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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

11-1031 Legislators

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National estimates for Legislators
Industry profile for Legislators
Geographic profile for Legislators

National estimates for Legislators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Legislators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
44,590 2.7 % (4) $ 57,110 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Legislators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 17,850 $ 22,880 $ 37,270 $ 78,510 $ 100,580
  (4)

Industry profile for Legislators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Legislators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Legislators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Legislators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,210 0.77 (4) $ 57,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,380 0.15 (4) $ 57,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Legislators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,210 0.77 (4) $ 57,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,380 0.15 (4) $ 57,950

Top paying industries for Legislators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,380 0.15 (4) $ 57,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,210 0.77 (4) $ 57,040


Geographic profile for Legislators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Legislators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Legislators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of legislators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Legislators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,370 0.50 1.59 (4) $ 89,170
Ohio 3,300 0.63 2.01 (4) $ 55,220
California 2,330 0.14 0.44 (4) $ 72,740
New Jersey 2,280 0.59 1.87 (4) $ 60,580
Wisconsin 2,110 0.77 2.42 (4) $ 58,700


Map of location quotient of legislators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Legislators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 520 1.32 4.17 (4) $ 71,110
Arkansas 1,340 1.13 3.56 (4) $ 43,010
West Virginia 660 1.01 3.19 (4) $ 35,970
Nebraska 750 0.78 2.46 (4) $ 39,180
Wisconsin 2,110 0.77 2.42 (4) $ 58,700


Map of annual mean wages of legislators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Legislators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,320 0.41 1.30 (4) $ 119,380
New York 4,370 0.50 1.59 (4) $ 89,170
Colorado 520 0.20 0.63 (4) $ 73,030
California 2,330 0.14 0.44 (4) $ 72,740
Alaska 180 0.60 1.91 (4) $ 71,640



Map of employment of legislators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Legislators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,420 0.28 0.88 (4) $ 71,180
St. Louis, MO-IL 750 0.58 1.85 (4) $ 48,820
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 670 0.25 0.80 (4) $ 62,540
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 670 0.37 1.18 (4) $ 67,980
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 640 0.66 2.08 (4) $ 51,820
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 550 1.32 4.18 (4) $ 86,320
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 390 0.15 0.47 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 350 0.34 1.09 (4) $ 54,220
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 350 0.18 0.57 (4) $ 132,460
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 340 0.34 1.07 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of legislators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Legislators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 120 3.26 10.29 (4) $ 98,480
Glens Falls, NY 100 2.15 6.80 (4) $ 84,570
Kankakee, IL 80 2.02 6.38 (4) $ 36,790
Ocean City, NJ 80 1.98 6.24 (4) $ 48,190
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 110 1.96 6.18 (4) $ 71,380
Charleston, WV 190 1.91 6.05 (4) $ 31,050
Kingston, NY 100 1.77 5.59 (4) $ 94,030
Utica-Rome, NY 200 1.75 5.52 (4) $ 105,860
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 60 1.74 5.50 (4) $ 48,450
Elmira, NY 50 1.60 5.06 (4) $ 92,370


Map of annual mean wages of legislators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Legislators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yakima, WA 50 0.59 1.86 (4) $ 139,690
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.52 1.63 (4) $ 136,400
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 350 0.18 0.57 (4) $ 132,460
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.18 3.73 (4) $ 124,500
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 80 0.36 1.12 (4) $ 122,020
Utica-Rome, NY 200 1.75 5.52 (4) $ 105,860
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 50 0.04 0.13 (4) $ 105,110
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 120 3.26 10.29 (4) $ 98,480
Walla Walla, WA 30 1.23 3.90 (4) $ 97,430
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 30 0.33 1.05 (4) $ 96,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Legislators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 510 3.42 10.81 (4) $ 93,650
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 510 1.61 5.08 (4) $ 60,020
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 470 3.49 11.02 (4) $ 96,130
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 370 2.23 7.06 (4) $ 90,440
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 330 2.29 7.25 (4) $ 34,620

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Legislators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 470 3.49 11.02 (4) $ 96,130
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 510 3.42 10.81 (4) $ 93,650
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 230 3.21 10.16 (4) $ 57,970
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 200 3.19 10.08 (4) $ 37,070
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 3.18 10.04 (4) $ 64,370

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Legislators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 1.54 4.86 (4) $ 128,860
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 170 1.41 4.47 (4) $ 97,790
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 470 3.49 11.02 (4) $ 96,130
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 510 3.42 10.81 (4) $ 93,650
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 1.25 (4) $ 90,620


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) 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.

(2) 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 wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) 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.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022