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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Occupational Employment And Wages For Teachers In Mississippi's Metropolitan Areas, May 2013

Secondary school teachers in Mississippi earned an average (mean) annual wage of $42,820, while middle school teachers averaged $41,760, and elementary school teachers averaged $41,490, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that average wages for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the five metropolitan areas in Mississippi were significantly below the national averages for these occupations. Nationwide, the average annual wage for secondary school teachers was $58,260, middle school teachers earned $56,630, and elementary school teachers earned $56,320. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in Mississippi, please see the Technical Note.)

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States, Mississippi, and metropolitan areas in Mississippi, May 2013
Area Secondary School Middle School Elementary School

United States

$58,260 $56,630 $56,320

Mississippi

42,820* 41,760* 41,490*

Gulfport-Biloxi

43,540* 42,510* 42,350*

Hattiesburg

42,380* 45,190* 40,150*

Jackson

43,280* 42,070* 41,390*

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

51,110* 48,860* 52,070*

Pascagoula

45,110* 43,650* 45,290*

* The mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

Of the five metropolitan areas located entirely or partially in the state, Memphis had the largest number of secondary school teachers (4,430), middle school teachers (4,020), and elementary school teachers (6,260). Jackson had a combined employment of 6,600 for the three selected occupations, about 20 percent of the state's employment in these occupations. Gulfport-Biloxi (2,440) was the only other metropolitan area where combined employment in the three selected occupations exceeded 2,000. (See table B.)

Table B. Employment of secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States, Mississippi, and metropolitan areas in Mississippi, May 2013
Area Secondary School Middle School Elementary School

United States

946,730 621,970 1,344,240

Mississippi

10,670 7,610 14,290

Gulfport-Biloxi

880 490 1,070

Hattiesburg

560 320 610

Jackson

2,190 1,670 2,740

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

4,430 4,020 6,260

Pascagoula

450 380 760

Wages for secondary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Mississippi

Memphis, at $51,110, was the highest-paying metropolitan area in Mississippi for secondary school teachers, followed by Pascagoula at $45,110. Annual wages in the three other metropolitan areas ranged from $43,540 in Gulfport-Biloxi to $42,380 in Hattiesburg.

Wages for middle school teachers in metropolitan areas in Mississippi

Middle school teachers in Memphis had an average annual salary of $48,860. In the state's four other metropolitan areas, annual wages for middle school teachers ranged from $45,190 in Hattiesburg to $42,070 in Jackson.

Wages for elementary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Mississippi

At $52,070, Memphis was the highest-paying metropolitan area in Mississippi for elementary school teachers. Pascagoula recorded the second-highest wage for elementary school teachers at $45,290. Annual wages in the three other metropolitan areas ranged from $42,350 in Gulfport-Biloxi to $40,150 in Hattiesburg.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between the BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Department of Employment Security in Mississippi.

The OES wage data for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the state and metropolitan areas were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wage 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 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. 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 2013 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 .

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Metropolitan 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.

Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Hancock, Harrison, and Stone Counties in Mississippi.

Hattiesburg, Miss. MSA includes Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties in Mississippi.

Jackson, Miss. MSA includes Copiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, and Simpson Counties in Mississippi.

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. MSA includes Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton Counties in Tennessee; DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica Counties in Mississippi; and Crittenden County in Arkansas.

Pascagoula, Miss. MSA includes George and Jackson Counties in Mississippi.

 

Last Modified Date: July 30, 2014