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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

13-2053 Insurance Underwriters

Review individual applications for insurance to evaluate degree of risk involved and determine acceptance of applications.


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)
89,910 2.3 % $37.34 $77,660 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.09 $25.42 $33.54 $45.24 $59.45
Annual Wage (2) $41,800 $52,880 $69,760 $94,100 $123,660


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)
Insurance Carriers 52,710 4.52 $37.38 $77,760
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 26,690 2.37 $37.69 $78,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,090 0.13 $33.36 $69,400
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 2,620 0.42 $39.25 $81,630
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 1,800 0.09 $35.05 $72,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 52,710 4.52 $37.38 $77,760
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 150 3.44 $30.60 $63,650
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 26,690 2.37 $37.69 $78,390
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 2,620 0.42 $39.25 $81,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,090 0.13 $33.36 $69,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 220 0.02 $51.23 $106,550
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 770 0.08 $46.82 $97,380
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 2,620 0.42 $39.25 $81,630
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 26,690 2.37 $37.69 $78,390
Insurance Carriers 52,710 4.52 $37.38 $77,760


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)
New York 7,930 0.86 1.37 $46.43 $96,570
California 7,340 0.44 0.70 $41.95 $87,260
Illinois 5,920 1.00 1.58 $37.02 $76,990
Georgia 5,500 1.28 2.03 $40.63 $84,500
Texas 5,310 0.45 0.71 $32.35 $67,290




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)
Connecticut 2,790 1.69 2.68 $40.00 $83,200
Nebraska 1,540 1.59 2.51 $33.54 $69,760
Georgia 5,500 1.28 2.03 $40.63 $84,500
Iowa 1,810 1.18 1.87 $32.35 $67,290
Illinois 5,920 1.00 1.58 $37.02 $76,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 3,230 0.81 1.28 $46.69 $97,110
New York 7,930 0.86 1.37 $46.43 $96,570
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.07 $44.76 $93,110
Massachusetts 3,190 0.90 1.43 $42.89 $89,200
California 7,340 0.44 0.70 $41.95 $87,260



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,620 0.84 1.33 $51.19 $106,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,950 1.89 3.00 $41.44 $86,190
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.08 1.71 $38.84 $80,780
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,490 1.35 2.14 $43.62 $90,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,050 0.82 1.30 $33.10 $68,860
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,680 2.89 4.58 $38.09 $79,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,570 0.79 1.26 $37.41 $77,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.34 0.55 $44.43 $92,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.94 1.50 $41.33 $85,960
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,500 1.42 2.25 $38.79 $80,680


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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)
Bloomington, IL 900 10.16 16.12 $33.71 $70,110
Sheboygan, WI 210 3.70 5.87 $28.51 $59,310
Columbia, MO 310 3.38 5.36 $26.08 $54,240
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,220 3.35 5.31 $34.91 $72,620
Utica-Rome, NY 390 3.17 5.02 $39.59 $82,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,680 2.89 4.58 $38.09 $79,230
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 590 2.76 4.37 $28.49 $59,250
Lincoln, NE 480 2.73 4.33 $34.31 $71,370
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 970 1.99 3.15 $33.38 $69,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,950 1.89 3.00 $41.44 $86,190


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 300 0.73 1.16 $59.62 $124,000
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,620 0.84 1.33 $51.19 $106,480
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $48.67 $101,240
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.06 1.68 $47.63 $99,070
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $47.31 $98,410
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.75 1.20 $46.60 $96,930
Huntsville, AL (8) (8) (8) $44.58 $92,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.34 0.55 $44.43 $92,410
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 330 0.63 1.00 $44.26 $92,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,490 1.35 2.14 $43.62 $90,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.75 2.77 $34.75 $72,280
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 0.95 1.51 $30.05 $62,510
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.96 1.53 $24.92 $51,830
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.88 2.98 $30.95 $64,370
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.88 1.40 $32.07 $66,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.88 2.98 $30.95 $64,370
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.75 2.77 $34.75 $72,280
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.96 1.53 $24.92 $51,830
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 0.95 1.51 $30.05 $62,510
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.88 1.40 $32.07 $66,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 0.60 $37.66 $78,340
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.75 2.77 $34.75 $72,280
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 0.84 $33.33 $69,320
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 0.89 $32.93 $68,500
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 0.46 $32.12 $66,820


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018