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

Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, North Carolina MSA

Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir is a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in North Carolina.

Occupational divisions in Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir:

  • 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 620 $24.18 $26.61 $55,360 2.8%
    13005 Personnel, Training, and Labor Relations Managers 280 $18.72 $21.45 $44,620 2.1%
    13008 Purchasing Managers 260 $18.51 $20.56 $42,760 3.1%
    13011 Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Managers 330 $24.06 $27.66 $57,520 4.8%
    13014 Administrative Services Managers 310 $15.26 $18.41 $38,300 2.7%
    13017 Engineering, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Managers 200 $29.36 $29.55 $61,450 3.4%
      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)
    15002 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents 30 $23.75 $25.09 $52,180 4.3%
    15005 Education Administrators 390 $22.30 $23.16 $48,170 3.0%
    15008 Medicine and Health Services Managers 180 $20.55 $22.25 $46,280 5.8%
    15014 Industrial Production Managers 700 $20.63 $23.08 $48,000 2.3%
    15017 Construction Managers 200 $20.60 $20.29 $42,200 3.4%
    15023 Communications, Transportation, and Utilities Operations Managers 180 $23.26 $25.04 $52,080 7.3%
    15026 Food Service and Lodging Managers 770 $9.52 $10.32 $21,470 4.4%
      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 4,410 $22.70 $27.33 $56,850 2.1%
    19999 All Other Managers and Administrators 730 $20.38 $22.05 $45,860 2.6%
    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 120 $15.56 $16.73 $34,800 3.6%
    21114 Accountants and Auditors 560 $16.70 $18.91 $39,340 4.3%
    21199 All Other Financial Specialists 110 $13.33 $15.32 $31,860 2.5%
    21302 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 120 $13.02 $16.21 $33,730 5.7%
    21305 Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products 40 $13.93 $14.10 $29,340 3.9%
    21308 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 230 $16.80 $17.50 $36,400 2.0%
    21511 Personnel, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists 190 $15.56 $16.45 $34,210 1.5%
    21902 Cost Estimators 160 $18.51 $18.97 $39,460 2.1%
    21908 Construction and Building Inspectors 50 $15.21 $15.64 $32,520 3.2%
    21911 Compliance Officers and Enforcement Inspectors, Except Construction 40 $14.74 $15.81 $32,880 1.7%
    21914 Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents 60 $16.00 $17.27 $35,920 4.4%
    21999 All Other Management Support Workers 540 $13.30 $14.73 $30,640 1.4%
      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 (*) $22.40 $23.56 $49,000 4.2%
    22126 Electrical and Electronic Engineers 50 $25.87 $25.19 $52,390 3.8%
    22127 Computer Engineers 40 $21.80 $22.36 $46,510 3.5%
    22128 Industrial Engineers, Except Safety 200 $21.71 $22.60 $47,010 2.3%
    22135 Mechanical Engineers 160 $20.49 $22.14 $46,040 3.9%
    22199 All Other Engineers 310 $22.38 $23.33 $48,520 1.8%
    22311 Surveyors and Mapping Scientists (*) $14.85 $16.29 $33,870 8.3%
    22502 Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists 30 $14.88 $14.95 $31,100 2.0%
    22505 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians and Technologists 210 $13.83 $13.88 $28,870 1.1%
    22508 Industrial Engineering Technicians and Technologists 160 $14.39 $15.36 $31,940 2.3%
    22511 Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists 40 $14.84 $16.94 $35,230 3.1%
    22514 Drafters 200 $13.19 $14.48 $30,130 2.3%
    22521 Surveying and Mapping Technicians 50 $11.51 $12.84 $26,700 7.7%
    22599 All Other Engineering and Related Technicians and Technologists 220 $15.85 $16.88 $35,100 2.0%
      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 $24.66 $24.37 $50,680 4.2%
    24505 Chemical Technicians and Technologists, Except Health 260 $16.23 $16.47 $34,260 1.1%
      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 160 $20.02 $21.37 $44,440 2.0%
    25103 Data Base Administrators 40 $20.01 $20.62 $42,880 3.7%
    25104 Computer Support Specialists 180 $16.03 $16.44 $34,190 1.3%
    25105 Computer Programmers 160 $19.40 $21.01 $43,710 2.0%
    25108 Computer Programmer Aides 40 $15.75 $16.30 $33,910 2.3%
      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 130 $19.40 $21.44 $44,600 4.8%
    27302 Social Workers, Medical and Psychiatric 400 $17.24 $16.92 $35,190 2.2%
    27305 Social Workers, Except Medical and Psychiatric 340 $14.12 $14.97 $31,140 2.4%
    27307 Residential Counselors 140 $9.05 $8.91 $18,530 5.8%
    27308 Human Services Workers 400 $9.89 $10.29 $21,410 7.1%
    27311 Recreation Workers 190 $8.05 $8.69 $18,080 1.7%
      Law and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    28108 Lawyers 170 $35.31 $33.72 $70,130 9.4%
      Teachers, Educators, Librarians, and Related Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    31114 Nursing Instructors, Postsecondary 70 * * $41,280 1.7%
    31202 Life Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 30 * * $42,870 2.3%
    31212 Health Assessment and Treatment Teachers, Postsecondary 50 * * $42,540 2.4%
    31214 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 70 * * $35,940 1.4%
    31218 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 50 * * $36,230 2.8%
    31224 Mathematical Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 50 * * $36,990 1.6%
    31226 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 30 * * $39,100 2.0%
    31303 Teachers, Preschool 440 $7.19 $7.78 $16,170 5.2%
    31304 Teachers, Kindergarten 360 * * $25,780 7.3%
    31305 Teachers, Elementary School 2,370 * * $31,050 1.3%
    31308 Teachers, Secondary School 1,020 * * $29,660 1.9%
    31311 Teachers, Special Education 340 * * $33,150 1.9%
    31314 Teachers and Instructors, Vocational Education and Training 530 $15.89 $16.22 $33,730 1.0%
    31317 Instructors, Nonvocational Education 420 $11.18 $11.90 $24,740 1.0%
    31321 Instructors and Coaches, Sports and Physical Training 230 $11.85 $12.17 $25,310 9.6%
    31399 All Other Teachers and Instructors 160 * * $20,050 17.2%
    31502 Librarians, Professional 160 $16.54 $17.22 $35,820 4.1%
    31505 Technical Assistants, Library 50 $9.19 $9.25 $19,230 5.0%
    31514 Vocational and Educational Counselors 310 $13.84 $13.58 $28,240 3.0%
    31517 Instructional Coordinators 120 $15.67 $16.04 $33,360 2.8%
    31521 Teacher Aides, Paraprofessional 890 $7.77 $7.97 $16,590 3.9%
      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 450 # $57.68** $119,970** 15.3%
    32105 Dentists 60 $51.97 $41.79** $86,930** 24.0%
    32114 Veterinarians and Veterinary Inspectors 30 $23.80 $30.09 $62,590 16.5%
    32302 Respiratory Therapists 70 $14.82 $15.17 $31,550 1.2%
    32305 Occupational Therapists 40 $20.77 $21.00 $43,690 6.1%
    32308 Physical Therapists 80 $25.69 $26.04 $54,170 3.6%
    32314 Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists 70 $18.58 $18.69 $38,870 3.0%
    32317 Recreational Therapists (*) $13.16 $13.32 $27,710 1.3%
    32399 All Other Therapists 60 $11.47 $13.81 $28,730 3.1%
    32502 Registered Nurses 2,570 $18.03 $19.09 $39,700 2.5%
    32505 Licensed Practical Nurses 970 $13.29 $13.37 $27,810 1.2%
    32508 Emergency Medical Technicians 190 $12.80 $12.33 $25,650 2.7%
    32511 Physician Assistants 90 $31.11 $26.82 $55,780 10.5%
    32514 Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring 50 $12.82 $12.86 $26,750 2.8%
    32517 Pharmacists 200 $27.74 $28.83 $59,960 7.6%
    32519 Pharmacy Technicians and Aides 180 $8.73 $8.68 $18,050 2.6%
    32521 Dietitians and Nutritionists 60 $14.58 $14.57 $30,310 2.0%
    32523 Dietetic Technicians (*) $7.14 $7.61 $15,830 4.2%
    32902 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 130 $14.98 $15.80 $32,860 1.8%
    32905 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 140 $13.64 $13.83 $28,760 3.8%
    32908 Dental Hygienists 120 $18.30 $18.10 $37,650 4.9%
    32911 Medical Records Technicians 120 $8.99 $9.72 $20,210 2.4%
    32919 Radiologic Technologists 160 $15.72 $15.63 $32,510 1.7%
    32928 Surgical Technologists and Technicians 70 $13.61 $13.23 $27,530 1.2%
    32931 Psychiatric Technicians 290 $9.62 $9.87 $20,530 1.9%
    32951 Veterinary Technicians and Technologists 50 $8.10 $8.32 $17,300 7.5%
    32999 All Other Health Professionals, Paraprofessionals, and Technicians (*) $12.38 $17.76 $36,940 5.0%
      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 30 $11.37 $11.81 $24,570 1.4%
    34008 Public Relations Specialists and Publicity Writers 30 $13.60 $14.24 $29,620 1.2%
    34017 Announcers, Radio and Television 50 $8.00 $8.83 $18,360 13.3%
    34035 Artists and Related Workers 30 $18.01 $17.48 $36,360 5.7%
    34038 Designers, Except Interior Designers 250 $9.63 $13.85 $28,800 4.2%
      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 $15.57 $16.98 $35,320 6.2%
    39014 Embalmers 30 $10.80 $12.26 $25,490 4.5%
    39999 All Other Professional, Paraprofessional, and Technical Workers 410 $15.38 $22.27 $46,330 5.1%
    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 1,460 $13.56 $16.48 $34,270 2.2%
      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 150 $10.99 $13.55 $28,190 6.4%
    43008 Sales Agents, Real Estate (*) $17.81 $16.46 $34,240 5.1%
    43014 Sales Agents, Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services 110 $17.65 $27.08 $56,320 20.6%
    43017 Sales Agents, Selected Business Services 100 $19.69 $20.61 $42,880 5.8%
    43021 Travel Agents 30 $10.30 $9.83 $20,450 1.3%
    43023 Sales Agents, Advertising 50 $14.39 $15.02 $31,240 6.2%
      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 $21.88 $22.01 $45,790 2.6%
    49005 Sales Representatives, Scientific and Related Products and Services, Except Retail 500 $22.05 $22.97 $47,770 2.3%
    49008 Sales Representatives, Except Retail and Scientific and Related Products and Services 1,220 $16.93 $19.70 $40,980 2.9%
    49011 Salespersons, Retail 4,380 $7.84 $9.56 $19,880 2.3%
    49014 Salespersons, Parts 490 $9.94 $13.59 $28,270 13.7%
    49017 Counter and Rental Clerks 360 $7.23 $7.82 $16,270 3.1%
    49021 Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 1,240 $7.26 $7.74 $16,100 1.6%
    49023 Cashiers 4,140 $6.32 $6.73 $13,990 1.8%
    49034 Demonstrators and Promoters 30 $8.18 $10.44 $21,720 7.7%
    49999 All Other Sales and Related Workers 360 $9.58 $11.28 $23,460 2.2%
    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 970 $13.56 $14.88 $30,950 1.5%
      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 650 $8.32 $8.54 $17,760 2.0%
    53105 New Accounts Clerks 120 $10.29 $10.53 $21,910 3.3%
    53121 Loan and Credit Clerks 110 $9.63 $9.60 $19,970 3.6%
    53123 Adjustment Clerks 480 $8.55 $9.17 $19,070 2.8%
    53128 Brokerage Clerks 40 $10.01 $10.63 $22,120 3.4%
    53302 Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators (*) $16.18 $15.69 $32,630 2.8%
    53311 Insurance Claims Clerks 90 $9.63 $9.50 $19,750 1.4%
    53314 Insurance Policy Processing Clerks (*) $10.84 $10.94 $22,760 8.0%
    53502 Welfare Eligibility Workers and Interviewers 110 $11.85 $12.88 $26,790 1.7%
    53508 Bill and Account Collectors 120 $9.70 $10.49 $21,820 6.7%
    53808 Hotel Desk Clerks 130 $7.29 $7.26 $15,100 2.0%
    53902 Library Assistants and Bookmobile Drivers 100 $8.70 $9.11 $18,950 1.7%
    53905 Teacher Aides and Educational Assistants, Clerical 760 $7.31 $7.28 $15,140 2.4%
      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 240 $11.64 $11.18 $23,260 4.8%
    55105 Medical Secretaries 250 $8.65 $9.55 $19,870 6.4%
    55108 Secretaries, Except Legal and Medical 2,320 $9.96 $10.13 $21,070 1.0%
    55305 Receptionists and Information Clerks 860 $8.60 $8.86 $18,440 1.5%
    55307 Typists, Including Word Processing 190 $10.12 $10.24 $21,300 2.5%
    55314 Personnel Clerks, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 230 $10.47 $10.74 $22,340 0.8%
    55321 File Clerks 130 $8.01 $8.00 $16,630 1.3%
    55323 Order Clerks, Materials, Merchandise, and Service 480 $10.38 $10.16 $21,140 1.5%
    55326 Procurement Clerks 110 $10.53 $10.56 $21,970 1.7%
    55335 Customer Service Representatives, Utilities 170 $14.87 $13.50 $28,080 3.1%
    55338 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,740 $10.66 $10.84 $22,540 1.0%
    55341 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 300 $10.60 $11.02 $22,930 1.5%
    55344 Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks 460 $10.02 $10.52 $21,880 1.8%
    55347 General Office Clerks 2,780 $8.89 $9.13 $19,000 0.9%
      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 70 $9.84 $9.90 $20,600 2.5%
    56008 Mail Machine Operators, Preparation and Handling (*) $7.84 $8.39 $17,460 4.6%
    56011 Computer Operators, Except Peripheral Equipment 160 $11.06 $11.75 $24,440 2.1%
    56017 Data Entry Keyers, Except Composing 290 $9.12 $9.30 $19,350 1.8%
    56099 All Other Office Machine Operators 30 $8.69 $9.16 $19,060 1.3%
      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 180 $8.54 $8.93 $18,570 1.3%
    57305 Postal Mail Carriers 360 $16.14 $15.80 $32,860 1.3%
      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 110 $10.20 $9.99 $20,770 1.5%
    58005 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 160 $16.92 $16.43 $34,170 3.4%
    58008 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 560 $11.37 $12.45 $25,900 1.1%
    58014 Meter Readers, Utilities 50 $10.56 $11.15 $23,200 2.1%
    58017 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 220 $9.30 $9.58 $19,920 4.8%
    58021 Marking Clerks 40 $8.88 $8.99 $18,700 1.6%
    58023 Stock Clerks - Stockroom, Warehouse or Storage Yard 1,400 $9.21 $9.59 $19,960 1.5%
    58028 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2,200 $9.77 $10.18 $21,180 1.0%
    58099 All Other Material Recording, Scheduling, and Distributing Workers 120 $10.13 $10.49 $21,810 1.5%
      Other Clerical and Administrative Support Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    59999 All Other Clerical and Administrative Support Workers 570 $9.75 $9.92 $20,640 1.2%
    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 120 $17.16 $18.18 $37,820 1.9%
    61008 Housekeeping Supervisors 70 $10.18 $9.95 $20,690 2.2%
    61099 All Other Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Service Workers 920 $10.67 $11.85 $24,650 4.9%
      Protective Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    63011 Police Detectives 40 $13.25 $13.69 $28,470 1.9%
    63014 Police Patrol Officers 260 $12.81 $13.71 $28,510 1.1%
    63047 Guards and Watch Guards 1,040 $7.15 $7.46 $15,520 1.7%
    63099 All Other Protective Service Workers 50 $11.03 $10.73 $22,310 2.4%
      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 330 $6.12 $6.59 $13,700 2.5%
    65005 Bartenders 170 $5.78 $6.21 $12,910 4.4%
    65008 Waiters and Waitresses 2,030 $5.76 $5.76 $11,980 1.6%
    65014 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 300 $6.10 $6.44 $13,400 3.1%
    65017 Counter Attendants - Lunchroom, Coffee Shop, or Cafeteria 140 $6.56 $6.70 $13,930 3.0%
    65021 Bakers, Bread and Pastry 170 $7.17 $7.25 $15,070 2.6%
    65023 Butchers and Meat Cutters 130 $10.61 $10.27 $21,370 2.1%
    65026 Cooks, Restaurant 1,020 $7.56 $7.89 $16,410 4.4%
    65028 Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria 510 $6.76 $7.14 $14,860 5.9%
    65032 Cooks, Fast Food 1,570 $5.83 $6.12 $12,720 2.7%
    65035 Cooks, Short Order 160 $6.26 $6.71 $13,960 2.7%
    65038 Food Preparation Workers 1,770 $6.39 $6.64 $13,800 1.7%
    65041 Combined Food Preparation and Service Workers 1,060 $6.32 $6.64 $13,810 2.7%
    65099 All Other Food Service Workers 230 $6.13 $6.53 $13,590 3.6%
      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 180 $9.93 $10.26 $21,340 4.4%
    66005 Medical Assistants 200 $9.57 $10.12 $21,050 6.2%
    66008 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,510 $7.52 $7.50 $15,600 1.5%
    66011 Home Health Aides 720 $6.50 $6.77 $14,070 3.8%
    66017 Physical and Corrective Therapy Assistants and Aides 50 $14.38 $14.43 $30,010 5.3%
    66021 Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides 30 $16.05 $15.44 $32,110 1.6%
    66099 All Other Health Service Workers 100 $10.30 $11.78 $24,490 1.0%
      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 820 $6.88 $6.90 $14,350 1.8%
    67005 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1,750 $7.39 $7.54 $15,690 1.2%
    67099 All Other Cleaning and Building Service Workers 220 $7.50 $7.56 $15,730 2.3%
      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 120 $6.19 $7.08 $14,720 8.6%
    68014 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 110 $6.20 $6.36 $13,220 2.7%
    68035 Personal and Home Care Aides 380 $7.45 $7.97 $16,590 2.8%
    68038 Child Care Workers 500 $7.22 $7.25 $15,090 4.2%
      Other Service Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    69999 All Other Service Workers 140 $7.51 $8.39 $17,450 1.9%
    Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Occupations top
      First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Agricultural and Related Workers top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    72002 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Workers 30 $13.02 $13.56 $28,200 2.4%
      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 70 $6.07 $6.55 $13,620 6.1%
    79041 Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping 720 $8.39 $8.73 $18,160 1.6%
    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 550 $16.72 $17.67 $36,750 1.6%
    81005 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Construction Trades and Extractive Workers 270 $15.40 $16.53 $34,380 2.3%
    81008 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Production and Operating Workers 2,640 $15.82 $16.25 $33,800 1.8%
    81011 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 220 $17.01 $17.81 $37,040 2.1%
    81017 First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 440 $12.79 $13.91 $28,940 2.6%
    81099 All Other First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Production, Construction, Maintenance, and Related Workers 260 $15.28 $16.76 $34,860 3.5%
      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 300 $10.03 $10.26 $21,340 1.4%
    83005 Production Inspectors, Testers, Graders, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1,880 $10.01 $10.01 $20,810 1.1%
    83099 All Other Inspectors, Testers, and Related Workers 30 $8.22 $8.90 $18,510 2.9%
      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 520 $13.30 $13.62 $28,330 0.9%
    85112 Machinery Maintenance Mechanics, Textile Machines 980 $11.20 $11.46 $23,830 1.8%
    85113 Machinery Maintenance Mechanics, Sewing Machines 110 $9.96 $10.19 $21,200 2.5%
    85118 Machinery Maintenance Mechanics, Water or Power Generation Plant (*) $21.74 $19.60 $40,770 4.0%
    85119 All Other Machinery Maintenance Mechanics 100 $13.40 $13.39 $27,850 1.0%
    85123 Millwrights 60 $13.61 $14.23 $29,600 4.8%
    85128 Machinery Maintenance Workers 180 $13.61 $13.38 $27,830 1.3%
    85132 Maintenance Repairers, General Utility 1,570 $11.03 $11.43 $23,780 1.6%
    85302 Automotive Mechanics 700 $11.97 $12.65 $26,300 2.4%
    85305 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 230 $13.58 $14.01 $29,140 2.7%
    85311 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 520 $13.04 $13.26 $27,580 1.6%
    85314 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 40 $13.05 $13.75 $28,590 2.4%
    85321 Farm Equipment Mechanics (*) $11.43 $11.65 $24,240 2.8%
    85328 Small Engine Specialists 50 $10.48 $10.12 $21,050 5.7%
    85702 Telephone and Cable Television Line Installers and Repairers 130 $14.39 $14.78 $30,740 11.7%
    85708 Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Repairers (*) $14.78 $14.76 $30,710 5.9%
    85714 Electric Motor, Transformer, and Related Repairers 40 $10.92 $10.80 $22,460 3.7%
    85723 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 90 $22.21 $21.28 $44,270 4.0%
    85799 All Other Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 30 $9.03 $8.79 $18,290 1.5%
    85902 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 180 $12.65 $12.63 $26,280 2.8%
    85926 Office Machine and Cash Register Servicers 60 $11.07 $11.28 $23,470 1.6%
    85938 Installers and Repairers, Manufactured Buildings, Mobile Homes, and Travel Trailers (*) $10.34 $10.25 $21,320 2.5%
    85947 Coin and Vending Machine Servicers and Repairers 70 $9.92 $10.38 $21,600 5.2%
    85953 Tire Repairers and Changers 160 $8.09 $8.41 $17,490 3.1%
    85999 All Other Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 300 $11.54 $12.11 $25,180 2.6%
      Construction Trades and Extractive Occupations top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    87102 Carpenters 640 $11.35 $11.03 $22,950 1.7%
    87202 Electricians 450 $12.02 $12.68 $26,370 1.9%
    87302 Brickmasons 280 $15.51 $15.20 $31,610 2.4%
    87311 Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers 70 $10.81 $11.57 $24,060 7.6%
    87402 Painters and Paperhangers, Construction and Maintenance 150 $10.84 $10.67 $22,190 1.5%
    87502 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 280 $13.08 $13.41 $27,900 1.9%
    87508 Pipelayers 60 $10.14 $10.24 $21,300 1.4%
    87708 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators 70 $10.48 $10.85 $22,560 2.7%
    87711 Highway Maintenance Workers 40 $8.60 $8.73 $18,160 1.5%
    87805 Sheet Metal Duct Installers 170 $10.53 $10.57 $21,980 1.7%
    87808 Roofers 100 $9.71 $10.27 $21,370 4.6%
    87814 Structural Metal Workers 40 $12.42 $12.65 $26,320 3.0%
    87999 All Other Construction and Extractive Workers, Except Helpers 40 $10.82 $10.46 $21,760 1.1%
      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 130 $15.80 $16.52 $34,370 5.3%
    89108 Machinists 660 $13.36 $12.83 $26,690 1.5%
    89111 Tool Grinders, Filers, Sharpeners, and Other Precision Grinders 80 $11.78 $11.40 $23,700 1.0%
    89132 Sheet Metal Workers 240 $10.76 $11.17 $23,230 1.5%
    89302 Pattern and Model Makers, Wood 80 $11.13 $11.62 $24,180 3.2%
    89305 Pattern Markers, Wood 170 $9.54 $10.08 $20,970 3.4%
    89308 Wood Machinists 2,600 $10.58 $10.42 $21,670 2.0%
    89311 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 1,150 $10.51 $10.36 $21,560 2.4%
    89314 Furniture Finishers 2,040 $9.74 $9.71 $20,190 1.6%
    89399 All Other Precision Woodworkers 830 $10.48 $10.29 $21,410 2.3%
    89502 Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers 380 $11.83 $12.75 $26,530 4.8%
    89505 Custom Tailors and Sewers 40 $7.31 $7.25 $15,090 2.4%
    89508 Upholsterers 3,450 $14.21 $14.30 $29,750 1.9%
    89599 All Other Precision Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers 530 $10.18 $10.47 $21,780 3.9%
    89808 Food Batchmakers 200 $10.85 $10.14 $21,090 1.6%
    89999 All Other Precision Workers 360 $9.19 $10.00 $20,810 2.9%
      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 30 $11.77 $11.48 $23,870 2.4%
    91108 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 90 $10.23 $10.29 $21,390 1.3%
    91114 Grinding, Lapping, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 220 $11.22 $11.26 $23,430 2.0%
    91117 Machine Tool Cutting Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 50 $10.65 $10.22 $21,260 1.2%
    91302 Punching Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 80 $13.89 $13.01 $27,050 1.8%
    91305 Press and Press-Brake Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic 80 $11.39 $11.13 $23,140 1.8%
    91321 Machine Forming Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 580 $10.35 $9.63 $20,030 1.2%
    91705 Welding Machine Operators and Tenders 100 $13.34 $12.60 $26,210 3.4%
    91902 Plastic Molding and Casting Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 80 $12.17 $12.26 $25,490 1.7%
    91905 Plastic Molding and Casting Machine Operators and Tenders 110 $8.63 $8.82 $18,340 4.8%
    92302 Sawing Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 170 $10.68 $11.01 $22,910 2.3%
    92305 Head Sawyers 60 $9.61 $9.62 $20,010 2.7%
    92308 Sawing Machine Operators and Tenders 710 $9.81 $10.06 $20,930 2.4%
    92311 Woodworking Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Except Sawing 990 $9.59 $9.56 $19,890 1.9%
    92314 Woodworking Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Sawing 1,790 $9.70 $9.59 $19,940 1.2%
    92510 Printing Press Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 60 $8.93 $9.37 $19,480 2.9%
    92512 Offset Lithographic Press Setters and Set-Up Operators 70 $14.28 $14.94 $31,070 5.8%
    92524 Screen Printing Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators (*) $8.39 $9.00 $18,710 1.5%
    92543 Printing Press Machine Operators and Tenders 180 $11.50 $11.34 $23,580 4.5%
    92546 Bindery Machine Operators and Tenders 70 $8.30 $9.57 $19,910 14.6%
    92702 Textile Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 680 $12.11 $12.48 $25,950 1.3%
    92705 Textile Machine Operators and Tenders, Winding, Twisting, Knitting, Weaving, and Cutting 3,970 $8.85 $9.10 $18,940 1.4%
    92708 Extruding and Forming Machine Operators and Tenders, Synthetic or Glass Fibers 80 $7.49 $7.49 $15,580 3.3%
    92714 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 600 $9.75 $9.91 $20,620 1.4%
    92717 Sewing Machine Operators, Garment 1,660 $7.73 $7.74 $16,100 1.2%
    92721 Sewing Machine Operators, Nongarment 2,330 $10.98 $11.19 $23,270 2.2%
    92726 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Pressing 200 $7.10 $7.22 $15,020 2.2%
    92728 Pressing Machine Operators and Tenders, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials 310 $8.77 $8.65 $17,990 1.7%
    92914 Paper Goods Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 180 $10.04 $9.96 $20,710 3.6%
    92923 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, or Kettle Operators and Tenders 90 $10.05 $10.21 $21,230 1.6%
    92926 Boiler Operators and Tenders, Low Pressure 110 $10.12 $10.05 $20,910 2.1%
    92941 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 150 $10.70 $10.23 $21,280 1.4%
    92944 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators and Tenders 390 $10.96 $11.04 $22,970 2.6%
    92951 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 240 $10.13 $10.29 $21,400 2.0%
    92953 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators and Tenders 780 $10.07 $10.42 $21,680 1.2%
    92956 Cementing and Gluing Machine Operators and Tenders 230 $8.17 $8.57 $17,820 1.7%
    92965 Crushing, Grinding, Mixing, and Blending Machine Operators and Tenders 270 $9.98 $10.02 $20,840 0.9%
    92971 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators and Tenders 340 $11.67 $11.18 $23,260 3.1%
    92974 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 640 $9.11 $9.20 $19,150 1.8%
    92997 All Other Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators 170 $10.77 $10.30 $21,430 1.3%
    92998 All Other Machine Operators and Tenders 2,980 $11.23 $11.27 $23,450 2.0%
      Hand Occupations, Including Assemblers and Fabricators top
    Wage Estimates
    OES Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual Mean RSE (1)
    93911 Glaziers, Manufacturing 70 $8.76 $8.80 $18,310 3.7%
    93914 Welders and Cutters 310 $10.14 $10.75 $22,370 1.8%
    93917 Solderers and Brazers (*) $7.77 $7.95 $16,530 3.9%
    93921 Pressers, Hand 80 $7.89 $8.06 $16,770 3.2%
    93926 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 1,240 $12.38 $12.63 $26,260 2.4%
    93928 Portable Machine Cutters 40 $7.81 $7.98 $16,610 1.6%
    93947 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers, Hand 190 $8.61 $9.52 $19,810 3.6%
    93953 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 450 $8.56 $8.69 $18,070 2.0%
    93956 Assemblers and Fabricators, Except Machine, Electrical, Electronic, and Precision 5,740 $9.19 $9.42 $19,590 1.0%
    93999 All Other Hand Workers 1,820 $8.27 $8.73 $18,160 1.8%
      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 120 $11.88 $12.26 $25,510 1.4%
      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 3,750 $15.15 $16.90 $35,160 3.6%
    97105 Truck Drivers, Light, Include Delivery and Route Workers 1,380 $9.64 $10.07 $20,940 2.2%
    97111 Bus Drivers, School 260 $6.71 $7.47 $15,540 11.5%
    97117 Driver/Sales Workers 170 $14.45 $14.20 $29,530 1.2%
    97805 Service Station Attendants 40 $6.25 $6.77 $14,090 7.6%
    97899 All Other Transportation and Related Workers 180 $9.90 $10.23 $21,280 2.2%
    97923 Excavating and Loading Machine Operators 230 $12.14 $12.24 $25,450 2.3%
    97938 Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators 240 $11.09 $11.42 $23,750 1.8%
    97947 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 730 $10.73 $11.33 $23,570 1.5%
    97951 Conveyor Operators and Tenders 60 $9.51 $9.72 $20,210 1.2%
    97956 Operating Engineers 30 $10.43 $11.09 $23,060 3.0%
    97989 All Other Material-Moving Equipment Operators 200 $8.73 $9.04 $18,800 1.6%
      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 370 $9.54 $9.97 $20,730 3.2%
    98311 Helpers, Brick and Stonemasons and Hard Tile Setters 190 $10.46 $10.28 $21,380 2.6%
    98312 Helpers, Carpenters and Related Workers 230 $9.30 $9.21 $19,160 2.1%
    98313 Helpers, Electricians and Power-Line Transmission Installers 160 $8.42 $8.52 $17,720 2.0%
    98315 Helpers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 100 $8.66 $8.80 $18,310 3.2%
    98319 Helpers, All Other Construction Trades Workers 80 $9.10 $9.02 $18,760 1.2%
    98502 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 2,290 $8.50 $8.90 $18,510 1.0%
    98705 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 140 $7.89 $8.13 $16,910 1.5%
    98799 All Other Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1,980 $8.74 $8.81 $18,330 0.8%
    98902 Hand Packers and Packagers 2,520 $8.25 $8.28 $17,210 1.0%
    98905 Vehicle Washers and Equipment Cleaners 300 $7.97 $8.54 $17,770 6.3%
    98999 All Other Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 3,090 $8.08 $8.30 $17,250 1.2%

    (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