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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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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)
70,030 2.8 % $21.80 $45,340 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.42 $11.80 $17.57 $27.83 $38.58
Annual Wage (2) $19,600 $24,550 $36,550 $57,880 $80,250


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)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 67,590 7.17 $21.73 $45,190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 460 0.03 $20.45 $42,550
Other Financial Investment Activities 290 0.06 $31.71 $65,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.00 $31.65 $65,820
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 100 0.02 $19.10 $39,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 67,590 7.17 $21.73 $45,190
Other Financial Investment Activities 290 0.06 $31.71 $65,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 460 0.03 $20.45 $42,550
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 100 0.02 $19.10 $39,730
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $15.99 $33,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage (8) (8) $34.98 $72,750
Other Financial Investment Activities 290 0.06 $31.71 $65,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $31.65 $65,820
Employment Services 100 (7) $28.36 $58,990
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $25.29 $52,610


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 10,590 0.66 1.33 $28.37 $59,010
Texas 6,850 0.58 1.17 $20.61 $42,870
Florida 3,500 0.43 0.85 $17.53 $36,470
Georgia 3,320 0.79 1.58 $19.43 $40,400
Michigan 2,440 0.58 1.16 $20.60 $42,850




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)
Oklahoma 1,360 0.86 1.72 $19.45 $40,450
Georgia 3,320 0.79 1.58 $19.43 $40,400
Oregon 1,400 0.78 1.56 $24.53 $51,020
Alaska 240 0.74 1.48 $26.34 $54,790
Indiana 2,020 0.67 1.35 $16.75 $34,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,440 0.42 0.84 $36.65 $76,230
Hawaii 230 0.36 0.73 $30.00 $62,410
California 10,590 0.66 1.33 $28.37 $59,010
New York 2,380 0.26 0.52 $27.75 $57,720
Alaska 240 0.74 1.48 $26.34 $54,790





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,160 0.75 1.50 $27.07 $56,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,150 0.84 1.69 $21.55 $44,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,940 0.66 1.32 $22.24 $46,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.22 0.44 $30.91 $64,290
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.93 1.86 $27.78 $57,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.53 1.06 $17.65 $36,710
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 1,130 1.12 2.24 $16.85 $35,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.44 0.89 $27.76 $57,750
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.99 1.99 $33.64 $69,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,020 0.97 1.95 $34.11 $70,940




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)
Warner Robins, GA 210 3.01 6.04 $11.13 $23,140
Farmington, NM 120 2.51 5.03 $15.63 $32,500
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 220 1.96 3.93 $38.89 $80,890
Amarillo, TX 180 1.58 3.16 $14.64 $30,460
Grants Pass, OR 40 1.48 2.97 $19.40 $40,350
Chico, CA 100 1.37 2.76 $16.35 $34,000
Lynchburg, VA 120 1.25 2.50 $16.29 $33,880
Punta Gorda, FL 60 1.24 2.48 $14.72 $30,630
New Bern, NC 50 1.16 2.33 $15.07 $31,340
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 1,130 1.12 2.24 $16.85 $35,050