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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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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)
68,090 2.9 % $22.53 $46,860 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.88 $12.64 $18.94 $28.90 $39.29
Annual Wage (2) $20,550 $26,280 $39,390 $60,120 $81,720


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 66,140 6.89 $22.47 $46,740
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 410 0.04 $29.31 $60,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 220 0.01 $33.83 $70,360
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 160 0.03 $16.02 $33,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $29.17 $60,680

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 66,140 6.89 $22.47 $46,740
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 410 0.04 $29.31 $60,960
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 160 0.03 $16.02 $33,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $29.17 $60,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 220 0.01 $33.83 $70,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 30 (7) $41.82 $86,980
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 220 0.01 $33.83 $70,360
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 410 0.04 $29.31 $60,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $29.17 $60,680
Employment Services 110 (7) $24.35 $50,650


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 10,200 0.60 1.27 $27.42 $57,040
Texas 6,280 0.52 1.10 $23.92 $49,750
Florida 4,120 0.48 1.02 $18.76 $39,020
New York 4,070 0.43 0.92 $30.50 $63,440
Illinois 3,370 0.56 1.19 $14.52 $30,200




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 1,460 0.92 1.95 $20.59 $42,820
South Dakota 380 0.90 1.91 $20.50 $42,650
Alaska 260 0.83 1.76 $26.81 $55,760
Tennessee 2,390 0.81 1.72 $22.44 $46,670
Vermont 230 0.75 1.58 $22.52 $46,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 250 0.35 0.73 $46.67 $97,070
Massachusetts 1,600 0.45 0.95 $31.57 $65,670
New York 4,070 0.43 0.92 $30.50 $63,440
Colorado 1,130 0.43 0.91 $27.72 $57,650
California 10,200 0.60 1.27 $27.42 $57,040





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-Anaheim, CA 4,870 0.80 1.69 $26.76 $55,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,300 0.45 0.96 $30.39 $63,210
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,750 0.59 1.26 $14.39 $29,930
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,370 0.66 1.41 $23.44 $48,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,830 0.68 1.45 $21.29 $44,290
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,500 0.58 1.23 $16.64 $34,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,490 0.62 1.31 $34.10 $70,930
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,440 0.52 1.11 $32.03 $66,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,330 0.42 0.90 $26.54 $55,200
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,280 1.32 2.81 $23.64 $49,180




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 170 2.40 5.09 $11.53 $23,990
Farmington, NM 100 2.06 4.38 $14.89 $30,970
San Angelo, TX 70 1.57 3.33 $22.17 $46,110
Grants Pass, OR 40 1.54 3.28 $14.87 $30,920
Victoria, TX 60 1.47 3.13 $24.27 $50,470
Johnson City, TN 100 1.36 2.89 $17.80 $37,030
Port St. Lucie, FL 190 1.32 2.82 $13.49 $28,060
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,280 1.32 2.81 $23.64 $49,180
Bowling Green, KY 90 1.27 2.69 $19.21 $39,950
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 690 1.25 2.66 $22.60 $47,010