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Occupational Employment and Wages in Dayton, Ohio — May 2015

Workers in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.12 in May 2015, about 5 percent below the nationwide average of $23.23, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 14 of the 22 major occupational groups including legal; computer and mathematical; and management. Two groups had significantly higher wages than their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical; production; and healthcare support. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including construction and extraction; office and administrative support; and personal care and service. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2015
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Dayton United States Dayton Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $23.23 $22.12* -5

Management

5.0 4.4* 55.30 50.41* -9

Business and Financial Operations

5.1 5.6* 35.48 33.74* -5

Computer and Mathematical

2.9 3.1* 41.43 36.30* -12

Architecture and Engineering

1.8 2.7* 39.89 40.20 1

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.8 0.7* 34.24 38.50* 12

Community and Social Services

1.4 1.4 22.19 21.35 -4

Legal

0.8 0.5* 49.74 40.75* -18

Education, Training, and Library

6.2 6.2 25.48 26.62 4

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.3 1.2* 27.39 22.95* -16

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

5.8 7.7* 37.40 35.65 -5

Healthcare Support

2.9 3.9* 14.19 13.20* -7

Protective Service

2.4 2.0* 21.45 20.63 -4

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.1 9.8* 10.98 10.33* -6

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.2 3.2 13.02 12.38* -5

Personal Care and Service

3.1 2.2* 12.33 11.44* -7

Sales and Related

10.5 9.7* 18.90 16.97* -10

Office and Administrative Support

15.8 14.8* 17.47 16.51* -5

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.3 0.1* 12.67 13.72* 8

Construction and Extraction

4.0 2.3* 22.88 21.24* -7

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.9 3.6* 22.11 20.92* -5

Production

6.6 8.1* 17.41 16.97 -3

Transportation and Material Moving

6.9 6.6 16.90 14.82* -12

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Dayton is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.
 

One occupational group—healthcare practitioners and technical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Dayton had 28,280 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 7.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $35.65, compared to the national wage of $37.40.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group included registered nurses (10,190); licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (3,410); and pharmacy technicians (1,330). Among the higher paying jobs were surgeons and internists, general, with mean hourly wages of $119.89 and $102.23, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pharmacy technicians ($13.85) and veterinary technologists and technicians ($15.67). (Detailed occupational data for healthcare practitioners and technical are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2015/may/oes_19380.htm .)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, nurse anesthetists were employed at 2.8 times the national rate in Dayton, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, at 1.8 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, surgical technologists had a location quotient of 1.0 in Dayton, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

With the issuance of data for May 2015, the OES program has incorporated redefined metropolitan area definitions as designated by the Office of Management and Budget. OES data are available for 394 metropolitan areas, 38 metropolitan divisions, and 167 OES-defined nonmetropolitan areas. A listing of the areas and their definitions can be found at www.bls.gov/oes/current/msa_def.htm.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations for all industries combined in the nation; the 50 states and the District of Columbia; 432 metropolitan areas and divisions; 167 nonmetropolitan areas; and Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. National estimates are also available by industry for NAICS sectors, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industries, and by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year. May 2015 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, and November 2012. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 73.5 percent based on establishments and 69.6 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.9 percent of total national employment. (Response rates are slightly lower for these estimates due to the federal shutdown in October 2013.) The sample in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,008 establishments with a response rate of 75 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2015 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Dayton, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Greene, Miami, and Montgomery Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2015/may/methods_statement.pdf.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request . Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2015
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

28,280 1.3 $35.65 $74,150

Chiropractors

70 0.8 42.92 89,280

Dentists, General

210 0.8 91.36 190,030

Dietitians and Nutritionists

130 0.8 26.93 56,020

Optometrists

100 1.0 37.62 78,240

Pharmacists

670 0.9 56.83 118,210

Anesthesiologists

(5) (5) (6) (6)

Family and General Practitioners

500 1.5 94.75 197,070

Internists, General

150 1.1 102.23 212,640

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

160 3.0 (5) (5)

Pediatricians, General

140 1.9 67.46 140,310

Psychiatrists

(5) (5) 91.51 190,330

Surgeons

110 1.0 119.89 249,380

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

1,370 1.6 92.13 191,640

Physician Assistants

310 1.2 54.41 113,160

Podiatrists

60 2.6 50.50 105,030

Occupational Therapists

340 1.1 43.48 90,440

Physical Therapists

590 1.1 43.43 90,340

Recreational Therapists

30 0.7 21.32 44,340

Respiratory Therapists

350 1.1 26.29 54,690

Speech-Language Pathologists

480 1.4 41.77 86,880

Therapists, All Other

80 2.8 35.30 73,430

Veterinarians

180 1.0 52.87 109,980

Registered Nurses

10,190 1.4 29.55 61,470

Nurse Anesthetists

290 2.8 67.45 140,300

Nurse Practitioners

420 1.2 47.57 98,940

Audiologists

(5) (5) 30.11 62,620

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

60 0.7 32.70 68,020

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

590 1.4 29.24 60,820

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

560 1.4 18.94 39,400

Dental Hygienists

510 1.0 34.00 70,720

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

90 0.6 26.87 55,890

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

200 1.2 30.39 63,200

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

80 1.6 32.26 67,110

Radiologic Technologists

710 1.4 25.23 52,470

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

130 1.5 28.27 58,800

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

530 0.9 15.95 33,190

Dietetic Technicians

40 0.5 18.06 37,570

Pharmacy Technicians

1,330 1.3 13.85 28,800

Psychiatric Technicians

160 1.0 16.59 34,510

Surgical Technologists

260 1.0 20.40 42,430

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

180 0.7 15.67 32,590

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

(5) (5) 16.20 33,700

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

3,410 1.8 20.70 43,060

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

600 1.2 16.40 34,120

Opticians, Dispensing

290 1.5 15.74 32,730

Orthotists and Prosthetists

(5) (5) 33.14 68,920

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

360 1.3 21.66 45,050

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

270 1.5 33.52 69,720

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

40 1.0 22.11 45,990

Athletic Trainers

90 1.5 (5) 48,080

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

90 0.8 23.51 48,910

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19380.htm.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) Estimates not released.
(6) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, June 20, 2016