For release: Monday, January 25, 2010                                             NYLS - 7415

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                  Highlights of Rochester, New York
              National Compensation Survey - March 2009
                                   
Workers in the Rochester, New York metropolitan area earned an
average of $20.44 per hour in March 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael L. Dolfman
noted that wage data from the National Compensation Survey (NCS)
were reported for workers in a wide range of occupational groups,
including average hourly earnings of $25.41 for healthcare
practitioner and technical occupations and $23.83 for construction
and extraction occupations. Another occupational group, office and
administrative support, had a mean hourly wage rate of $15.74. The
NCS data available for the Rochester area include earnings for 20
major occupational groups with additional detail for selected
occupations within those groups. (See table 1.)
      
Registered nurses, part of the healthcare practitioner and technical
occupational group, earned $29.10 per hour. Within the construction
and extraction occupational group, electricians averaged $25.37 per
hour. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, an occupation
within the office and administrative support group, registered an
average hourly rate of $17.04 an hour, while secretaries, except
legal, medical, and executive, earned $15.94 per hour. (See table 1.)
      
Broad coverage of selected occupational characteristics is available
from the NCS for the local area. Full-time workers averaged $22.13
per hour while their part-time counterparts earned $11.46. Union
workers earned $24.51 and non-union workers, $19.53. Workers in
establishments with 1-99 workers averaged $17.32 per hour, those in
establishments with 100-499 workers earned $17.91, and those in
establishments with 500 or more employees earned $25.55.
 
The occupational wage data available from the NCS may be used by
businesses for establishing pay plans, making decisions concerning
plant relocation, and in collective bargaining negotiations.
Individuals may use such data to help choose potential careers. NCS
results also include the work level and respective earnings for
occupations determined by a point factor leveling process. The four
occupational leveling factors are:  knowledge, job controls and
complexity, contacts, and physical environment. Details on the NCS
are available at http://www.bls.gov/ncs/home.htm.
      
The NCS data reported here covered 226 establishments with one or
more workers in private industry and State and local governments.
Agricultural establishments, private households, the self-employed,
and the Federal Government were excluded from the survey. This
sample of establishments
represented  464,500 workers in the Rochester Metropolitan
Statistical Area which is comprised of Livingston, Monroe, Ontario,
Orleans, and Wayne Counties in New York.
      
Survey Availability
      
Complete survey results are contained in the Rochester, NY National
Compensation Survey March 2009 which is available on the Internet in
both text and PDF formats at http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/compub.htm.
      
For personal assistance or further information on the National
Compensation Survey, as well as other Bureau data, contact the New
York Information Office by calling (646) 264-3600 from 9:00 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

Table 1. Civilian workers: Mean hourly earnings(1) for full-time and part-time workers(2), Rochester, NY, March 2009
                                                                                                                                        
                                                                               Total           Full-time workers     Part-time workers  
                                                                                                                                        
                            Occupation(3)                                                                                               
                                                                                   Relative              Relative              Relative 
                                                                          Mean     error(4)     Mean     error(4)     Mean     error(4) 
                                                                                   (percent)             (percent)             (percent)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
All workers...........................................................   $20.44       4.1      $22.13       4.3      $11.46       5.4   
                                                                                                                                        
  Management occupations..............................................    42.52      12.5       42.52      12.5                       
    Education administrators..........................................    61.59      42.2       61.59      42.2                       
      Education administrators, postsecondary.........................    62.61      44.0       62.61      44.0                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Business and financial operations occupations.......................    24.93       8.1       25.27       8.0                       
    Accountants and auditors..........................................    23.02      12.9       23.02      12.9                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Computer and mathematical science occupations.......................    33.18       8.5       33.18       8.5                       
    Computer systems analysts.........................................    34.78      10.1       34.78      10.1                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Architecture and engineering occupations............................    33.24      10.8       33.24      10.8                       
    Engineers.........................................................    37.91       3.2       37.91       3.2                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Life, physical, and social science occupations......................    21.79      14.1       21.79      14.1                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Community and social services occupations...........................    25.31       9.9       25.40      10.9                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Education, training, and library occupations........................    38.13      13.9       40.12      14.2       12.31       5.0   
    Postsecondary teachers............................................    66.18      24.9       67.18      25.6                       
      Arts, communications, and humanities teachers, postsecondary....    47.51       1.6                                           
    Primary, secondary, and special education school teachers.........    36.27       5.5       36.62       4.9                       
      Elementary and middle school teachers...........................    32.74       5.3       33.29       4.5                       
        Elementary school teachers, except special education..........    32.90       5.9       33.57       4.6                       
      Secondary school teachers.......................................    40.24       1.1       40.24       1.1                       
    Teacher assistants................................................    11.83       8.0       12.47      13.3                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations..........    26.46      13.6       24.45      12.0                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations...................    25.41       7.0       25.41       6.9       25.40      19.4   
    Registered nurses.................................................    29.10       3.7       29.16       4.0       28.70       1.4   
    Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians.................    19.97      17.3       19.97      17.3                       
    Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.................    18.10        .7       17.98        .7                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Healthcare support occupations......................................    11.95       5.1       12.08       5.3       10.79        .6   
    Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides.......................    11.59       5.9       11.73       6.8       10.79        .6   
      Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants........................    12.14       5.9       12.77       5.4                       
    Miscellaneous healthcare support occupations......................    12.26       2.9       12.26       2.9                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Protective service occupations......................................    25.91       6.2       26.88       6.9                       
    Security guards and gaming surveillance officers..................    15.59       7.9                                           
      Security guards.................................................    15.59       7.9                                           
                                                                                                                                        
  Food preparation and serving related occupations....................     9.03       9.7       10.11      13.1        7.41       2.4   
    Cooks.............................................................     9.69      10.5                                           
    Food service, tipped..............................................     5.38       9.2                            5.68       9.6   
    Fast food and counter workers.....................................     9.26       9.6                            8.01       1.8   
      Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast                                                                     
         food.........................................................     8.97       8.1                                           
                                                                                                                                        
  Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations...........    10.47       9.4       10.57       9.6                       
    Building cleaning workers.........................................    10.48       9.6       10.59       9.8                       
      Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners...    11.69       7.1       11.79       7.1                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Personal care and service occupations...............................    18.45      26.7                           17.89      28.5   
                                                                                                                                        
  Sales and related occupations.......................................    16.86       6.2       20.64       8.5       10.18      11.5   
    First-line supervisors/managers, sales workers....................    21.85      13.8                                           
      First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers.........    21.85      13.8                                           
    Retail sales workers..............................................    12.23      13.3       15.69      20.8        8.89       6.0   
      Cashiers, all workers...........................................     9.73      10.8       12.30      13.1        7.99       6.2   
        Cashiers......................................................     9.73      10.8       12.30      13.1        7.99       6.2   
      Retail salespersons.............................................    14.74      21.4       17.98      29.0       10.22       2.2   
    Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing................    34.60      25.9       34.60      25.9                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Office and administrative support occupations.......................    15.74       4.8       16.28       5.1       11.25       5.6   
    First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative                                                                        
       support workers................................................    21.06      11.5       21.06      11.5                       
    Financial clerks..................................................    16.81      11.1       16.97      10.9                       
      Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks....................    17.04       4.2       17.04       4.2                       
    Customer service representatives..................................    16.56       9.2       16.89      11.3                       
    Receptionists and information clerks..............................    14.53      16.1                                           
    Stock clerks and order fillers....................................    12.33       9.4       14.62      11.4                       
    Secretaries and administrative assistants.........................    16.33      10.5       16.56      11.6                       
      Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive...............    15.94       6.0       16.89       5.4                       
    Data entry and information processing workers.....................    13.24      13.8       13.25      14.0                       
    Office clerks, general............................................    13.32       3.5       14.05       5.2                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Construction and extraction occupations.............................    23.83       4.8       23.99       4.9                       
    Electricians......................................................    25.37       7.7       25.37       7.7                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations...................    19.75       7.9       20.00       8.7                       
    Automotive technicians and repairers..............................    16.68      14.0       17.05      14.8                       
      Automotive service technicians and mechanics....................    16.68      14.0       17.05      14.8                       
    Industrial machinery installation, repair, and maintenance workers    17.89       3.4       17.89       3.4                       
      Maintenance and repair workers, general.........................    17.65       4.5       17.65       4.5                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Production occupations..............................................    15.13       6.9       16.79       4.1                       
    Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers.........    11.52      14.0                                           
    Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators..........................    11.65      10.9       13.91       7.0                       
    Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers..............    16.88      13.7       16.88      13.7                       
    Miscellaneous production workers..................................    15.15      20.0       16.50       7.7                       
                                                                                                                                        
  Transportation and material moving occupations......................    12.72       5.4       14.04       5.2       10.51       7.5   
    Driver/sales workers and truck drivers............................    13.87       7.6       14.10       7.5                       
      Truck drivers, light or delivery services.......................    12.84      12.9                                           
    Industrial truck and tractor operators............................    11.44      13.7                                           
    Laborers and material movers, hand................................    10.22       8.3       10.67       5.4        9.84      13.1   
      Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand..........    11.56       8.6                           11.32      13.0   

  1 Earnings are the straight-time hourly wages or salaries paid to employees. They include incentive pay, cost-of-living adjustments,
and hazard pay. Excluded are premium pay for overtime, vacations, holidays, nonproduction bonuses, and tips. The mean is computed by
totaling the pay of all workers and dividing by the number of workers, weighted by hours.
  2 Employees are classified as working either a full-time or a part-time schedule based on the definition used by each establishment.
Therefore, a worker with a 35-hour-per-week schedule might be considered a full-time employee in one establishment, but classified as
part-time in another firm, where a 40-hour week is the minimum full-time schedule.
  3 Workers are classified by occupation using the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
  4 The relative standard error (RSE) is the standard error expressed as a percent of the estimate. It can be used to calculate a
"confidence interval" around a sample estimate.

 

Last Modified Date: January 29, 2010