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Occupational Employment and Wages in Nassau-Suffolk - May 2014

Workers in the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division had an average (mean) hourly wage of $25.91 in May 2014, about 14 percent above the nationwide average of $22.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 16 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, construction and extraction, and healthcare practitioners and technical. No group had an hourly wage significantly lower than its respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 9 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; education, training, and library; and personal care and service. Conversely, 12 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, transportation and material moving, and computer and mathematical. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.71 $25.91* 14


5.0 4.4* 54.08 65.15* 20

Business and Financial Operations

5.1 4.1* 34.81 37.97* 9

Computer and Mathematical

2.8 1.7* 40.37 39.94 -1

Architecture and Engineering

1.8 1.2* 39.19 38.89 -1

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.8 0.8 33.69 32.87 -2

Community and Social Services

1.4 1.3* 21.79 26.81* 23


0.8 0.9* 48.61 47.60 -2

Education, Training, and Library

6.2 8.0* 25.10 32.11* 28

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.3 1.2* 26.82 27.38 2

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

5.8 6.4* 36.54 44.76* 22

Healthcare Support

2.9 3.5* 13.86 16.22* 17

Protective Service

2.4 2.3* 21.14 26.67* 26

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.1 8.0* 10.57 12.08* 14

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.2 4.0* 12.68 15.62* 23

Personal Care and Service

3.1 4.1* 12.01 13.42* 12

Sales and Related

10.5 11.2* 18.59 21.54* 16

Office and Administrative Support

16.0 19.5* 17.08 19.39* 14

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.3 0.1* 12.09 13.01 8

Construction and Extraction

3.9 4.6* 22.40 30.80* 38

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.9 3.3* 21.74 24.55* 13


6.6 4.1* 17.06 17.88* 5

Transportation and Material Moving

6.8 5.3* 16.57 19.08* 15

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Nassau-Suffolk 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—education, training, and library—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Nassau-Suffolk had 101,420 jobs in education, training, and library, accounting for 8.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.2-percent share nationally. The average annual wage for this occupational group locally was $66,780, significantly above the national wage of $52,210.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the education, training, and library group included teacher assistants (21,020); secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education (12,560); and elementary school teachers, except special education (11,700). Among the higher paying jobs were physics teachers, postsecondary ($104,350); secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education ($98,950); and engineering teachers, postsecondary ($98,510). At the lower end of the wage scale were teachers assistants ($29,350), library technicians ($31,690); and preschool teachers, except special education ($32,440). (Detailed occupational data for education, training, and library are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to .)

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 Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the education, training, and library group. For instance, special education teachers, preschool were employed at 4.2 times the national rate in Nassau-Suffolk, and special education teachers, secondary school, at 2.6 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, health specialties teachers, postsecondary had a location quotient of 1.0 in Nassau-Suffolk, 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 New York State Department of Labor.


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 Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division included 6,376 establishments with a response rate of 75 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

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 and, 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 and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at

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 Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y. Metropolitan Division includes Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at

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, Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division, May 2014
Occupation(1) Employment Mean
Level (2) Location quotient (3)

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

101,420 1.3 $66,780

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

1,120 1.4 78,580

Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

310 0.9 78,100

Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

510 1.0 84,490

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary

(5) (5) 77,140

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

770 2.3 98,510

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

420 0.8 91,980

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

140 1.4 88,200

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

280 1.4 84,660

Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

60 1.2 87,520

Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

250 1.9 104,350

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

80 1.4 77,090

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

90 1.0 68,660

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

110 0.8 95,280

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

110 0.7 71,450

Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

310 0.9 78,970

Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

130 0.8 75,490

Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other

180 1.7 72,420

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

1,590 1.0 81,620

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

400 0.8 79,860

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

590 1.1 68,350

Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary

50 1.2 75,300

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

(5) (5) 75,000

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

330 1.2 75,760

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

750 1.1 71,140

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

270 0.9 66,650

History Teachers, Postsecondary

220 1.0 77,250

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

200 0.9 70,220

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

260 1.5 66,370

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

690 0.6 56,360

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other

510 0.3 63,420

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

4,320 1.3 32,440

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

1,370 0.9 96,050

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

11,700 0.9 96,910

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

6,270 1.1 98,410

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School

340 2.6 94,050

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

12,560 1.4 98,950

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

660 0.9 93,370

Special Education Teachers, Preschool

930 4.2 69,630

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

2,970 1.6 86,370

Special Education Teachers, Middle School

1,520 1.7 96,860

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

3,230 2.6 99,350

Special Education Teachers, All Other

80 0.2 74,760

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

660 1.1 72,740

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

4,710 2.5 41,850

Teachers and Instructors, All Other, Except Substitute Teachers

1,420 0.6 57,920

Substitute Teachers

9,510 1.6 36,490


30 0.7 67,380


70 0.7 44,510


2,530 2.0 75,740

Library Technicians

1,420 1.6 31,690

Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists

(5) (5) 53,460

Instructional Coordinators

1,270 1.0 80,140

Teacher Assistants

21,020 1.9 29,350

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division, see
(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, May 06, 2015