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June 04, 2014

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind. MSA – May 2013

Workers in the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.51 in May 2013, about 4 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 3 of the 22 major occupational groups. Thirteen groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal; management; and arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 3 of the 22 occupational groups: transportation and material moving; healthcare practitioners and technical; and management. Conversely, eight groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; 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 Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2013
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Indianapolis United States Indianapolis Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.33 $21.51* -4

Management

4.9 5.2* 53.15 46.75* -12

Business and financial operations

5.0 5.2 34.14 32.13* -6

Computer and mathematical

2.8 3.0 39.43 34.87* -12

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.6 38.51 34.26* -11

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 1.2 33.37 29.94* -10

Community and social services

1.4 1.0* 21.50 22.25 3

Legal

0.8 0.8 47.89 37.15* -22

Education, training, and library

6.3 4.7* 24.76 22.04* -11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.3 26.72 21.83* -18

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 7.1* 35.93 34.83 -3

Healthcare support

3.0 2.7* 13.61 13.61 0

Protective service

2.5 2.3* 20.92 17.97* -14

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 8.9 10.38 9.74* -6

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.0* 12.51 11.88* -5

Personal care and service

3.0 2.3* 11.88 11.34* -5

Sales and related

10.6 10.7 18.37 19.38* 5

Office and administrative support

16.2 15.3* 16.78 16.48* -2

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.70 12.94* 11

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.6 21.94 23.34* 6

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.9 21.35 21.33 0

Production

6.6 6.6 16.79 16.33 -3

Transportation and material moving

6.8 9.5* 16.28 15.89 -2

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Indianapolis 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. Indianapolis-Carmel had 64,600 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 7.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $34.83, compared to the national wage of $35.93.

With employment of 21,540, registered nurses was the largest occupation within the healthcare practitioners and technical group, followed by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (5,750) and pharmacy technicians (3,000). Among the higher paying jobs were psychiatrists along with general internists, with mean hourly wages of $119.58 and $111.80, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were dietetic technicians ($13.79) and pharmacy technicians ($14.33) 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/2013/may/oes_26900.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 Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, respiratory therapists were employed at 1.7 times the national rate in Indianapolis, and nurse practitioners, at 1.5 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, veterinary technologists and technicians had a location quotient of 1.0 in Indianapolis, 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 Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

Note: 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. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. 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 for a 3-year period. May 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. The sample in the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area included 5,055 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 OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm, respectively.

The May 2013 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.

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 Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Boone, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, and Shelby 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/2013/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: 1-800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2013
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual(4)

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

64,600 1.2 $34.83 $72,440

Chiropractors

200 1.0 48.67 101,230

Dentists, General

620 0.9 64.38 133,920

Dietitians and Nutritionists

400 1.0 25.27 52,560

Optometrists

280 1.3 52.93 110,090

Pharmacists

2,270 1.2 53.23 110,710

Anesthesiologists

(5) (5) 99.51 206,980

Family and General Practitioners

560 0.7 84.08 174,880

Internists, General

200 0.6 111.80 232,540

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

140 0.9 109.80 228,370

Pediatricians, General

140 0.7 99.60 207,160

Psychiatrists

70 0.4 119.58 248,730

Surgeons

260 0.9 (6) (6)

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

3,380 1.6 102.23 212,640

Physician Assistants

390 0.6 41.76 86,870

Podiatrists

80 1.3 78.08 162,400

Occupational Therapists

1,100 1.5 37.92 78,880

Physical Therapists

1,810 1.4 39.04 81,210

Radiation Therapists

120 1.0 35.22 73,260

Recreational Therapists

70 0.5 20.17 41,950

Respiratory Therapists

1,370 1.7 25.41 52,850

Speech-Language Pathologists

950 1.1 37.16 77,290

Exercise Physiologists

90 2.2 22.95 47,730

Therapists, All Other

250 3.2 24.83 51,640

Veterinarians

340 0.8 46.83 97,410

Registered Nurses

21,540 1.2 29.90 62,200

Nurse Anesthetists

(5) (5) 92.51 192,430

Nurse Midwives

330 8.7 39.29 81,720

Nurse Practitioners

1,200 1.5 43.61 90,710

Audiologists

140 1.7 32.99 68,620

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

130 0.6 32.76 68,140

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

1,580 1.4 27.89 58,000

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

1,400 1.3 17.77 36,970

Dental Hygienists

1,540 1.2 31.99 66,540

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

540 1.5 27.02 56,210

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

290 0.7 32.44 67,480

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

150 1.1 33.00 68,640

Radiologic Technologists

1,300 1.0 27.19 56,560

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

270 1.2 31.58 65,680

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

1,660 1.0 15.56 32,370

Dietetic Technicians

90 0.5 13.79 28,690

Pharmacy Technicians

3,000 1.2 14.33 29,800

Psychiatric Technicians

320 0.7 14.54 30,250

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

60 0.7 21.66 45,050

Surgical Technologists

860 1.3 20.20 42,010

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

600 1.0 14.91 31,010

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

280 1.2 18.11 37,670

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

5,750 1.2 20.27 42,170

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

1,530 1.2 17.43 36,250

Opticians, Dispensing

620 1.3 15.15 31,510

Orthotists and Prosthetists

(5) (5) 65.80 136,870

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

870 1.4 24.02 49,960

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

550 1.3 27.92 58,070

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

120 1.3 24.93 51,860

Athletic Trainers

350 2.3 (5) 42,360

Genetic Counselors

(5) (5) 32.69 67,990

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

1,660 5.4 29.18 60,690

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Indianapolis-Carmel, IN, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_26900.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) Estimate not released.
(6) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, June 04, 2014