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Data tables for the overview of May 2015 occupational employment and wages

Employment for the largest healthcare occupations, May 2015
Employment (millions)

Registered nurses

2.7

Nursing assistants

1.4

Home health aides

0.8

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

0.7

Medical assistants

0.6

Pharmacy technicians

0.4

Dental assistants

0.3

Physicians and surgeons, all other

0.3

Pharmacists

0.3

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

0.2
Manufacturing industries with the highest and lowest annual wages for production occupations, May 2015
Industry Annual Mean Wage

Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing

$24,870

Apparel Knitting Mills

25,450

Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging

25,860

Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing

26,040

Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing

27,180

Production Occupations, all industries

36,220

Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing

47,930

Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

50,090

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing

50,540

Basic Chemical Manufacturing

55,230

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

62,140
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of production occupations, May 2015
State Percent

Indiana

12.8

Wisconsin

11.4

Alabama

10.9

Kentucky

10.6

Michigan

10.4

United States

6.6

Nevada

3.5

New Mexico

3.3

Maryland

3.0

Hawaii

2.5

District of Columbia

0.7
Metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest employment shares of production occupations, May 2015
Metropolitan area Percent

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

35.0

Dalton, GA

23.6

Columbus, IN

20.4

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

20.2

Sheboygan, WI

19.6

United States

6.6

Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division

2.0

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division

1.6

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.6

Laredo, TX

1.5

Ocean City, NJ

1.4
Employment for the largest construction and extraction occupations, May 2015
Occupation Employment

Construction laborers

887,580

Carpenters

639,190

Electricians

592,230

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

517,560

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

391,680

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

355,140

Painters, construction and maintenance

213,330

Cement masons and concrete finishers

163,360

Highway maintenance workers

142,300

Sheet metal workers

135,570
States with the highest concentrations of construction and extraction occupations, May 2015
State Location quotient

Wyoming

2.8

North Dakota

2.6

Alaska

1.8

West Virginia

1.7

New Mexico

1.7

Montana

1.6

Louisiana

1.6

Utah

1.5

Oklahoma

1.4

Colorado

1.3

South Dakota

1.3
Metropolitan areas with the highest concentrations of construction and extraction occupations, May 2015
Metropolitan area Location quotient

Odessa, TX

3.6

Farmington, NM

3.2

Greeley, CO

3.1

Midland, TX

2.9

Longview, TX

2.8

Casper, WY

2.7

Lake Charles, LA

2.6

Baton Rouge, LA

2.4

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

2.2

Wheeling, WV-OH

2.1
Employment by typical entry-level education required, as a percentage of total employment, May 2015
Typical entry level education required Percent

Doctoral or professional degree

2.5

Master's degree

1.7

Bachelor's degree

21.2

Associate's degree

2.4

Postsecondary nondegree award

6.0

Some college, no degree

2.6

High school diploma or equivalent

36.0

No formal educational credential

27.7
Annual mean wages by typical entry-level education required, May 2015
Typical entry level education required Annual mean wage

Doctoral or professional degree

$122,910

Master's degree

73,160

Bachelor's degree

82,260

Associate's degree

53,730

Postsecondary nondegree award

39,140

Some college, no degree

37,430

High school diploma or equivalent

41,730

No formal educational credential

25,000

All occupations

48,320
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of occupations typically requiring a bachelor's degree for entry, May 2015
State Percent

District of Columbia

41.9

Massachusetts

26.2

Maryland

25.2

Virginia

24.8

Connecticut

24.5

United States

21.2

Mississippi

16.9

West Virginia

16.3

Louisiana

16.3

North Dakota

16.1

Nevada

15.4
Highest and lowest paying states for occupations typically requiring a bachelor's degree for entry, May 2015
State Annual mean wage

District of Columbia

$104,840

New York

97,530

California

96,060

Massachusetts

94,820

New Jersey

93,130

United States

82,260

Arkansas

63,620

South Dakota

62,430

West Virginia

62,350

Mississippi

60,540

Montana

60,240
Employment in the largest STEM occupations in the United States, May 2015
Occupation Employment

Civil engineers

275,210

Mechanical engineers

278,340

Computer programmers

289,420

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

334,010

Computer and information systems managers

341,250

Network and computer systems administrators

374,480

Software developers, systems software

390,750

Computer systems analysts

556,660

Computer user support specialists

585,060

Software developers, applications

747,730
STEM occupations with the highest and lowest annual mean wages, May 2015
Occupation Annual mean wage

Petroleum engineers

$149,590

Architectural and engineering managers

141,650

Computer and information systems managers

141,000

Natural sciences managers

136,570

Physicists

118,500

All occupations

48,320

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

46,540

Biological technicians

45,230

Surveying and mapping technicians

44,800

Agricultural and food science technicians

39,000

Forest and conservation technicians

38,260
Metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest employment shares of STEM occupations, May 2015
Metropolitan area Percent

California-Lexington Park, MD

22.5

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

22.2

Framingham, MA NECTA Division

16.4

Huntsville, AL

16.3

Boulder, CO

16.2

United States

6.2

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

1.5

Hammond, LA

1.4

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

1.3

Gadsden, AL

1.1

Ocean City, NJ

1.0
Employment for the largest occupations in the United States, May 2015
Occupation Employment (millions)

Retail salespersons

4.6

Cashiers

3.5

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3.2

Office clerks, general

2.9

Registered nurses

2.7

Customer service representatives

2.6

Waiters and waitresses

2.5

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2.5

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

2.3

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

2.1
Annual mean wages for the largest occupations in the United States, May 2015
Occupation Annual mean wage

Registered nurses

$71,000

U.S. all-occupations mean

48,320

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

35,200

Customer service representatives

34,560

Office clerks, general

31,890

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

27,840

Retail salespersons

26,340

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

26,180

Waiters and waitresses

23,020

Cashiers

20,990

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

19,710
Employment in major occupational groups as a percentage of total U.S. employment, May 2015
Occupational group Percent

Office and administrative support

15.8

Sales and related

10.5

Food preparation and serving related

9.1

Transportation and material moving

6.9

Production

6.6

Education, training, and library

6.2

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.8

Business and financial operations

5.1

Management

5.0

Construction and extraction

4.0

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2

Personal care and service

3.1

Computer and mathematical

2.9

Healthcare support

2.9

Protective service

2.4

Architecture and engineering

1.8

Community and social service

1.4

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3

Life, physical, and social science

0.8

Legal

0.8

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3
Occupations with the highest employment in the public sector, May 2015
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,232,240

Teacher assistants

956,850

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

847,520

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

647,880

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

563,720

Substitute teachers

541,830

Office clerks, general

521,180

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

504,570

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

501,180

Registered nurses

463,820
Distribution of employment by wage range for each major occupational group, May 2015
Major Occupational Group Under $9.25 $9.25-11.74 $11.75-14.74 $14.75-18.74 $18.75-23.99 $24.00-30.24 $30.25-38.49 $38.50-$48.99 $49.00-61.99 $62.00-78.74 $78.75-and over

All Occupations

12.3 15.3 12.9 14.1 12.8 10.8 8.4 5.7 3.5 2.0 2.2

Management Occupations

0.9 0.7 1.4 3.1 5.9 9.5 14.1 17.0 16.4 13.1 18.0

Business and Financial Operations Occupations

0.9 1.3 2.8 7.4 14.4 19.5 21.3 16.4 8.7 4.0 3.3

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

0.3 0.8 1.9 4.8 9.0 13.2 18.7 21.0 17.3 9.2 3.8

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

0.2 0.6 1.8 4.9 9.5 15.5 21.3 20.6 14.8 7.4 3.4

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

0.9 2.0 4.8 10.0 15.8 17.6 17.6 14.3 9.5 4.5 3.0

Community and Social Service Occupations

2.9 6.9 12.6 21.3 21.6 16.9 11.0 5.0 1.3 0.3 0.2

Legal Occupations

0.7 1.3 3.1 7.6 11.7 13.9 13.1 11.5 10.0 10.2 16.9

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

6.2 8.8 9.2 12.6 17.6 17.8 13.8 8.1 3.3 1.4 1.3

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

6.8 9.2 10.2 13.7 15.3 14.5 12.1 8.3 4.7 2.3 2.8

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

0.7 2.7 5.2 9.2 13.9 18.7 18.6 12.5 7.5 4.1 6.8

Healthcare Support Occupations

10.7 27.8 26.9 19.9 9.2 3.7 1.3 0.3 0.1 - -

Protective Service Occupations

9.2 15.0 13.0 15.4 14.5 11.9 11.3 6.0 2.6 0.9 0.1

Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

43.8 31.1 12.4 7.0 3.5 1.5 0.5 0.1 0.1 - -

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

23.0 30.1 19.9 14.7 7.7 3.5 0.9 0.2 - - -

Personal Care and Service Occupations

30.9 34.1 15.7 9.1 5.3 2.9 1.3 0.5 0.2 0.1 -

Sales and Related Occupations

24.0 23.0 12.5 10.7 9.0 6.8 5.2 3.6 2.3 1.4 1.6

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

7.8 15.1 19.6 23.1 17.5 10.9 4.0 1.3 0.3 0.1 -

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

23.8 39.2 13.9 11.3 6.8 3.3 1.3 0.4 0.1 - -

Construction and Extraction Occupations

2.3 6.7 13.7 21.2 19.4 16.3 11.2 6.6 2.1 0.5 0.2

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

3.4 7.8 12.1 19.2 21.0 18.3 12.1 4.7 1.1 0.2 -

Production Occupations

8.2 18.0 19.5 21.3 16.0 9.9 4.7 1.8 0.5 0.1 -

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

13.6 20.3 17.8 18.4 14.7 8.0 4.6 1.4 0.6 0.4 0.3

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016

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