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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

13-2053 Insurance Underwriters

Review individual applications for insurance to evaluate degree of risk involved and determine acceptance of applications.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
100,050 2.3 % $37.33 $77,640 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.37 $25.72 $33.67 $45.38 $59.77
Annual Wage (2) $42,360 $53,510 $70,020 $94,390 $124,320


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 56,510 4.72 $37.51 $78,020
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 30,110 2.54 $37.43 $77,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,590 0.19 $34.73 $72,250
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 2,490 0.44 $38.02 $79,080
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 2,390 0.12 $36.38 $75,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 56,510 4.72 $37.51 $78,020
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 30,110 2.54 $37.43 $77,850
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 2,490 0.44 $38.02 $79,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,590 0.19 $34.73 $72,250
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 2,390 0.12 $36.38 $75,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities (8) (8) $45.63 $94,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $43.79 $91,070
Legal Services 40 (7) $41.24 $85,780
Outpatient Care Centers 30 (7) $39.30 $81,740
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $38.08 $79,210


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,110 0.52 0.77 $40.20 $83,620
New York 7,790 0.82 1.20 $47.48 $98,760
Illinois 7,720 1.28 1.88 $35.77 $74,400
Texas 7,330 0.59 0.87 $33.68 $70,050
Georgia 6,730 1.51 2.21 $38.20 $79,450




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 3,100 1.86 2.74 $43.11 $89,670
Nebraska 1,700 1.73 2.54 $32.29 $67,170
Georgia 6,730 1.51 2.21 $38.20 $79,450
Illinois 7,720 1.28 1.88 $35.77 $74,400
Iowa 1,880 1.21 1.78 $32.40 $67,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,790 0.82 1.20 $47.48 $98,760
District of Columbia 130 0.18 0.27 $44.59 $92,750
Connecticut 3,100 1.86 2.74 $43.11 $89,670
Massachusetts 2,070 0.57 0.84 $42.59 $88,600
New Jersey 3,470 0.85 1.24 $40.35 $83,940





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

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 7,700 0.80 1.17 $47.57 $98,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,990 2.18 3.20 $38.76 $80,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,010 1.07 1.57 $39.24 $81,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,830 0.61 0.90 $40.15 $83,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,760 1.03 1.51 $34.30 $71,340
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,320 1.15 1.69 $40.63 $84,520
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,190 3.75 5.50 $41.70 $86,740
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,670 0.63 0.93 $31.39 $65,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,610 0.82 1.20 $39.64 $82,460
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,530 1.41 2.07 $41.58 $86,490




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,190 3.75 5.50 $41.70 $86,740
Columbia, MO 320 3.35 4.92 $30.05 $62,510
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,180 3.18 4.67 $33.01 $68,650
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 610 2.81 4.12 $32.86 $68,350
Lincoln, NE 460 2.50 3.68 $30.33 $63,090
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,150 2.34 3.43 $32.98 $68,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,990 2.18 3.20 $38.76 $80,620
Portland-South Portland, ME 450 2.14 3.14 $34.98 $72,750
Utica-Rome, NY 270 2.11 3.10 $36.93 $76,800
Cedar Rapids, IA 300 2.10 3.09 $30.17 $62,760




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 500 1.20 1.76 $54.98 $114,370
Rapid City, SD (8) (8) (8) $54.17 $112,670
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 100 0.32 0.47 $53.11 $110,470
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 700 1.27 1.86 $47.97 $99,780
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,700 0.80 1.17 $47.57 $98,950
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,300 0.53 0.77 $46.76 $97,260
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $46.46 $96,640
Burlington, NC 50 0.82 1.20 $44.11 $91,740
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 460 0.88 1.29 $43.74 $90,970
Syracuse, NY 220 0.72 1.06 $43.51 $90,500

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 160 1.03 1.51 $30.13 $62,680
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.76 1.12 $25.19 $52,400
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.41 0.61 $30.24 $62,890
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 0.42 $24.34 $50,620
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 0.72 $32.46 $67,510

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 160 1.03 1.51 $30.13 $62,680
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.76 1.12 $25.19 $52,400
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 0.72 $32.46 $67,510
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 0.66 $34.61 $71,980
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 0.63 $26.72 $55,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.75 $82,680
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.88 $74,630
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.32 $35.75 $74,370
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 0.57 $35.59 $74,030
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 0.66 $34.61 $71,980


About May 2019 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020