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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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1998 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Asheville, North Carolina MSA

Asheville is a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in North Carolina.

Occupational divisions in Asheville:

  • Managerial and Administrative Occupations
  • Professional, Paraprofessional, and Technical Occupations
  • Sales and Related Occupations
  • Clerical and Administrative Support Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Occupations
  • Production, Construction, Operating, Maintenance, and Material Handling Occupations
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    Managerial and Administrative Occupations top
      Staff and Administrative Specialty Managerial Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    13002 Financial Managers 490 $23.27 $25.82 $53,710 2.2%
    13005 Personnel, Training, and Labor Relations Managers 190 $18.74 $20.48 $42,600 1.9%
    13008 Purchasing Managers 150 $16.05 $18.60 $38,690 2.4%
    13011 Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Managers 340 $21.72 $23.83 $49,560 2.4%
    13014 Administrative Services Managers 220 $15.12 $18.84 $39,190 1.9%
    13017 Engineering, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Managers 130 $31.34 $29.10 $60,530 2.8%
      Line and Middle Management Industry Specific Managerial Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    15005 Education Administrators 290 $24.03 $25.39 $52,810 4.3%
    15008 Medicine and Health Services Managers 160 $22.73 $23.82 $49,540 3.7%
    15011 Property and Real Estate Managers and Administrators 180 $13.48 $15.10 $31,400 10.6%
    15014 Industrial Production Managers 200 $24.92 $25.26 $52,550 2.1%
    15017 Construction Managers 180 $20.60 $21.34 $44,380 3.4%
    15023 Communications, Transportation, and Utilities Operations Managers 100 $21.30 $22.97 $47,780 3.6%
    15026 Food Service and Lodging Managers 520 $13.06 $12.88 $26,780 2.2%
      Other Managerial and Administrative Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    19005 General Managers and Top Executives 3,020 $23.10 $27.55 $57,290 3.6%
    19999 All Other Managers and Administrators 460 $19.17 $20.74 $43,140 1.9%
    Professional, Paraprofessional, and Technical Occupations top
      Management Support Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    21108 Loan Officers and Counselors 190 $12.84 $14.61 $30,390 4.3%
    21114 Accountants and Auditors 390 $16.68 $18.29 $38,050 2.8%
    21199 All Other Financial Specialists 100 $17.88 $20.69 $43,040 4.0%
    21302 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 50 $13.99 $15.19 $31,600 5.5%
    21308 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 230 $15.46 $16.67 $34,680 1.4%
    21511 Personnel, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists 160 $15.12 $16.13 $33,560 2.1%
    21902 Cost Estimators 90 $17.03 $16.85 $35,050 2.3%
    21908 Construction and Building Inspectors 60 $17.32 $18.13 $37,710 3.1%
    21911 Compliance Officers and Enforcement Inspectors, Except Construction 40 $16.24 $17.15 $35,670 1.8%
    21914 Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents 50 $19.07 $19.96 $41,520 14.3%
      Engineers and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    22121 Civil Engineers, Including Traffic 60 $25.17 $25.48 $53,000 3.5%
    22126 Electrical and Electronic Engineers 160 $24.95 $25.33 $52,690 2.4%
    22127 Computer Engineers (*) $26.63 $25.93 $53,940 6.5%
    22128 Industrial Engineers, Except Safety 80 $24.22 $24.94 $51,870 3.5%
    22135 Mechanical Engineers 190 $24.08 $24.61 $51,180 2.4%
    22199 All Other Engineers 170 $20.43 $21.24 $44,180 1.6%
    22302 Architects, Except Landscape and Marine 80 $19.22 $20.50 $42,640 4.0%
    22311 Surveyors and Mapping Scientists 50 $15.62 $17.10 $35,560 3.9%
    22502 Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists 80 $13.77 $14.53 $30,210 5.0%
    22505 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians and Technologists 170 $15.75 $17.50 $36,390 4.9%
    22508 Industrial Engineering Technicians and Technologists 30 $17.77 $17.13 $35,640 1.5%
    22511 Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists 80 $16.94 $17.69 $36,800 1.4%
    22514 Drafters 140 $13.75 $14.26 $29,650 1.8%
    22521 Surveying and Mapping Technicians 70 $10.20 $10.66 $22,170 3.3%
    22599 All Other Engineering and Related Technicians and Technologists 200 $18.20 $18.14 $37,740 1.3%
      Natural Scientists and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    24105 Chemists, Except Biochemists 60 $18.26 $27.55 $57,300 6.0%
    24308 Biological Scientists (*) $18.93 $20.09 $41,780 4.3%
      Computer, Mathematical, Operations Research, and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    25102 Systems Analysts, Electronic Data Processing 190 $22.27 $23.39 $48,660 2.6%
    25103 Data Base Administrators 40 $18.02 $18.70 $38,890 3.9%
    25104 Computer Support Specialists 140 $15.31 $16.20 $33,690 2.0%
    25105 Computer Programmers 90 $18.87 $20.03 $41,650 1.8%
    25108 Computer Programmer Aides 50 $11.84 $12.51 $26,010 1.0%
      Social Scientists and Other Social, Recreational, and Religious Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    27108 Psychologists 70 $27.72 $25.14 $52,290 7.7%
    27302 Social Workers, Medical and Psychiatric 240 $15.54 $16.37 $34,040 3.0%
    27305 Social Workers, Except Medical and Psychiatric 400 $14.51 $14.76 $30,690 2.9%
    27307 Residential Counselors 100 $9.80 $9.66 $20,100 2.5%
    27308 Human Services Workers 320 $12.72 $12.87 $26,760 5.0%
    27311 Recreation Workers 180 $9.07 $9.48 $19,730 6.6%
      Law and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    28108 Lawyers 310 $22.83 $27.93 $58,090 13.6%
    28305 Paralegal Personnel 150 $13.59 $13.34 $27,740 4.8%
      Teachers, Educators, Librarians, and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    31202 Life Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 50 * * $44,190 4.6%
    31214 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 90 * * $39,530 6.0%
    31215 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 30 * * $40,340 3.5%
    31218 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 80 * * $32,510 11.0%
    31224 Mathematical Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 70 * * $43,960 4.2%
    31226 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 30 * * $47,020 3.7%
    31235 History Teachers, Postsecondary 30 * * $43,860 4.2%
    31237 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 40 * * $47,130 6.4%
    31242 Business Teachers, Postsecondary 70 * * $47,060 3.8%
    31303 Teachers, Preschool 390 $8.71 $9.77 $20,330 6.1%
    31304 Teachers, Kindergarten 30 * * $32,740 6.9%
    31305 Teachers, Elementary School 990 * * $31,760 2.0%
    31308 Teachers, Secondary School 1,230 * * $31,960 1.5%
    31311 Teachers, Special Education 100 * * $33,450 3.2%
    31314 Teachers and Instructors, Vocational Education and Training 150 $12.79 $13.37 $27,800 6.2%
    31317 Instructors, Nonvocational Education 150 $9.26 $9.53 $19,810 9.6%
    31321 Instructors and Coaches, Sports and Physical Training 180 $11.14 $12.69 $26,390 3.7%
    31502 Librarians, Professional 80 $15.21 $16.32 $33,950 3.0%
    31514 Vocational and Educational Counselors 110 $15.07 $14.95 $31,100 10.9%
    31517 Instructional Coordinators 60 $15.82 $16.18 $33,650 1.9%
    31521 Teacher Aides, Paraprofessional 440 $7.14 $7.24 $15,050 2.5%
      Health Practitioners, Technologists, Technicians, and Related Health Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    32102 Physicians and Surgeons 660 $55.88 $41.45** $86,220** 13.8%
    32105 Dentists 70 # $46.62** $96,970** 21.6%
    32114 Veterinarians and Veterinary Inspectors 50 $17.89 $20.56 $42,760 11.7%
    32305 Occupational Therapists 60 $24.52 $26.53 $55,170 5.0%
    32308 Physical Therapists 140 $23.16 $23.85 $49,600 3.6%
    32314 Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists 80 $20.09 $24.84 $51,660 7.1%
    32505 Licensed Practical Nurses 740 $12.45 $12.75 $26,520 1.7%
    32511 Physician Assistants 70 $32.89 $29.97 $62,330 4.1%
    32514 Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring 40 $14.19 $13.86 $28,830 6.3%
    32517 Pharmacists 160 $31.10 $28.41 $59,090 2.6%
    32902 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 320 $14.22 $14.26 $29,670 3.3%
    32908 Dental Hygienists 120 $17.98 $17.51 $36,420 4.1%
    32911 Medical Records Technicians 130 $9.17 $9.90 $20,600 2.9%
    32931 Psychiatric Technicians 290 $7.91 $7.92 $16,480 2.3%
      Writers, Artists, Entertainers, Athletes, and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    34002 Writers and Editors 80 $16.39 $16.40 $34,110 2.5%
    34008 Public Relations Specialists and Publicity Writers 40 $13.78 $14.86 $30,900 2.6%
    34023 Photographers 90 $9.96 $10.90 $22,680 3.8%
    34035 Artists and Related Workers 70 $10.95 $11.95 $24,850 2.3%
    34038 Designers, Except Interior Designers 90 $10.41 $11.11 $23,100 1.6%
      Other Professional, Paraprofessional, and Technical Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    39011 Funeral Directors and Morticians 30 $15.15 $18.05 $37,540 12.6%
    39999 All Other Professional, Paraprofessional, and Technical Workers 620 $13.68 $14.90 $30,980 1.1%
    Sales and Related Occupations top
      First Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors - Sales Workers top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    41002 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Sales and Related Workers 1,550 $12.79 $14.28 $29,700 2.1%
      Sales Occupations, Services top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    43002 Sales Agents and Placers, Insurance 130 $16.07 $16.55 $34,420 12.1%
    43008 Sales Agents, Real Estate (*) $10.81 $11.35 $23,610 7.9%
    43014 Sales Agents, Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services 190 $24.57 $29.85 $62,100 19.2%
    43017 Sales Agents, Selected Business Services 160 $12.94 $15.69 $32,640 3.8%
    43021 Travel Agents 70 $8.62 $9.70 $20,170 7.0%
    43023 Sales Agents, Advertising 70 $13.48 $17.04 $35,450 5.0%
    43099 All Other Sales Representatives and Salespersons, Services 30 $9.41 $10.73 $22,330 1.6%
      Merchandise, Products, and Other Sales and Sales Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    49002 Sales Engineers 50 $23.58 $24.97 $51,930 4.1%
    49005 Sales Representatives, Scientific and Related Products and Services, Except Retail 360 $16.51 $17.62 $36,650 2.2%
    49008 Sales Representatives, Except Retail and Scientific and Related Products and Services 780 $12.48 $14.49 $30,140 3.8%
    49011 Salespersons, Retail 4,380 $7.38 $8.58 $17,840 1.7%
    49014 Salespersons, Parts 320 $10.04 $10.59 $22,020 3.3%
    49017 Counter and Rental Clerks 370 $6.30 $7.25 $15,080 5.5%
    49021 Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 730 $7.78 $8.03 $16,700 1.5%
    49023 Cashiers 2,870 $6.63 $6.94 $14,430 1.7%
    49034 Demonstrators and Promoters 30 $8.04 $9.57 $19,910 2.9%
    49999 All Other Sales and Related Workers 280 $10.65 $13.24 $27,530 4.3%
    Clerical and Administrative Support Occupations top
      First Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors - Clerical Workers top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    51002 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Clerical and Administrative Support Workers 1,110 $12.61 $13.60 $28,280 1.8%
      Industry Specific Clerical and Administrative Support Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    53102 Tellers 430 $8.33 $8.50 $17,670 1.9%
    53105 New Accounts Clerks 70 $11.24 $11.09 $23,080 1.9%
    53121 Loan and Credit Clerks 110 $10.37 $10.23 $21,280 3.2%
    53123 Adjustment Clerks 130 $10.84 $11.59 $24,100 0.8%
    53128 Brokerage Clerks (*) $10.21 $10.74 $22,340 2.7%
    53302 Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 100 $17.77 $19.41 $40,380 13.5%
    53311 Insurance Claims Clerks 80 $11.93 $11.39 $23,700 1.8%
    53314 Insurance Policy Processing Clerks (*) $12.24 $11.20 $23,290 5.7%
    53508 Bill and Account Collectors 160 $10.80 $10.99 $22,860 1.0%
    53808 Hotel Desk Clerks 260 $7.41 $7.45 $15,490 1.9%
    53905 Teacher Aides and Educational Assistants, Clerical 730 $6.35 $6.43 $13,360 3.7%
      Secretarial and General Office Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    55102 Legal Secretaries 220 $11.44 $10.98 $22,840 6.6%
    55105 Medical Secretaries 180 $10.65 $10.58 $22,000 3.2%
    55108 Secretaries, Except Legal and Medical 1,750 $9.72 $10.05 $20,900 1.1%
    55305 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1,340 $8.12 $8.47 $17,620 2.0%
    55307 Typists, Including Word Processing 170 $9.50 $9.43 $19,610 2.7%
    55321 File Clerks 90 $7.92 $7.82 $16,270 2.4%
    55323 Order Clerks, Materials, Merchandise, and Service (*) $9.67 $9.78 $20,340 1.1%
    55326 Procurement Clerks 40 $8.59 $9.84 $20,470 1.5%
    55335 Customer Service Representatives, Utilities 180 $16.37 $15.35 $31,930 2.8%
    55338 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,490 $10.02 $10.27 $21,360 1.6%
    55341 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 150 $11.46 $11.45 $23,820 1.2%
    55344 Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks 330 $10.47 $10.58 $22,020 1.5%
    55347 General Office Clerks 2,050 $8.74 $9.11 $18,940 1.0%
      Electronic Data Processing and Other Office Machine Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    56002 Billing, Posting, and Calculating Machine Operators 100 $9.57 $9.77 $20,330 1.0%
    56011 Computer Operators, Except Peripheral Equipment 110 $10.53 $11.40 $23,700 0.8%
    56017 Data Entry Keyers, Except Composing 150 $8.18 $8.68 $18,060 1.2%
      Communications, Mail, and Message Distributing Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    57102 Switchboard Operators 140 $8.56 $8.84 $18,380 1.4%
    57302 Mail Clerks, Except Mail Machine Operators and Postal Service 40 $8.31 $8.48 $17,640 1.4%
    57311 Messengers 30 $7.94 $8.33 $17,340 1.6%
      Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    58002 Dispatchers, Police, Fire, and Ambulance (*) $9.59 $9.79 $20,360 5.3%
    58005 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 80 $11.19 $11.14 $23,170 2.1%
    58008 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 210 $12.17 $12.77 $26,570 0.8%
    58014 Meter Readers, Utilities (*) $11.05 $11.63 $24,200 2.5%
    58023 Stock Clerks - Stockroom, Warehouse or Storage Yard 840 $8.38 $8.94 $18,590 1.2%
    58026 Order Fillers, Wholesale and Retail Sales (*) $7.49 $7.82 $16,260 1.6%
    58028 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1,110 $9.90 $10.63 $22,110 1.7%
    58099 All Other Material Recording, Scheduling, and Distributing Workers 340 $8.35 $9.13 $19,000 2.0%
    Service Occupations top
      First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    61005 Police and Detective Supervisors 160 $15.35 $17.03 $35,420 4.5%
    61008 Housekeeping Supervisors 100 $10.80 $10.11 $21,020 2.2%
    61099 All Other Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Service Workers 450 $10.58 $11.33 $23,570 2.8%
      Protective Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    63014 Police Patrol Officers 330 $13.77 $14.71 $30,600 2.8%
    63035 Detectives and Investigators, Except Public (*) $13.59 $12.27 $25,520 4.2%
    63047 Guards and Watch Guards 1,080 $6.79 $7.31 $15,200 2.3%
    63099 All Other Protective Service Workers (*) $8.11 $8.77 $18,240 2.3%
      Food and Beverage Preparation and Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    65002 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, or Coffee Shop 310 $6.01 $6.33 $13,160 2.3%
    65005 Bartenders 180 $6.23 $6.60 $13,720 2.3%
    65008 Waiters and Waitresses 2,320 $5.75 $5.66 $11,780 1.3%
    65014 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 400 $5.99 $5.96 $12,390 2.7%
    65017 Counter Attendants - Lunchroom, Coffee Shop, or Cafeteria 330 $6.23 $6.40 $13,320 2.1%
    65021 Bakers, Bread and Pastry 100 $7.98 $8.02 $16,690 1.8%
    65023 Butchers and Meat Cutters 60 $10.54 $10.24 $21,300 2.0%
    65026 Cooks, Restaurant 990 $7.50 $7.69 $16,000 2.9%
    65028 Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria 260 $7.78 $7.96 $16,560 1.6%
    65032 Cooks, Fast Food 720 $6.51 $6.66 $13,840 2.9%
    65035 Cooks, Short Order 150 $6.77 $6.95 $14,450 5.3%
    65038 Food Preparation Workers 1,220 $6.44 $6.67 $13,870 1.4%
    65041 Combined Food Preparation and Service Workers 1,030 $6.13 $6.46 $13,430 2.8%
      Health Service and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    66002 Dental Assistants 230 $11.43 $11.34 $23,590 2.6%
    66005 Medical Assistants 210 $9.59 $9.91 $20,610 3.4%
    66008 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,220 $7.67 $7.86 $16,360 1.7%
    66017 Physical and Corrective Therapy Assistants and Aides 70 $13.05 $13.00 $27,030 1.5%
      Cleaning and Building Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    67002 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1,160 $6.96 $7.00 $14,570 1.6%
    67005 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1,420 $7.63 $7.84 $16,300 1.2%
    67008 Pest Controllers and Assistants (*) $11.11 $11.41 $23,730 4.4%
    67099 All Other Cleaning and Building Service Workers 210 $8.03 $8.22 $17,090 1.5%
      Personal Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    68005 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 140 $8.21 $9.19 $19,120 16.3%
    68014 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 200 $6.36 $7.02 $14,610 6.4%
    68023 Baggage Porters and Bellhops 40 $5.82 $5.91 $12,300 2.9%
    68035 Personal and Home Care Aides 210 $7.54 $7.52 $15,640 2.1%
    Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Occupations top
      Other Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    79017 Animal Caretakers, Except Farm 40 $6.83 $7.45 $15,490 4.4%
    79041 Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping 730 $8.31 $8.71 $18,120 1.2%
    79806 Veterinary Assistants 70 $8.83 $8.56 $17,800 3.0%
    Production, Construction, Operating, Maintenance, and Material Handling Occupations top
      First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Production, Construction, Maintenance, and Related Workers top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    81002 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 340 $15.22 $16.55 $34,420 2.4%
    81005 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Construction Trades and Extractive Workers 470 $17.80 $17.57 $36,550 3.5%
    81008 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Production and Operating Workers 560 $16.29 $16.97 $35,300 1.1%
    81011 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 120 $15.95 $16.71 $34,750 1.3%
    81017 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 150 $14.85 $15.26 $31,740 2.2%
    81099 All Other First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Production, Construction, Maintenance, and Related Workers 170 $15.32 $18.41 $38,300 9.9%
      Inspectors and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    83002 Precision Inspectors, Testers, and Graders 170 $12.10 $12.44 $25,870 1.2%
    83005 Production Inspectors, Testers, Graders, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 650 $8.57 $9.10 $18,940 1.1%
    83099 All Other Inspectors, Testers, and Related Workers 40 $7.43 $7.71 $16,030 2.3%
      Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    85110 Machinery Maintenance Mechanics 190 $14.95 $14.70 $30,580 1.3%
    85113 Machinery Maintenance Mechanics, Sewing Machines 30 $10.83 $10.76 $22,380 1.1%
    85128 Machinery Maintenance Workers 60 $12.73 $14.26 $29,650 1.7%
    85132 Maintenance Repairers, General Utility 1,150 $11.00 $11.41 $23,720 1.8%
    85302 Automotive Mechanics 660 $10.21 $11.09 $23,060 7.3%
    85305 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 100 $13.09 $14.28 $29,710 8.0%
    85311 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 240 $14.13 $14.02 $29,170 3.1%
    85314 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 70 $12.58 $13.10 $27,240 4.1%
    85702 Telephone and Cable Television Line Installers and Repairers (*) $11.43 $12.51 $26,020 3.9%
    85705 Data Processing Equipment Repairers 60 $13.67 $13.96 $29,030 1.3%
    85902 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 290 $11.03 $11.19 $23,280 4.7%
    85908 Electromedical and Biomedical Equipment Repairers 40 $19.40 $19.61 $40,790 2.9%
    85926 Office Machine and Cash Register Servicers 60 $11.12 $11.37 $23,650 3.4%
    85938 Installers and Repairers, Manufactured Buildings, Mobile Homes, and Travel Trailers 30 $10.49 $10.47 $21,770 7.3%
    85947 Coin and Vending Machine Servicers and Repairers 50 $10.22 $11.00 $22,880 1.6%
    85953 Tire Repairers and Changers 140 $8.71 $8.67 $18,040 5.3%
    85999 All Other Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 110 $10.87 $10.88 $22,630 0.7%
      Construction Trades and Extractive Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    87102 Carpenters 620 $10.68 $10.85 $22,570 2.7%
    87108 Drywall Installers (*) $12.11 $12.30 $25,590 3.0%
    87111 Tapers 30 $10.57 $10.19 $21,200 13.4%
    87202 Electricians 410 $12.99 $13.27 $27,610 5.2%
    87302 Brickmasons 30 $12.10 $12.60 $26,210 5.4%
    87311 Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers (*) $13.37 $13.96 $29,040 4.9%
    87402 Painters and Paperhangers, Construction and Maintenance 180 $10.03 $9.67 $20,120 2.7%
    87502 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 220 $11.88 $12.64 $26,300 4.1%
    87708 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators 120 $8.27 $8.54 $17,760 2.9%
    87711 Highway Maintenance Workers (*) $9.34 $9.47 $19,700 5.6%
    87808 Roofers 50 $11.21 $11.35 $23,600 1.2%
    87811 Glaziers 30 $9.06 $8.77 $18,240 2.9%
    87814 Structural Metal Workers 40 $11.45 $11.25 $23,410 1.2%
    87899 All Other Construction Trades Workers 140 $8.35 $9.06 $18,840 1.8%
    87999 All Other Construction and Extractive Workers, Except Helpers 50 $8.48 $9.26 $19,260 3.7%
      Precision Production Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    89102 Tool and Die Makers 230 $17.46 $17.63 $36,660 1.5%
    89108 Machinists 710 $12.62 $12.66 $26,340 1.0%
    89111 Tool Grinders, Filers, Sharpeners, and Other Precision Grinders 60 $12.77 $12.52 $26,040 1.0%
    89123 Jewelers and Silversmiths 40 $10.72 $13.43 $27,940 23.3%
    89132 Sheet Metal Workers 100 $10.60 $10.78 $22,430 0.8%
    89311 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 100 $11.23 $11.30 $23,500 2.8%
    89505 Custom Tailors and Sewers (*) $8.02 $7.82 $16,270 2.8%
    89508 Upholsterers 30 $9.07 $8.94 $18,590 15.1%
    89521 Precision Dyers 40 $10.90 $10.48 $21,790 2.6%
    89707 Electronic Pagination System Operators 30 $11.08 $11.51 $23,930 3.6%
    89917 Precision Optical Goods Workers 30 $8.41 $8.66 $18,020 1.8%
      Machine Setters, Set-Up Operators, Operators, and Tenders top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    91102 Sawing Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 40 $9.89 $10.23 $21,280 2.4%
    91105 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 160 $12.25 $12.44 $25,880 0.8%
    91111 Milling and Planing Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 40 $11.56 $11.73 $24,400 2.9%
    91114 Grinding, Lapping, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 70 $11.82 $12.20 $25,370 1.5%
    91117 Machine Tool Cutting Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 90 $11.27 $11.11 $23,120 1.6%
    91302 Punching Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 30 $13.36 $12.47 $25,940 2.4%
    91305 Press and Press-Brake Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 80 $14.62 $14.00 $29,110 3.7%
    91311 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 30 $9.99 $10.18 $21,170 1.6%
    91502 Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 170 $13.25 $12.65 $26,320 2.3%
    91705 Welding Machine Operators and Tenders 130 $11.82 $11.31 $23,530 2.8%
    91902 Plastic Molding and Casting Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 120 $11.05 $11.60 $24,140 1.4%
    91905 Plastic Molding and Casting Machine Operators and Tenders 310 $9.30 $9.08 $18,890 1.9%
    92198 All Other Metal and Plastic (Cutting, Forming, Fabricating, or Processing) Machine Operators and Tenders 80 $10.60 $10.36 $21,540 1.3%
    92308 Sawing Machine Operators and Tenders 40 $9.63 $9.52 $19,790 1.7%
    92512 Offset Lithographic Press Setters and Set-Up Operators 60 $12.54 $12.96 $26,950 1.1%
    92543 Printing Press Machine Operators and Tenders 50 $8.67 $9.84 $20,470 7.5%
    92702 Textile Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 70 $11.30 $10.03 $20,860 1.7%
    92705 Textile Machine Operators and Tenders, Winding, Twisting, Knitting, Weaving, and Cutting 400 $9.41 $9.68 $20,140 2.3%
    92717 Sewing Machine Operators, Garment 160 $7.21 $7.53 $15,670 1.5%
    92721 Sewing Machine Operators, Nongarment 360 $8.15 $8.26 $17,180 2.2%
    92726 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Pressing 220 $7.47 $7.53 $15,660 1.8%
    92728 Pressing Machine Operators and Tenders, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials (*) $7.44 $7.39 $15,370 3.1%
    92944 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators and Tenders 60 $12.24 $11.75 $24,440 2.2%
    92953 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators and Tenders 90 $11.12 $10.91 $22,690 1.6%
    92965 Crushing, Grinding, Mixing, and Blending Machine Operators and Tenders 130 $9.44 $9.44 $19,630 1.5%
    92974 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 240 $9.68 $9.75 $20,270 1.0%
    92997 All Other Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 110 $8.84 $9.28 $19,310 1.4%
    92998 All Other Machine Operators and Tenders 340 $9.76 $9.74 $20,260 2.5%
      Hand Occupations, Including Assemblers and Fabricators top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    93111 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers, Precision 460 $10.29 $10.36 $21,540 1.5%
    93902 Machine Assemblers 270 $9.03 $10.41 $21,660 6.9%
    93914 Welders and Cutters 250 $12.91 $12.68 $26,370 2.0%
    93926 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 50 $7.63 $7.62 $15,850 1.7%
    93953 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 80 $10.09 $10.82 $22,500 1.2%
    93956 Assemblers and Fabricators, Except Machine, Electrical, Electronic, and Precision 1,280 $10.31 $9.82 $20,430 1.0%
    93999 All Other Hand Workers 710 $7.95 $8.21 $17,080 1.5%
      Plant and System Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    95002 Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators 170 $12.94 $12.88 $26,800 1.5%
      Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    97102 Truck Drivers, Heavy or Tractor-Trailer 1,990 $14.29 $15.43 $32,100 3.0%
    97105 Truck Drivers, Light, Include Delivery and Route Workers 950 $9.52 $10.03 $20,870 2.5%
    97108 Bus Drivers 70 $8.08 $8.76 $18,210 2.7%
    97111 Bus Drivers, School 280 $6.21 $6.26 $13,030 4.0%
    97114 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 60 $6.71 $6.82 $14,190 2.2%
    97117 Driver/Sales Workers 390 $12.89 $12.00 $24,960 2.6%
    97702 Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (*) * * $28,870 1.8%
    97805 Service Station Attendants (*) $7.06 $7.04 $14,650 3.2%
    97899 All Other Transportation and Related Workers 30 $9.44 $10.00 $20,790 3.0%
    97923 Excavating and Loading Machine Operators 100 $11.24 $11.50 $23,910 1.8%
    97938 Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators 140 $10.39 $10.55 $21,940 2.3%
    97947 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 760 $9.16 $9.38 $19,510 1.4%
    97989 All Other Material-Moving Equipment Operators 150 $10.43 $10.66 $22,170 1.2%
      Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    98102 Helpers, Mechanics and Repairers 110 $9.27 $10.79 $22,440 1.2%
    98312 Helpers, Carpenters and Related Workers 240 $8.22 $8.32 $17,310 2.5%
    98313 Helpers, Electricians and Power-Line Transmission Installers 210 $9.74 $10.00 $20,800 1.3%
    98315 Helpers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 210 $8.15 $8.22 $17,100 11.2%
    98316 Helpers, Roofers 60 $9.41 $9.13 $18,980 3.0%
    98502 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 220 $8.55 $8.69 $18,070 2.3%
    98705 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors (*) $7.68 $7.77 $16,160 3.6%
    98799 All Other Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 980 $9.02 $9.12 $18,980 0.9%
    98902 Hand Packers and Packagers 850 $7.68 $8.60 $17,890 1.4%
    98905 Vehicle Washers and Equipment Cleaners 140 $7.66 $7.79 $16,200 2.4%
    98999 All Other Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 920 $8.04 $8.38 $17,420 1.4%

    (1) = Relative standard error (RSE) of the mean wage. 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.

    (*) = Employment estimate is not available.

    * = Hourly wage estimate is not available.

    # = Median hourly wage is over $60.01.

    ** = This mean wage estimate may be understated because 25% or more of the employment was estimated as earning more than $60.01 per hour. The larger the share of employment estimated in the upper open-ended interval ($60.01 and over), the more likely it is that the mean wage is underestimated.

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    Statewide estimates for North Carolina

    1998 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    1998 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    1998 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    1998 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    Technical Notes and Survey Method and Reliability Statement for 1998 OES Estimates

    Last modified: October 16, 2001