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)
53,040 3.6 % $24.61 $51,180 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.27 $16.95 $22.53 $29.24 $38.04
Annual Wage (2) $27,600 $35,260 $46,850 $60,830 $79,120


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)
Legal Services 24,690 2.19 $22.84 $47,510
Insurance Carriers 13,880 1.19 $25.71 $53,480
Real Estate 3,690 0.23 $28.32 $58,910
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,000 1.48 $37.29 $77,570
Automobile Dealers 1,140 0.09 $17.43 $36,240

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 24,690 2.19 $22.84 $47,510
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,000 1.48 $37.29 $77,570
Insurance Carriers 13,880 1.19 $25.71 $53,480
Real Estate 3,690 0.23 $28.32 $58,910
Land Subdivision 80 0.20 $25.73 $53,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,000 1.48 $37.29 $77,570
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $31.27 $65,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $30.54 $63,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,060 0.05 $30.52 $63,470
Residential Building Construction 90 0.01 $30.35 $63,130


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)
Texas 6,710 0.56 1.52 $30.15 $62,710
California 4,670 0.28 0.75 $29.81 $62,010
Florida 4,450 0.53 1.42 $22.82 $47,470
New York 3,510 0.38 1.02 $26.36 $54,830
Ohio 2,220 0.41 1.11 $22.55 $46,890




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 2,030 1.29 3.46 $22.43 $46,660
North Dakota 420 1.02 2.73 $27.99 $58,210
South Dakota 340 0.82 2.21 $26.18 $54,460
Wyoming 220 0.81 2.17 $23.23 $48,330
Idaho 470 0.69 1.86 $30.69 $63,830




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 50 0.07 0.19 $33.00 $68,640
Oregon 750 0.41 1.11 $30.90 $64,270
Idaho 470 0.69 1.86 $30.69 $63,830
Texas 6,710 0.56 1.52 $30.15 $62,710
California 4,670 0.28 0.75 $29.81 $62,010



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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 1,990 0.30 0.80 $27.82 $57,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,170 0.60 1.62 $28.31 $58,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.26 0.70 $27.64 $57,490
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.83 2.22 $18.74 $38,970
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.00 2.70 $25.50 $53,030
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 930 0.72 1.95 $19.00 $39,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 870 0.44 1.17 $26.38 $54,870
Oklahoma City, OK 830 1.38 3.71 $22.07 $45,900
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 740 1.40 3.75 $23.64 $49,180
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 740 0.20 0.54 $21.08 $43,840


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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)
Cheyenne, WY 90 1.89 5.08 $24.52 $50,990
Midland, TX 160 1.81 4.86 $33.34 $69,340
Tulsa, OK 630 1.47 3.94 $25.14 $52,290
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 740 1.40 3.75 $23.64 $49,180
Oklahoma City, OK 830 1.38 3.71 $22.07 $45,900
Walla Walla, WA 30 1.26 3.38 $21.22 $44,140
Sherman-Denison, TX 60 1.25 3.36 $18.67 $38,840
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.00 2.70 $25.50 $53,030
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 80 0.98 2.63 $22.36 $46,500
Santa Fe, NM 60 0.97 2.62 $25.09 $52,180


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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)
Tyler, TX 60 0.59 1.58 $34.61 $71,990
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.38 1.02 $34.00 $70,720
Midland, TX 160 1.81 4.86 $33.34 $69,340
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.41 $67,410
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 470 0.41 1.09 $31.62 $65,770
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.40 1.08 $31.60 $65,730
Eugene, OR (8) (8) (8) $30.62 $63,690
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 420 0.29 0.78 $30.52 $63,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 530 0.37 0.99 $30.48 $63,390
Asheville, NC (8) (8) (8) $30.17 $62,760

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 1.49 4.01 $18.91 $39,330
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.74 1.99 $22.57 $46,950
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 1.47 3.96 $21.80 $45,350
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 2.30 $25.10 $52,210
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.54 1.45 $19.77 $41,110

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 1.49 4.01 $18.91 $39,330
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 1.47 3.96 $21.80 $45,350
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.25 3.37 $20.91 $43,500
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 140 1.25 3.36 $28.88 $60,080
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 2.93 $10.75 $22,370

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.36 $69,390
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.11 $68,870
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.52 1.40 $31.33 $65,160
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.44 $61,240
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 140 1.25 3.36 $28.88 $60,080


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.

(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