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Data tables for the overview of May 2017 occupational employment and wages

Employment for the largest production occupations, May 2017
Occupation Employment

Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers

1,306,150

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

611,800

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

537,500

Helpers--production workers

402,140

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

392,910

Machinists

378,320

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

377,250

Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers

263,040

Production workers, all other

256,050

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

209,350
Highest paying production occupations, May 2017
Occupation Annual mean wage

Nuclear power reactor operators

$94,350

Power distributors and dispatchers

82,310

Power plant operators

75,970

Gas plant operators

69,600

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

68,190

Stationary engineers and boiler operators

62,710

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

62,660

Chemical plant and system operators

61,620

Plant and system operators, all other

57,150

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic

55,770

All occupations

50,620
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of production occupations, May 2017
State Percent

Indiana

12.4

Wisconsin

11.6

Alabama

11.3

Kentucky

10.6

Michigan

10.6

United States

6.3

Alaska

3.5

New Mexico

3.2

Maryland

2.9

Hawaii

2.4

District of Columbia

0.7
Metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest employment shares of production occupations, May 2017
Metropolitan area Percent

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

36.0

Dalton, GA

25.7

Columbus, IN

24.8

Kokomo, IN

22.4

Cleveland, TN

20.9

United States

6.3

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

1.8

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

1.7

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

1.4

Laredo, TX

1.2

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.2
Manufacturing industries with the highest and lowest annual mean wages for production occupations, May 2017
Industry Annual mean wage

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

$63,620

Aerospace product and parts manufacturing

54,040

Chemical manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only)

51,240

Motor vehicle manufacturing

49,260

Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills

48,960

Production occupations, all industries

38,070

Other leather and allied product manufacturing

28,200

Cut and sew apparel manufacturing

27,960

Seafood product preparation and packaging

27,710

Apparel knitting mills

27,280

Apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing

27,150
Employment for the largest healthcare occupations, May 2017
Occupation Employment

Registered nurses

2,906,840

Nursing assistants

1,453,670

Home health aides

820,960

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

702,700

Medical assistants

646,320

Pharmacy technicians

417,720

Physicians and surgeons, all other

355,460

Dental assistants

337,160

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

322,380

Pharmacists

309,330
Industries with the highest employment of registered nurses, May 2017
Industry Employment

General medical and surgical hospitals

1,685,820

Offices of physicians

196,040

Home health care services

179,310

Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

155,450

Outpatient care centers

132,070

Federal executive branch

79,220

Specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals

62,310

Elementary and secondary schools

53,490

Employment services

51,310

Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals

39,100
Highest and lowest paying states for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, May 2017
State Annual mean wage

Alaska

$98,020

Hawaii

96,670

California

96,130

Massachusetts

95,660

District of Columbia

93,420

United States

80,760

Kansas

69,170

West Virginia

68,280

Arkansas

66,450

Louisiana

64,850

Mississippi

64,620
Highest and lowest paying metropolitan areas for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, May 2017
Metropolitan area Annual mean wage

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

$115,280

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

108,700

Salinas, CA

108,160

Yuba City, CA

106,440

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

105,260

United States

80,760

Jefferson City, MO

59,040

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

58,590

Lafayette, LA

58,080

Morristown, TN

57,670

Lake Charles, LA

57,580
Employment for the largest construction and extraction occupations, May 2017
Occupation Employment

Construction laborers

962,060

Carpenters

693,050

Electricians

631,080

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

556,300

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

428,260

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

365,300

Painters, construction and maintenance

221,340

Cement masons and concrete finishers

178,640

Highway maintenance workers

146,580

Sheet metal workers

132,920
Highest and lowest paying construction and extraction occupations, May 2017
Occupation Annual mean wage

Elevator installers and repairers

$77,130

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

69,200

Pile-driver operators

63,770

Boilermakers

63,010

Construction and building inspectors

62,020

All occupations

50,620

Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

31,830

Helpers, construction trades, all other

31,830

Helpers--carpenters

31,100

Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons

30,570

Helpers--roofers

29,710
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of construction and extraction occupations, May 2017
State Percent

Wyoming

9.6

North Dakota

7.8

Louisiana

6.3

Montana

6.2

New Mexico

6.1

United States

4.0

Michigan

3.2

Connecticut

3.0

New Jersey

3.0

Illinois

3.0

District of Columbia

1.9
Metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest employment shares of construction and extraction occupations, May 2017
State Percent

Lake Charles, LA

17.1

Odessa, TX

13.4

Farmington, NM

11.1

Greeley, CO

11.1

Midland, TX

10.6

United States

4.0

Trenton, NJ

2.0

Danville, IL

2.0

Rome, GA

1.9

Ann Arbor, MI

1.7

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

1.7
Highest and lowest paying metropolitan areas for construction and extraction occupations, May 2017
Metropolitan area Annual mean wage

Urban Honolulu, HI

$68,800

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

68,770

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

68,120

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

67,880

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

67,200

United States

49,930

El Paso, TX

33,740

Gadsden, AL

33,550

Killeen-Temple, TX

33,460

Sebring, FL

32,520

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

31,820
Employment by typical entry-level educational requirement, as a percentage of total employment, May 2017
Typical entry level education required Percent

Doctoral or professional degree

2.5

Master's degree

1.8

Bachelor's degree

21.5

Associate's degree

2.3

Postsecondary nondegree award

6.1

Some college, no degree

2.5

High school diploma or equivalent

39.0

No formal educational credential

24.3
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of occupations typically requiring an associate's degree for entry, May 2017
State Percent

Vermont

2.9

Maryland

2.8

West Virginia

2.7

Delaware

2.7

New Mexico

2.7

United States

2.3

Arkansas

2.0

Alabama

2.0

Kentucky

2.0

Hawaii

1.9

Nevada

1.8
Annual mean wages by typical entry-level educational requirement, May 2017
Typical entry level education required Annual mean wage

Doctoral or professional degree

$128,960

Master's degree

75,730

Bachelor's degree

85,450

Associate's degree

56,140

Postsecondary nondegree award

41,440

Some college, no degree

38,730

High school diploma or equivalent

41,920

No formal educational credential

26,910

All occupations

50,620
Highest paying occupations that typically require less than a bachelor's degree for entry, May 2017
Occupation Annual mean wage

Air traffic controllers

$120,260

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

100,740

Nuclear power reactor operators

94,350

Funeral service managers

93,090

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

91,590

Commercial pilots

89,350

Athletes and sports competitors

88,300

Radiation therapists

85,190

Gaming managers

83,460

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

83,370

All occupations

50,620
Highest and lowest paying states for occupations typically requiring an associate's degree for entry, May 2017
State Annual mean wage

District of Columbia

$73,500

Alaska

67,220

Washington

66,120

Virginia

64,460

California

63,090

United States

56,140

Montana

48,040

Mississippi

47,420

West Virginia

47,400

Arkansas

47,180

South Dakota

45,310
Employment for the largest STEM occupations, May 2017
Occupation Employment

Software developers, applications

849,230

Computer user support specialists

613,780

Computer systems analysts

581,960

Software developers, systems software

394,590

Network and computer systems administrators

375,040

Computer and information systems managers

365,690

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

327,190

Computer occupations, all other

315,830

Civil engineers

298,910

Mechanical engineers

291,290
Highest and lowest paying STEM occupations, May 2017
Occupation Annual mean wage

Petroleum engineers

$154,780

Computer and information systems managers

149,730

Architectural and engineering managers

146,290

Natural sciences managers

133,670

Physicists

123,080

All occupations

50,620

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

49,310

Biological technicians

47,410

Surveying and mapping technicians

46,350

Agricultural and food science technicians

42,910

Forest and conservation technicians

39,180
Metropolitan areas with the highest employment shares of STEM occupations, May 2017
Metropolitan area Percent

California-Lexington Park, MD

26.2

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

20.5

Boulder, CO

17.4

Huntsville, AL

16.3

Corvallis, OR

14.3

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

12.7

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

11.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

11.5

Ames, IA

11.4

Raleigh, NC

11.3

United States

6.2
Employment for the largest occupations, May 2017
Occupation Employment (millions)

Retail salespersons

4.4

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3.6

Cashiers

3.6

Office clerks, general

3.0

Registered nurses

2.9

Customer service representatives

2.8

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2.7

Waiters and waitresses

2.6

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

2.3

General and operations managers

2.2
Annual mean wages for the largest occupations, May 2017
Occupation Annual mean wage

General and operations managers

$123,460

Registered nurses

73,550

All occupations

50,620

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

36,920

Customer service representatives

35,650

Office clerks, general

33,910

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

29,690

Retail salespersons

27,460

Waiters and waitresses

25,280

Cashiers

22,130

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

21,230
Major occupational groups as a percentage of total employment, May 2017
Occupational group Percent

Office and administrative support

15.4

Sales and related

10.2

Food preparation and serving related

9.3

Transportation and material moving

7.0

Production

6.3

Education, training, and library

6.1

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.0

Business and financial operations

5.2

Management

5.1

Construction and extraction

4.0

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9

Personal care and service

3.6

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.1

Computer and mathematical

3.0

Healthcare support

2.9

Protective service

2.4

Architecture and engineering

1.8

Community and social service

1.5

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4

Life, physical, and social science

0.8

Legal

0.8

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3
Occupations with the highest employment in the public sector, May 2017
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,267,330

Teacher assistants

1,016,250

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

908,480

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

656,000

Office clerks, general

553,830

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

552,500

Substitute teachers

515,200

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

508,590

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

501,860

Registered nurses

475,810

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018