The Modeled Wage Estimates (MWE) provide annual estimates of average hourly wages for occupations by selected job characteristics and within geographical location. The job characteristics include bargaining status (union and nonunion), part- and full-time work status, incentive- and time-based pay, and work levels by occupation. The modeled wage estimates are produced using a statistical procedure that combines survey data collected by the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) programs.
Borrowing from the strengths of the NCS, information on job characteristics and work levels, and from the OEWS, the occupational and geographic detail, the modeled wage estimates provide more detail on occupational average hourly wages than either program is able to provide separately.
The 2021 Modeled Wage Estimates is scheduled to be released on August 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Full-time or part-time, average hourly wages
Union or nonunion, average hourly wages
Time or incentive-based pay, average hourly wages
Work levels, average hourly wages