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Occupational Employment and Wages in Madison, Wis. MSA – May 2012


Workers in the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.16 in May 2012, compared to the nationwide average of $22.01, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 4 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction; installation, maintenance, and repair; and production. Nine groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal; life, physical, and social science; and architecture and engineering.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including business and financial operations; computer and mathematical; and life, physical, and social science. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including sales and related; transportation and material moving; and food preparation and serving related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

 

 

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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $22.16 1

Management

4.9 5.3* 52.20 47.69* -9

Business and financial operations

4.9 6.7* 33.44 29.57* -12

Computer and mathematical

2.7 4.5* 38.55 33.70* -13

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.9 37.98 32.45* -15

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 2.3* 32.87 27.33* -17

Community and social services

1.4 1.5 21.27 19.90 -6

Legal

0.8 0.7* 47.39 37.17* -22

Education, training, and library

6.4 7.1 24.62 25.38 3

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.7* 26.20 23.96* -9

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 6.2 35.35 33.60* -5

Healthcare support

3.0 2.6* 13.36 13.73 3

Protective service

2.5 1.5* 20.70 20.22 -2

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 7.9* 10.28 10.27 0

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.2 12.34 12.98 5

Personal care and service

2.9 3.2 11.80 12.16 3

Sales and related

10.6 9.1* 18.26 18.34 0

Office and administrative support

16.4 16.7 16.54 16.71 1

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 11.65 14.81* 27

Construction and extraction

3.8 2.9* 21.61 24.57* 14

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.3* 21.09 21.74* 3

Production

6.6 5.9* 16.59 17.21* 4

Transportation and material moving

6.7 5.8* 16.15 15.32* -5

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Madison 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—life, physical, and social science—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Madison had 7,600 jobs in life, physical, and social science, accounting for 2.3 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 0.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $27.33, measurably below the national wage of $32.87.

With employment of 1,820, medical scientists, except epidemiologists was the largest occupation within the life, physical, and social science group, followed by biological technicians (1,020) and biochemists and biophysicists (350). Among the higher paying jobs were atmospheric and space scientists along with animal scientists, with mean hourly wages of $38.41 and $37.78, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were forest and conservation technicians ($15.50) and agricultural and food science technicians ($17.09). (Detailed occupational data for life, physical, and social science are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_31540.htm)

Location quotients allow for the exploration of an area’s occupational make-up 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 Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the life, physical, and social science group. For instance, medical scientists, except epidemiologists were employed at 7.4 times the national rate in Madison, and microbiologists, at 6.3 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, clinical, counseling, and school psychologists had a location quotient of 1.2 in Madison, 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 Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

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 Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area 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 Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,922 establishments with a response rate of 75 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 Madison, Wis. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Columbia, Dane, and Iowa Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro5/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: 1-800-877-8339.

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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual(4)

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

7,1202.6$28.77$59,840

Animal Scientists

10018.433.2069,060

Food Scientists and Technologists

802.534.3171,360

Soil and Plant Scientists

1705.725.5253,080

Biochemists and Biophysicists

1402.226.9556,050

Microbiologists

2505.526.8555,840

Biological Scientists, All Other

2803.428.9460,200

Conservation Scientists

2505.231.6665,840

Foresters

401.924.1350,190

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

1,4806.025.4552,940

Physicists

1303.237.6378,260

Atmospheric and Space Scientists

1104.437.6778,360

Chemists

3301.628.5659,400

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

3601.729.7361,840

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

901.037.4577,900

Hydrologists

1005.432.5367,660

Physical Scientists, All Other

(5)(5)40.4184,060

Economists

1002.840.4884,200

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

3301.331.5565,630

Sociologists

304.640.0083,200

Urban and Regional Planners

1401.434.7872,330

Anthropologists and Archeologists

402.719.8641,300

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

2102.628.7059,700

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

1202.715.5932,430

Biological Technicians

3601.916.2633,830

Chemical Technicians

1501.018.3338,130

Social Science Research Assistants

600.920.9643,590

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

700.917.5236,440

Forest and Conservation Technicians

700.914.5430,240

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

3402.221.0443,770

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Madison, WI, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_31540.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: July 08, 2013