Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

13-1075 Labor Relations Specialists

Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints. Excludes equal employment opportunity (EEO) officers who are included in "Compliance Officers" (13-1041).


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)
78,510 1.7 % $31.51 $65,540 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.05 $16.88 $30.38 $42.44 $56.00
Annual Wage (2) $18,820 $35,120 $63,200 $88,270 $116,480


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)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 65,440 15.01 $30.25 $62,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,090 0.09 $43.69 $90,870
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 970 0.02 $35.94 $74,760
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 960 0.04 $34.13 $70,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 650 0.01 $35.62 $74,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 65,440 15.01 $30.25 $62,920
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 130 0.11 $33.69 $70,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,090 0.09 $43.69 $90,870
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 170 0.08 $44.94 $93,480
Civic and Social Organizations 230 0.06 $20.44 $42,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 30 0.01 $51.51 $107,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) $51.04 $106,170
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $49.95 $103,900
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $48.57 $101,030
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 120 0.02 $48.15 $100,160


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 8,160 0.49 0.89 $39.08 $81,280
New York 7,740 0.84 1.53 $39.69 $82,560
Ohio 6,370 1.19 2.15 $18.36 $38,190
Illinois 5,310 0.90 1.63 $24.94 $51,870
Pennsylvania 4,990 0.86 1.57 $33.74 $70,180




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)
Wisconsin 3,470 1.23 2.23 $19.30 $40,150
Ohio 6,370 1.19 2.15 $18.36 $38,190
Rhode Island 450 0.95 1.73 $30.29 $62,990
Connecticut 1,560 0.94 1.71 $30.24 $62,900
Michigan 3,890 0.91 1.65 $32.47 $67,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 60 0.15 0.28 $45.73 $95,130
New Jersey 3,520 0.88 1.59 $45.69 $95,020
District of Columbia 480 0.67 1.22 $45.39 $94,410
New York 7,740 0.84 1.53 $39.69 $82,560
Alaska 150 0.46 0.84 $39.64 $82,450



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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 6,070 0.91 1.65 $42.70 $88,820
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,490 0.95 1.73 $25.09 $52,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,840 0.64 1.16 $40.34 $83,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,940 1.01 1.83 $34.89 $72,570
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,490 2.03 3.68 $33.98 $70,690
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,360 1.32 2.40 $20.56 $42,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.82 1.49 $37.82 $78,660
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,250 0.92 1.68 $32.21 $67,010
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,240 0.68 1.23 $29.72 $61,820
Pittsburgh, PA 1,190 1.05 1.91 $25.58 $53,200


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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)
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 120 3.27 5.94 $10.27 $21,350
Lima, OH 140 2.85 5.17 $13.76 $28,620
Wausau, WI 180 2.53 4.60 $12.82 $26,650
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 230 2.43 4.41 $16.85 $35,060
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 500 2.33 4.24 $32.94 $68,520
Springfield, IL 230 2.16 3.92 (8) (8)
Kokomo, IN 80 2.10 3.81 $28.83 $59,960
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,490 2.03 3.68 $33.98 $70,690
Toledo, OH 600 2.01 3.66 $17.00 $35,360
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 410 1.91 3.47 $17.24 $35,870


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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)
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $54.67 $113,720
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 120 0.95 1.73 $53.02 $110,280
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.84 1.53 $49.17 $102,280
Trenton, NJ 270 1.16 2.11 $47.56 $98,910
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 740 1.64 2.98 $45.66 $94,970
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.19 0.35 $44.46 $92,480
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,070 0.91 1.65 $42.70 $88,820
Fresno, CA 150 0.42 0.75 $42.41 $88,210
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 850 0.73 1.33 $41.82 $86,990
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) $41.39 $86,100

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 360 1.08 1.96 $12.68 $26,360
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 330 1.66 3.02 $15.66 $32,570
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 1.11 2.01 $36.71 $76,350
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 280 1.10 2.00 $14.65 $30,470
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.04 1.89 $27.71 $57,630

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 330 1.66 3.02 $15.66 $32,570
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.46 2.65 $16.32 $33,950
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.36 2.47 $16.15 $33,580
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 180 1.34 2.44 $13.38 $27,830
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 1.17 2.12 $15.43 $32,100

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.98 $101,890
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 0.94 $43.18 $89,810
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.89 $78,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.83 1.50 $37.76 $78,540
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 1.11 2.01 $36.71 $76,350


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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