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Friday, May 17, 2013

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Miami-
Miami Beach-Kendall, May 2012

Workers in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metropolitan Division had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.53 in May 2012, about 7 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly lower than their respective national averages in 13 of the 22 major occupational groups, including production; building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; and construction and extraction. One group, management, had significantly higher wages than their respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including sales and related, office and administrative support, and protective service. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; management; and education, training, and library. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

One occupational group—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall had 197,260 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 19.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 16.4-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.51, measurably below the national wage of $16.54.

With employment of 22,770, customer service representatives was the largest occupation within the office and administrative support group, followed by secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (21,370) and general office clerks (21,240). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants with mean hourly wages of $25.61 and $21.30, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were stock clerks and order fillers ($11.18) and hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($11.65). (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/2012/may/oes_33124.htm.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metropolitan Division, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Miami United States Miami Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $20.53* -7

Management

4.9 3.3* 52.20 56.74* 9

Business and financial operations

4.9 5.3* 33.44 32.02* -4

Computer and mathematical

2.7 1.7* 38.55 34.26* -11

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.0* 37.98 33.92* -11

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.4* 32.87 32.87 0

Community and social services

1.4 1.2* 21.27 19.62* -8

Legal

0.8 1.5* 47.39 52.86 12

Education, training, and library

6.4 5.1* 24.62 23.70 -4

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.4 26.20 24.70 -6

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 6.4* 35.35 32.13* -9

Healthcare support

3.0 2.5* 13.36 12.34* -8

Protective service

2.5 3.7* 20.70 20.09 -3

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 9.3* 10.28 10.36 1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.3 12.34 10.51* -15

Personal care and service

2.9 3.0 11.80 11.44* -3

Sales and related

10.6 14.3* 18.26 18.70 2

Office and administrative support

16.4 19.7* 16.54 15.51* -6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.4 11.65 9.88* -15

Construction and extraction

3.8 2.3* 21.61 19.02* -12

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.7* 21.09 19.05* -10

Production

6.6 3.4* 16.59 13.98* -16

Transportation and material moving

6.7 7.1 16.15 16.75 4

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Miami 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.

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 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metropolitan Division, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, cargo and freight agents were employed at 6.1 times the national rate in Miami, and file clerks, at 2.4 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in Miami, 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 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 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 for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm .

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Miami metropolitan division 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 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. The sample in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metropolitan Division included 5,133 establishments with a response rate of 74 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.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 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. Metropolitan Division  includes Miami-Dade County.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro4/home.htm. 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/2012/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.

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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metropolitan Division, May 2012
Occupation (1)Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

197,2601.2$15.51$32,250

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

11,0801.125.6153,270

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

1,1401.211.7924,520

Telephone Operators

600.717.1535,670

Bill and Account Collectors

2,9601.016.0033,280

Billing and Posting Clerks

3,5801.015.8132,890

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

12,8401.016.3233,950

Gaming Cage Workers

400.313.5128,100

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

8600.717.5636,520

Procurement Clerks

4900.917.1935,750

Tellers

5,5101.313.4227,910

Financial Clerks, All Other

2400.819.6640,890

Brokerage Clerks

9902.118.4938,460

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

1600.416.3734,040

Customer Service Representatives

22,7701.314.2129,570

File Clerks

2,9602.414.6030,370

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

2,3601.311.6524,230

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

1,7401.214.7130,600

Library Assistants, Clerical

(5)(5)12.8526,740

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

1,3500.917.1235,600

New Accounts Clerks

2700.615.3831,990

Order Clerks

2,1901.413.5428,170

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

1,1401.117.1735,720

Receptionists and Information Clerks

9,8001.312.0725,100

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

4,7804.615.6832,610

Information and Record Clerks, All Other

4,2403.118.3938,240

Cargo and Freight Agents

3,7106.118.8739,250

Couriers and Messengers

6401.114.5030,160

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

5000.7(5)(5)

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

1,1500.816.6534,630

Meter Readers, Utilities

1300.418.9739,450

Postal Service Clerks

4900.924.9151,820

Postal Service Mail Carriers

2,1300.926.3354,760

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

1,2101.223.3448,550

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

1,3900.718.2938,040

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

8,0101.513.2827,610

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

17,6801.311.1823,250

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

4600.911.7124,370

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

8,1301.321.3044,290

Legal Secretaries

3,3402.020.7243,100

Medical Secretaries

2,2100.614.5130,190

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

21,3701.314.7230,630

Computer Operators

3400.619.2239,970

Data Entry Keyers

2,3801.513.0327,100

Word Processors and Typists

4500.614.5030,170

Desktop Publishers

600.516.3133,920

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

2,3501.416.0033,280

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

1,2101.512.3525,690

Office Clerks, General

21,2401.012.9426,910

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

4200.813.1627,380

Statistical Assistants

(5)(5)17.7136,840

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

9400.516.6934,720

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division,see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_33124.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: May 17, 2013