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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Lincoln — May 2014

Workers in the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.30 in May 2014, about 11 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, 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 higher than their respective national averages in 1 of the 22 major occupational groups. Fifteen groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including computer and mathematical; legal; and life, physical, and social science.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; transportation and material moving; and business and financial operations. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including management; protective service; and sales and related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2014
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Lincoln United States Lincoln Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.71 $20.30* -11

Management

5.0 4.0* 54.08 47.29* -13

Business and financial operations

5.1 6.1* 34.81 30.18* -13

Computer and mathematical

2.8 3.1 40.37 29.89* -26

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.5* 39.19 32.66* -17

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 1.1* 33.69 25.99* -23

Community and social services

1.4 2.1* 21.79 17.46* -20

Legal

0.8 0.6* 48.61 40.90* -16

Education, training, and library

6.2 6.1* 25.10 25.06 0

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.4 26.82 22.41* -16

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.8 5.6 36.54 33.09* -9

Healthcare support

2.9 2.3* 13.86 14.00 1

Protective service

2.4 1.5* 21.14 20.45 -3

Food preparation and serving related

9.1 9.4 10.57 9.77* -8

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.0* 12.68 11.41* -10

Personal care and service

3.1 (2) 12.01 11.38* -5

Sales and related

10.5 9.7* 18.59 15.85* -15

Office and administrative support

16.0 17.5* 17.08 15.26* -11

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 12.09 17.06* 41

Construction and extraction

3.9 4.0 22.40 18.86* -16

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.5* 21.74 21.52 -1

Production

6.6 6.8 17.06 17.38 2

Transportation and material moving

6.8 7.9* 16.57 18.31 11

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Lincoln is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
(2) Estimate not released
* 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—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Lincoln had 29,640 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 17.5 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 16.0-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.26, significantly below the national wage of $17.08.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included office clerks, general (4,410), customer service representatives (3,190), and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (2,830). Among the higher paying jobs were postal service mail carriers; and postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators, with mean hourly wages of $24.98 and $23.30, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($8.68) and stock clerks and order fillers ($10.74). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2014/may/oes_30700.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 Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, interviewers, except eligibility and loan were employed at 6.4 times the national rate in Lincoln, and insurance claims and policy processing clerks, at 2.3 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Lincoln, 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 Nebraska Department of Labor.

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. May 2014 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, and November 2011. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 74.3 percent based on establishments and 70.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.1 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 Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,865 establishments with a response rate of 86 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 2014 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 Lincoln, Neb. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Lancaster and Seward 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/2014/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, Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2014
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

29,640 1.1 $15.26 $31,750

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

1,780 1.0 23.00 47,840

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

170 1.3 12.02 25,000

Bill and Account Collectors

(5) (5) 19.54 40,640

Billing and Posting Clerks

450 0.7 15.07 31,350

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

2,370 1.2 16.08 33,440

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

160 0.8 18.68 38,850

Procurement Clerks

130 1.5 16.12 33,530

Tellers

690 1.1 11.20 23,300

Brokerage Clerks

50 0.7 19.65 40,870

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

100 0.7 17.88 37,200

Customer Service Representatives

3,190 1.0 14.67 30,520

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

90 0.6 17.60 36,620

File Clerks

100 0.5 12.68 26,360

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

240 0.8 8.68 18,050

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

1,540 6.4 12.74 26,510

Library Assistants, Clerical

60 0.5 12.50 25,990

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

270 1.0 19.65 40,870

New Accounts Clerks

150 2.3 15.26 31,730

Order Clerks

(5) (5) 11.87 24,690

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

270 1.6 17.00 35,360

Receptionists and Information Clerks

1,050 0.9 12.79 26,590

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

30 0.2 12.38 25,760

Couriers and Messengers

210 2.3 11.17 23,220

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

70 0.6 18.36 38,190

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

200 0.8 19.29 40,110

Postal Service Clerks

60 0.7 22.81 47,450

Postal Service Mail Carriers

290 0.7 24.98 51,970

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

120 0.8 23.30 48,470

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

320 0.9 21.64 45,010

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

340 0.4 15.40 32,030

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

2,320 1.0 10.74 22,330

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

130 1.6 14.81 30,800

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

1,300 1.5 20.33 42,290

Legal Secretaries

190 0.7 18.26 37,970

Medical Secretaries

410 0.6 17.59 36,580

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

2,830 1.0 15.94 33,160

Computer Operators

200 2.8 15.06 31,320

Data Entry Keyers

310 1.2 13.00 27,050

Word Processors and Typists

60 0.6 15.99 33,250

Desktop Publishers

40 2.3 16.42 34,160

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

720 2.3 17.42 36,240

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

210 1.7 12.91 26,860

Office Clerks, General

4,410 1.2 11.75 24,440

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

280 1.0 18.33 38,130

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Lincoln, NE, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30700.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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015