,610 6% 43,280

North Dakota

440,420 18,230 4% 44,100

Ohio

5,200,880 301,730 6% 43,900

Oklahoma

1,577,330 80,660 5% 40,850

Oregon

1,683,470 114,190 7% 46,850

Pennsylvania

5,653,840 321,660 6% 45,750

Rhode Island

463,930 26,350 6% 49,570

South Carolina

1,876,480 90,890 5% 39,570

South Dakota

409,250 18,020 4% 37,300

Tennessee

2,749,480 123,610 4% 40,650

Texas

11,228,940 739,380 7% 45,330

Utah

1,280,660 85,830 7% 43,550

Vermont

301,050 17,170 6% 44,540

Virginia

3,648,490 328,490 9% 50,750

Washington

2,898,350 265,970 9% 52,540

West Virginia

707,720 24,920 4% 37,880

Wisconsin

2,727,860 150,850 6% 42,880

Wyoming

282,690 13,710 5% 44,930

Guam

59,900 1,900 3% 33,280

Puerto Rico

902,930 34,650 4% 27,510

Virgin Islands

38,060 820 2% 34,960
Percentage of employment in STEM occupations and annual mean wages, by industry sector, May 2014
Industry Sector Sector Employment STEM Employment Percentage Employment STEM Sector Annual Mean Wage

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

409,720 2,590 1% $26,920

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

824,260 91,110 11% 62,360

Utilities

547,980 85,390 16% 70,980

Construction

6,094,090 94,670 2% 50,120

Manufacturing

12,100,740 1,335,290 11% 48,610

Wholesale Trade

5,780,070 486,130 8% 53,710

Retail Trade

15,472,510 66,770 0% 30,560

Transportation and Warehousing

5,202,640 59,500 1% 45,760

Information

2,735,590 610,450 22% 67,700

Finance and Insurance

5,618,720 385,510 7% 65,100

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

2,017,970 18,360 1% 43,630

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

8,231,540 2,769,510 34% 75,570

Management of Companies and Enterprises

2,206,620 364,400 17% 77,470

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

8,627,320 310,920 4% 35,840

Educational Services

12,758,610 615,380 5% 51,370

Health Care and Social Assistance

18,341,690 185,230 1% 49,770

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

2,198,590 14,520 1% 34,500

Accommodation and Food Services

12,548,660 4,570 0% 23,530

Other Services (except Public Administration)

3,937,990 51,780 1% 38,170

Federal, State, and Local Government (excluding state and local schools and hospitals)

9,472,980 793,780 8% 56,470
STEM occupations with the highest employment levels, May 2014
Occupation Employment

Software developers, applications

686,470

Computer user support specialists

563,540

Computer systems analysts

528,320

Software developers, systems software

382,400

Network and computer systems administrators

365,430

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

335,540

Computer and information systems managers

330,360

Computer programmers

302,150

Mechanical engineers

270,700

Civil engineers

263,460

Note: STEM occupations are defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations; managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas; and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.

Highest and lowest paying STEM occupations, May 2014
Occupation Annual mean wage

Petroleum engineers

$147,520

Architectural and engineering managers

138,720

Natural sciences managers

136,450

Computer and information systems managers

136,280

Physicists

117,300

All STEM occupations

85,570

All occupations

47,230

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

45,910

Biological technicians

44,610

Surveying and mapping technicians

43,870

Forest and conservation technicians

37,990

Agricultural and food science technicians

37,330

Note: STEM occupations are defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations; managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas; and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015