Data tables for the overview of May 2016 occupational employment and wages

Employment for the largest construction and extraction occupations, May 2016
Occupation Employment

Construction laborers

912,100

Carpenters

676,980

Electricians

607,120

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

538,220

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

411,870

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

356,750

Painters, construction and maintenance

217,280

Cement masons and concrete finishers

173,920

Highway maintenance workers

143,320

Sheet metal workers

134,450
Highest and lowest paying construction and extraction occupations, May 2016
Occupation Annual mean wage

Elevator installers and repairers

$76,860

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

68,040

Boilermakers

62,200

Pile-driver operators

61,740

Construction and building inspectors

61,250

All occupations

49,630

Helpers--electricians

30,980

Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

30,640

Helpers--carpenters

30,200

Helpers--roofers

28,890

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

28,760
Employment for the largest healthcare occupations, May 2016
Occupation Employment

Registered nurses

2,857,180

Nursing assistants

1,443,150

Home health aides

814,300

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

702,400

Medical assistants

623,560

Pharmacy technicians

398,390

Physicians and surgeons, all other

338,620

Dental assistants

327,290

Pharmacists

305,510

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

244,960
Industries with the highest employment of registered nurses, May 2016
Industry Employment

General medical and surgical hospitals

1,649,480

Offices of physicians

196,540

Home healthcare services

179,280

Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

157,530

Outpatient care centers

128,180

Federal executive branch

77,790

Specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals

61,420

Elementary and secondary schools

52,750

Employment services

49,150

Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals

37,910
Highest and lowest paying states for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, May 2016
State Annual mean wage

Alaska

$95,720

California

94,480

Massachusetts

92,130

District of Columbia

90,630

Hawaii

90,330

United States

79,160

West Virginia

67,070

Tennessee

66,970

Arkansas

66,400

Mississippi

64,210

Louisiana

63,930
Highest and lowest paying metropolitan areas for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, May 2016
Metropolitan area Annual mean wage

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

$113,510

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division

112,140

Napa, CA

107,670

San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division

107,000

Salinas, CA

105,810

United States

79,160

Alexandria, LA

60,300

Jefferson City, MO

59,160

Lafayette, LA

59,100

Jackson, TN

58,300

Lake Charles, LA

53,540
Manufacturing industries with the highest and lowest annual mean wages for production occupations, May 2016
Industry Annual mean wage

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

$62,500

Basic chemical manufacturing

56,920

Aerospace product and parts manufacturing

52,040

Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing

49,960

Pesticide, fertilizer, and other agricultural chemical manufacturing

49,160

Production occupations, all industries

37,190

Other leather and allied product manufacturing

28,050

Cut and sew apparel manufacturing

27,220

Seafood product preparation and packaging

26,930

Apparel knitting mills

26,310

Apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing

25,870
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of production occupations, May 2016
State Percent

Indiana

12.7

Wisconsin

11.5

Alabama

11.2

Kentucky

10.9

Michigan

10.6

United States

6.5

Nevada

3.4

New Mexico

3.2

Maryland

3.0

Hawaii

2.5

District of Columbia

0.7
Metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest employment shares of production occupations, May 2016
Metropolitan area Percent

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

35.9

Columbus, IN

25.8

Dalton, GA

25.3

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

20.5

Sheboygan, WI

19.7

United States

6.5

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

1.9

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

1.8

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.8

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

1.6

Laredo, TX

1.3
Employment by typical entry-level educational requirement, as a percentage of total employment, May 2016
Typical entry level education required Percent

Doctoral or professional degree

2.5

Master's degree

1.7

Bachelor's degree

21.3

Associate's degree

2.4

Postsecondary nondegree award

6.0

Some college, no degree

2.6

High school diploma or equivalent

35.8

No formal educational credential

27.7
Annual mean wages by typical entry-level educational requirement, May 2016
Typical entry level education required Annual mean wage

Doctoral or professional degree

$127,310

Master's degree

75,130

Bachelor's degree

84,000

Associate's degree

54,510

Postsecondary nondegree award

40,250

Some college, no degree

38,170

High school diploma or equivalent

42,840

No formal educational credential

25,860

All occupations

49,630
States with the highest and lowest employment shares of occupations typically requiring a postsecondary nondegree award for entry, May 2016
State Percent

Arkansas

8.0

North Dakota

8.0

Nebraska

7.3

Tennessee

7.2

West Virginia

7.1

United States

6.0

Hawaii

5.2

California

5.1

New York

5.0

Nevada

4.6

District of Columbia

2.2
Highest and lowest paying states for occupations typically requiring a postsecondary nondegree award for entry, May 2016
State Annual mean wage

Alaska

$54,250

District of Columbia

50,340

Washington

46,970

California

45,550

Massachusetts

45,210

United States

40,250

Alabama

35,910

South Dakota

35,700

Mississippi

35,620

Arkansas

34,920

West Virginia

33,520
Employment for the largest STEM occupations, May 2016
Occupation Employment

Software developers, applications

794,000

Computer user support specialists

602,840

Computer systems analysts

568,960

Software developers, systems software

409,820

Network and computer systems administrators

376,820

Computer and information systems managers

352,510

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

328,370

Civil engineers

287,800

Mechanical engineers

285,790

Computer programmers

271,200
Highest and lowest paying STEM occupations, May 2016
Occupation Annual mean wage

Petroleum engineers

$147,030

Computer and information systems managers

145,740

Architectural and engineering managers

143,870

Natural sciences managers

136,150

Physicists

121,770

All occupations

49,630

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

47,930

Biological technicians

46,130

Surveying and mapping technicians

45,490

Agricultural and food science technicians

40,470

Forest and conservation technicians

38,630
Metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest employment shares of STEM occupations, May 2016
Metropolitan area Percent

California-Lexington Park, MD

22.2

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

21.9

Boulder, CO

16.9

Framingham, MA NECTA Division

16.7

Huntsville, AL

16.2

United States

6.3

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

1.6

Laredo, TX

1.5

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

1.4

Ocean City, NJ

1.1

Gadsden, AL

1.1
Employment for the largest occupations in the United States, May 2016
Occupation Employment (millions)

Retail salespersons

4.5

Cashiers

3.5

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3.4

Office clerks, general

3.0

Registered nurses

2.9

Customer service representatives

2.7

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2.6

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 in the United States, May 2016
Occupation Annual mean wage

General and operations managers

$122,090

Registered nurses

72,180

All occupations

49,630

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

36,140

Customer service representatives

35,170

Office clerks, general

33,010

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

28,720

Retail salespersons

27,180

Waiters and waitresses

24,410

Cashiers

21,680

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

20,460
Major occupational groups as a percentage of total U.S. employment, May 2016
Occupational group Percent

Office and administrative support

15.7

Sales and related

10.4

Food preparation and serving related

9.2

Transportation and material moving

6.9

Production

6.5

Education, training, and library

6.2

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9

Business and financial operations

5.2

Management

5.1

Construction and extraction

4.0

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9

Personal care and service

3.2

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2

Computer and mathematical

3.0

Healthcare support

2.9

Protective service

2.4

Architecture and engineering

1.8

Community and social service

1.4

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 2016
Occupation Employment

Elementary school teachers, except special education

1,250,270

Teacher assistants

985,120

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

887,250

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

651,310

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

557,220

Office clerks, general

533,330

Substitute teachers

523,150

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

510,140

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

501,800

Registered nurses

473,030

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017