Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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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)
68,720 3.0 % $22.64 $47,090 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.70 $12.40 $18.62 $28.88 $39.30
Annual Wage (2) $20,170 $25,800 $38,730 $60,080 $81,740


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 66,820 7.14 $22.67 $47,160
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 340 0.04 $26.85 $55,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 250 0.02 $18.08 $37,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.00 $31.12 $64,730
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 110 0.02 $19.83 $41,250

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 66,820 7.14 $22.67 $47,160
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 340 0.04 $26.85 $55,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 250 0.02 $18.08 $37,620
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 110 0.02 $19.83 $41,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 70 0.00 $19.00 $39,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 (7) $31.12 $64,730
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 340 0.04 $26.85 $55,840
Employment Services 90 (7) $23.80 $49,500
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 66,820 7.14 $22.67 $47,160
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 (7) $21.87 $45,490


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 10,710 0.64 1.33 $29.79 $61,970
Texas 6,730 0.57 1.17 $24.09 $50,120
Illinois 4,080 0.69 1.43 $17.30 $35,990
Florida 3,470 0.41 0.85 $18.86 $39,230
New York 2,840 0.31 0.64 $26.19 $54,470




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 1,410 0.90 1.86 $20.16 $41,930
Alaska 260 0.82 1.70 $23.77 $49,450
South Dakota 340 0.81 1.69 $20.47 $42,570
Idaho 520 0.76 1.58 $17.18 $35,740
Louisiana 1,420 0.75 1.55 $17.92 $37,260




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 160 0.23 0.47 $51.86 $107,880
Colorado 1,270 0.50 1.03 $35.45 $73,740
Massachusetts 1,750 0.50 1.03 $29.95 $62,300
California 10,710 0.64 1.33 $29.79 $61,970
Oregon 980 0.54 1.11 $27.75 $57,720



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,250 0.73 1.52 $28.73 $59,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,930 0.80 1.66 $17.45 $36,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.29 0.60 $29.96 $62,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,730 0.59 1.23 $28.83 $59,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,710 0.65 1.36 $22.06 $45,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.61 1.27 $20.07 $41,740
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.94 1.95 $28.36 $58,980
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,330 0.72 1.49 $31.48 $65,470
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.04 2.15 $35.48 $73,790
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,150 0.58 1.20 $17.60 $36,600


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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)
Warner Robins, GA 210 3.09 6.41 $10.85 $22,560
Enid, OK 70 2.90 6.01 $15.56 $32,350
Grants Pass, OR 40 1.58 3.29 $16.74 $34,830
San Angelo, TX 70 1.51 3.13 $21.67 $45,080
Tulsa, OK 630 1.48 3.07 $23.20 $48,250
Pocatello, ID 50 1.48 3.07 $16.15 $33,600
Port St. Lucie, FL 190 1.32 2.74 $10.86 $22,590
Rapid City, SD 80 1.27 2.64 $22.54 $46,890
Yuba City, CA 50 1.17 2.44 $17.90 $37,230
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 60 1.14 2.37 $16.77 $34,880


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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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.36 0.75 $41.04 $85,370
Raleigh, NC (8) (8) (8) $40.09 $83,380
Dayton, OH 240 0.66 1.36 $39.32 $81,780
Salem, OR 80 0.48 1.00 $36.29 $75,490
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,000 0.92 1.91 $36.15 $75,190
Akron, OH (8) (8) (8) $35.60 $74,050
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.04 2.15 $35.48 $73,790
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 330 0.56 1.16 $35.19 $73,200
New Haven, CT 40 0.16 0.32 $34.47 $71,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 120 0.39 0.81 $33.99 $70,700

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 2.20 $14.77 $30,720
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.26 2.61 $19.43 $40,420
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.84 1.74 $18.46 $38,400
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 140 0.76 1.58 $14.88 $30,950
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 1.86 $17.20 $35,770

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)
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.64 3.41 $17.69 $36,800
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.26 2.61 $19.43 $40,420
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 1.17 2.42 $15.51 $32,260
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 2.20 $14.77 $30,720
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 1.04 2.15 $14.60 $30,370

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)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.80 $57,830
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.73 $26.89 $55,930
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.49 1.02 $26.71 $55,560
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 1.20 $25.51 $53,060
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.70 $51,380


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