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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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Occupational Employment and Wages in San Antonio-New Braunfels
May 2012


Workers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $19.59 in May 2012, about 11 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, 17 of 22 major occupational groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including construction and extraction, legal, and protective service. No major occupational group in the local area had wages that were significantly above their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, San Antonio employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including food preparation and serving related, personal care and service, and office and administrative support. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, transportation and material moving, and management. (See table A and box note at end of release.)


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

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $19.59 * -11

Management

4.9 4.3 * 52.20 46.59 * -11

Business and financial operations

4.9 5.1 33.44 31.62 * -5

Computer and mathematical

2.7 2.8 38.55 35.54 * -8

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.5 * 37.98 36.43 -4

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.6 * 32.87 31.23 -5

Community and social service

1.4 1.0 * 21.27 21.25 -0

Legal

0.8 0.6 * 47.39 38.47 * -19

Education, training, and library

6.4 6.5 24.62 24.09 -2

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.0 * 26.20 21.11 * -19

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 6.1 35.35 33.65 * -5

Healthcare support

3.0 3.0 13.36 12.28 * -8

Protective service

2.5 2.5 20.70 17.26 * -17

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 10.8 * 10.28 9.46 * -8

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.3 12.34 10.54 * -15

Personal care and service

2.9 4.2 * 11.80 9.54 * -19

Sales and related

10.6 11.3 * 18.26 16.50 * -10

Office and administrative support

16.4 17.6 * 16.54 15.53 * -6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 (2) 11.65 11.27 -3

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.8 21.61 16.99 * -21

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.2 * 21.09 18.41 * -13

Production

6.6 4.4 * 16.59 15.00 * -10

Transportation and material moving

6.7 5.4 * 16.15 13.74 * -15

* 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.
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in San Antonio-New Braunfels is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
(2) Indicates a value of less than 0.05 percent.


One occupational group office and administrative support illustrates the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. San Antonio had 151,420 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 17.6 percent of local area employment, significantly above the national share of 16.4 percent. However, at $15.53 per hour, the local average hourly wage for this occupational group was about six percent below the national average of $16.54.

With employment of 22,230, customer service representatives was the largest occupation within the office and administrative support group, followed by general office clerks (20,300) and secretaries and administrative assistants, excluding legal, medical, and executive (13,690). 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 $25.27 and $23.02, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were and hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($9.89) and stock clerks and order fillers ($11.77). (Detailed occupational data for the office and administrative support group are shown in table 1; for a complete listing of all detailed occupations go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_41700.htm.)

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 San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in a number of the detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, medical secretaries were employed at nearly twice the national rate in San Antonio, and credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks at more than five times the U.S. average. On the other hand, payroll and timekeeping clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in San Antonio, meaning the local employment share in this particular occupation matched the national average.

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 Texas Workforce Commission.

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 San Antonio-New Braunfels 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 San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,851 establishments with a response rate of 66 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 San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties in Texas.


Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro6. 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.


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

Office and administrative support occupations

151,420 1.1 $15.53 $32,300

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

9,820 1.1 25.27 52,560

Switchboard operators, including answering service

1,070 1.3 11.72 24,380

Bill and account collectors

2,700 1.1 16.16 33,620

Billing and posting clerks

3,370 1.0 15.16 31,530

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

9,680 0.9 17.14 35,640

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

1,100 1.0 16.53 34,380

Procurement clerks

590 1.3 18.98 39,470

Tellers

3,030 0.8 11.63 24,200

Financial clerks, all other

60 0.2 21.74 45,220

Brokerage clerks

420 1.0 21.43 44,580

Correspondence clerks

70 1.1 18.03 37,500

Court, municipal, and license clerks

670 0.8 14.36 29,860

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

1,860 5.4 14.27 29,690

Customer service representatives

22,230 1.5 13.80 28,710

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

1,060 1.2 15.32 31,860

File clerks

1,420 1.4 12.78 26,570

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

1,570 1.0 9.89 20,580

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

1,340 1.0 14.08 29,290

Library assistants, clerical

370 0.5 12.60 26,200

Loan interviewers and clerks

2,330 1.8 18.09 37,630

New accounts clerks

780 2.1 14.57 30,310

Order clerks

610 0.4 12.44 25,870

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

1,210 1.3 17.61 36,620

Receptionists and information clerks

4,680 0.7 11.67 24,280

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

590 0.7 16.57 34,470

Information and record clerks, all other

1,520 1.3 17.45 36,300

Cargo and freight agents

380 0.7 18.83 39,160

Couriers and messengers

450 0.9 12.02 25,000

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

470 0.7 15.18 31,580

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

1,090 0.9 17.31 36,000

Meter readers, utilities

210 0.8 17.33 36,040

Postal service clerks

280 0.6 24.60 51,180

Postal service mail carriers

1,560 0.8 25.26 52,530

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

680 0.8 24.06 50,050

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

2,360 1.3 16.86 35,080

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

4,490 1.0 13.51 28,100

Stock clerks and order fillers

11,000 0.9 11.77 24,480

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

280 0.6 12.18 25,340

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

5,520 1.0 23.02 47,880

Legal secretaries

1,170 0.8 19.38 40,320

Medical secretaries

6,470 1.9 13.41 27,890

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

13,690 1.0 15.31 31,830

Computer operators

450 0.9 15.90 33,060

Data entry keyers

1,590 1.2 13.28 27,610

Word processors and typists

320 0.5 15.16 31,530

Desktop publishers

100 0.9 17.11 35,580

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

2,660 1.8 15.65 32,550

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

570 0.8 12.46 25,920

Office clerks, general

20,300 1.1 13.65 28,390

Office machine operators, except computer

(5) (5) 14.88 30,940

Proofreaders and copy markers

60 0.8 13.21 27,480

Office and administrative support workers, all other

440 0.3 18.82 39,140

(1) For a complete listing of all occupations in the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_41700.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 available.

Last Modified Date: May 7, 2013