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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities

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


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)
30,450 3.8 % $22.23 $46,250 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.41 $15.25 $20.33 $27.77 $34.82
Annual Wage (2) $25,810 $31,720 $42,280 $57,760 $72,420


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)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,950 0.22 $20.79 $43,250
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,850 1.78 $26.42 $54,960
Other Support Services 5,290 1.61 $18.03 $37,500
Natural Gas Distribution 2,890 2.64 $27.89 $58,020
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,020 3.79 $20.48 $42,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,020 3.79 $20.48 $42,610
Natural Gas Distribution 2,890 2.64 $27.89 $58,020
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,850 1.78 $26.42 $54,960
Other Support Services 5,290 1.61 $18.03 $37,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.25 $23.88 $49,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 2,890 2.64 $27.89 $58,020
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,850 1.78 $26.42 $54,960
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.25 $23.88 $49,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $22.75 $47,310
Utility System Construction 220 0.04 $21.56 $44,840


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)
Texas 2,490 0.20 0.97 $16.88 $35,110
Ohio 2,070 0.38 1.83 $20.94 $43,550
California 1,600 0.09 0.44 $29.80 $61,980
Florida 1,580 0.18 0.87 $19.59 $40,750
Georgia 1,520 0.34 1.64 $19.28 $40,090




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)
West Virginia 630 0.89 4.31 $18.70 $38,900
Louisiana 1,140 0.60 2.87 $14.18 $29,480
Kentucky 950 0.50 2.42 $18.51 $38,500
Missouri 1,230 0.44 2.11 $18.64 $38,760
Indiana 1,310 0.43 2.05 $22.55 $46,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 560 0.16 0.75 $31.66 $65,850
Idaho 110 0.15 0.73 $31.27 $65,050
Alaska 50 0.15 0.74 $30.98 $64,440
Connecticut 120 0.07 0.35 $30.11 $62,630
California 1,600 0.09 0.44 $29.80 $61,980





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 1,670 0.17 0.83 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 860 0.63 3.02 $19.87 $41,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 780 0.17 0.81 $28.65 $59,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 660 0.18 0.87 $16.38 $34,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 620 0.29 1.41 $25.23 $52,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 540 0.18 0.86 $16.40 $34,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 0.08 0.40 $30.08 $62,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 490 0.18 0.85 $21.95 $45,660
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 470 0.16 0.78 $27.88 $57,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 420 0.15 0.72 $32.68 $67,980




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)
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 40 0.99 4.80 $15.63 $32,510
Morgantown, WV 60 0.94 4.52 $17.80 $37,020
Charleston, WV 100 0.89 4.30 $21.13 $43,960
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 30 0.87 4.20 $18.30 $38,070
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 130 0.83 4.01 $17.31 $36,000
Morristown, TN 30 0.67 3.23 $24.36 $50,660
Dover, DE 40 0.65 3.15 $24.33 $50,610
St. Louis, MO-IL 860 0.63 3.02 $19.87 $41,340
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.58 2.79 $21.15 $43,990
Alexandria, LA 30 0.58 2.79 $13.33 $27,730