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

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.


National estimates for Meter Readers, Utilities
Industry profile for Meter Readers, Utilities
Geographic profile for Meter Readers, Utilities

National estimates for Meter Readers, Utilities:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Meter Readers, Utilities:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
24,000 2.8 % $ 22.81 $ 47,430 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Meter Readers, Utilities:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.80 $ 15.77 $ 21.98 $ 28.86 $ 36.50
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,690 $ 32,790 $ 45,720 $ 60,020 $ 75,920


Industry profile for Meter Readers, Utilities:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Meter Readers, Utilities:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,100 0.21 $ 20.64 $ 42,920
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,250 1.40 $ 30.22 $ 62,870
Other Support Services 2,680 0.95 $ 17.36 $ 36,100
Natural Gas Distribution 1,960 1.79 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,530 2.86 $ 21.77 $ 45,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Meter Readers, Utilities:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,530 2.86 $ 21.77 $ 45,280
Natural Gas Distribution 1,960 1.79 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,250 1.40 $ 30.22 $ 62,870
Other Support Services 2,680 0.95 $ 17.36 $ 36,100
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,100 0.21 $ 20.64 $ 42,920

Top paying industries for Meter Readers, Utilities:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,250 1.40 $ 30.22 $ 62,870
Natural Gas Distribution 1,960 1.79 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises 270 0.01 $ 26.10 $ 54,280
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,530 2.86 $ 21.77 $ 45,280
Utility System Construction 120 0.02 $ 21.36 $ 44,420


Geographic profile for Meter Readers, Utilities:

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



Map of employment of meter readers, utilities by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Meter Readers, Utilities:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,790 0.32 1.87 $ 23.66 $ 49,220
Texas 1,680 0.14 0.81 $ 19.93 $ 41,450
Florida 1,560 0.18 1.07 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Georgia 1,310 0.30 1.75 $ 21.84 $ 45,420
New Jersey 1,280 0.33 1.96 $ 26.29 $ 54,680


Map of location quotient of meter readers, utilities by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Meter Readers, Utilities:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 470 0.72 4.21 $ 21.50 $ 44,710
New Mexico 420 0.54 3.16 $ 19.13 $ 39,800
Louisiana 940 0.52 3.07 $ 15.96 $ 33,200
Oklahoma 590 0.38 2.24 $ 17.06 $ 35,490
Kentucky 660 0.36 2.11 $ 18.67 $ 38,830


Map of annual mean wages of meter readers, utilities by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Meter Readers, Utilities:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 410 0.12 0.70 $ 31.77 $ 66,080
New York 940 0.11 0.64 $ 30.48 $ 63,400
California 1,130 0.07 0.40 $ 29.17 $ 60,670
Pennsylvania 850 0.15 0.90 $ 28.90 $ 60,110
Oregon 170 0.09 0.55 $ 28.79 $ 59,880



Map of employment of meter readers, utilities by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Meter Readers, Utilities:

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 1,490 0.17 1.01 $ 30.11 $ 62,630
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 870 0.21 1.21 $ 26.59 $ 55,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 620 0.24 1.40 $ 23.54 $ 48,970
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 500 0.19 1.09 $ 27.98 $ 58,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 480 0.23 1.34 $ 23.62 $ 49,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 350 0.14 0.85 $ 20.12 $ 41,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.11 0.63 $ 24.42 $ 50,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.12 0.68 $ 31.91 $ 66,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 290 0.05 0.30 $ 27.72 $ 57,650
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 290 0.57 3.34 $ 17.85 $ 37,140


Map of location quotient of meter readers, utilities by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Meter Readers, Utilities:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.93 5.47 $ 21.65 $ 45,030
Beckley, WV 30 0.86 5.04 $ 21.83 $ 45,410
Monroe, LA 60 0.82 4.79 $ 14.61 $ 30,400
Peoria, IL 120 0.74 4.37 $ 28.19 $ 58,640
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 120 0.72 4.23 $ 14.45 $ 30,050
Charleston, WV 60 0.65 3.82 $ 23.43 $ 48,730
Morgantown, WV 40 0.60 3.53 $ 23.42 $ 48,710
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 70 0.59 3.44 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 290 0.57 3.34 $ 17.85 $ 37,140
Clarksville, TN-KY 50 0.54 3.18 $ 19.18 $ 39,890


Map of annual mean wages of meter readers, utilities by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Meter Readers, Utilities:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.03 0.19 $ 35.59 $ 74,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 70 0.03 0.18 $ 33.43 $ 69,530
Springfield, MA-CT 40 0.12 0.71 $ 32.46 $ 67,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.12 0.68 $ 31.91 $ 66,380
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 70 0.05 0.26 $ 30.85 $ 64,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 0.35 $ 30.78 $ 64,030
Fort Collins, CO 40 0.28 1.62 $ 30.64 $ 63,730
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 0.63 $ 30.35 $ 63,130
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,490 0.17 1.01 $ 30.11 $ 62,630
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 0.42 $ 29.18 $ 60,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Meter Readers, Utilities:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.02 5.98 $ 17.41 $ 36,220
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.97 5.68 $ 16.40 $ 34,120
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 0.94 5.51 $ 20.78 $ 43,230
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.88 5.17 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.29 1.70 $ 17.07 $ 35,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Meter Readers, Utilities:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.02 5.98 $ 17.41 $ 36,220
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 1.00 5.87 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.97 5.68 $ 16.40 $ 34,120
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 0.94 5.51 $ 20.78 $ 43,230
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.88 5.17 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Meter Readers, Utilities:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.82 $ 31.00 $ 64,470
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 2.09 $ 26.70 $ 55,530
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 3.12 $ 26.62 $ 55,380
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.79 $ 25.44 $ 52,910
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.05 $ 25.30 $ 52,620


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.

(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