Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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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)
2,950 4.0 % $29.32 $60,990 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.49 $17.61 $26.49 $38.61 $49.44
Annual Wage (2) $28,050 $36,630 $55,110 $80,310 $102,830


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 790 0.01 $19.94 $41,480
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $44.88 $93,340
State Government (OES Designation) 510 0.02 $24.59 $51,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 270 0.04 $28.76 $59,810
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 140 0.09 $23.45 $48,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 140 0.09 $23.45 $48,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 270 0.04 $28.76 $59,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $44.88 $93,340
State Government (OES Designation) 510 0.02 $24.59 $51,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 790 0.01 $19.94 $41,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $44.88 $93,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $31.40 $65,310
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $30.57 $63,580
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $29.92 $62,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $29.75 $61,880


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 460 0.05 2.43 $15.99 $33,250
California 260 0.02 0.77 $36.28 $75,460
Virginia 140 0.04 1.83 $35.07 $72,930
Mississippi 120 0.11 5.02 $20.26 $42,140
Texas 120 0.01 0.48 $32.99 $68,620




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)
Mississippi 120 0.11 5.02 $20.26 $42,140
Utah 60 0.05 2.25 $22.92 $47,670
New York 460 0.05 2.43 $15.99 $33,250
Virginia 140 0.04 1.83 $35.07 $72,930
Oregon 50 0.03 1.23 $28.43 $59,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 80 0.03 1.52 $37.93 $78,900
Colorado 60 0.02 1.09 $37.79 $78,600
California 260 0.02 0.77 $36.28 $75,460
Virginia 140 0.04 1.83 $35.07 $72,930
New Jersey 110 0.03 1.29 $34.98 $72,760





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.12 5.75 $47.20 $98,180
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.01 0.62 $29.14 $60,600
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 3.54 $22.14 $46,040
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 4.64 $14.67 $30,500
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 4.04 $35.32 $73,470
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.61 $31.57 $65,660
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.09 4.42 $16.96 $35,280
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.22 $38.92 $80,960
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.11 5.32 $32.54 $67,680
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.04 1.75 $33.39 $69,460




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.12 5.75 $47.20 $98,180
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.11 5.32 $32.54 $67,680
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 4.64 $14.67 $30,500
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.09 4.42 $16.96 $35,280
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 4.04 $35.32 $73,470
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 3.54 $22.14 $46,040
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.04 2.14 $32.12 $66,810
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.04 1.75 $33.39 $69,460
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 30 0.03 1.53 $42.12 $87,600
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 1.31 $27.45 $57,090




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.12 5.75 $47.20 $98,180
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 30 0.03 1.53 $42.12 $87,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.22 $38.92 $80,960
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 4.04 $35.32 $73,470
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.04 1.75 $33.39 $69,460
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.11 5.32 $32.54 $67,680
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.04 2.14 $32.12 $66,810
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.61 $31.57 $65,660
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.01 0.62 $29.14 $60,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $28.22 $58,690

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 19.17 $13.86 $28,830
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 20.06 $13.52 $28,120
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 10.20 $14.18 $29,500

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 20.06 $13.52 $28,120
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 19.17 $13.86 $28,830
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 10.20 $14.18 $29,500

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 10.20 $14.18 $29,500
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 19.17 $13.86 $28,830
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 20.06 $13.52 $28,120


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017