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Occupational Employment and Wages in Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, May 2014

Workers in the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $24.16 in May 2014, about 6 percent above the nationwide average of $22.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden 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 legal; protective service; and life, physical, and social science.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including sales and related; food preparation and serving related; and management. Conversely, eight groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including healthcare practitioners and technical; protective service; and transportation and material moving. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.71 $24.16* 6


5.0 5.7* 54.08 56.15* 4

Business and financial operations

5.1 5.7* 34.81 35.85 3

Computer and mathematical

2.8 2.4* 40.37 42.34* 5

Architecture and engineering

1.8 2.4* 39.19 43.39* 11

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 1.5* 33.69 39.84* 18

Community and social services

1.4 1.4 21.79 23.94* 10


0.8 0.6* 48.61 56.36* 16

Education, training, and library

6.2 6.1 25.10 25.76 3

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.1* 26.82 27.38 2

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 4.3* 36.54 42.54* 16

Healthcare support

2.9 2.7 13.86 15.12* 9

Protective service

2.4 1.5* 21.14 28.80* 36

Food preparation and serving related

9.1 10.0* 10.57 11.05* 5

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.9* 12.68 14.31* 13

Personal care and service

3.1 3.1 12.01 13.53* 13

Sales and related

10.5 11.5* 18.59 19.65* 6

Office and administrative support

16.0 15.6 17.08 18.63* 9

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 2.2* 12.09 10.99* -9

Construction and extraction

3.9 3.6 22.40 24.33* 9

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.4* 21.74 22.85* 5


6.6 6.4 17.06 16.88 -1

Transportation and material moving

6.8 6.0* 16.57 16.04 -3

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Oxnard 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—sales and related—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura had 34,180 jobs in sales and related, accounting for 11.5 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 10.5-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $19.65, significantly above the national wage of $18.59.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the sales and related group included retail salespersons (11,700), cashiers (8,230), and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, except technical and scientific products (3,070). Among the higher paying jobs were sales engineers, and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives of technical and scientific products, with mean hourly wages of $48.54 and $46.05, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were cashiers ($11.80) and retail salespersons ($12.76). (Detailed occupational data for sales and related 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 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the sales and related group. For instance, counter and rental clerks were employed at 1.7 times the national rate in Oxnard. On the other hand, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, except technical and scientific products, had a location quotient of 1.0 in Oxnard, 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 California Employment Development Department.


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 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,903 establishments with a response rate of 72 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 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Ventura County.

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, Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2014
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Sales and Related Occupations

34,180 1.1 $19.65 $40,870

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

2,880 1.1 21.66 45,050

First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

470 0.9 36.42 75,750


8,230 1.1 11.80 24,540

Counter and Rental Clerks

1,640 1.7 15.21 31,630

Parts Salespersons

500 1.0 17.32 36,020

Retail Salespersons

11,700 1.2 12.76 26,540

Advertising Sales Agents

170 0.5 26.59 55,310

Insurance Sales Agents

930 1.1 31.64 65,810

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

680 1.0 38.87 80,840

Travel Agents

100 0.7 19.03 39,590

Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

1,820 1.0 30.02 62,430

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

860 1.2 46.05 95,770

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

3,070 1.0 (5) (5)

Demonstrators and Product Promoters

270 1.5 14.37 29,900

Real Estate Brokers

110 1.3 (5) (5)

Real Estate Sales Agents

100 0.3 29.04 60,400

Sales Engineers

160 1.1 48.54 100,960


170 0.3 16.20 33,700

Sales and Related Workers, All Other

310 1.6 18.43 38,340

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, 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.


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