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)
38,790 2.5 % $24.79 $51,550 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.04 $13.91 $18.93 $30.05 $43.53
Annual Wage (2) $22,970 $28,930 $39,370 $62,500 $90,540


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)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 21,270 6.00 $21.14 $43,960
Radio and Television Broadcasting 11,480 5.30 $28.91 $60,140
Other Information Services 4,090 1.48 $30.49 $63,410
Motion Picture and Video Industries 340 0.08 (8) (8)
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 320 0.59 $28.84 $59,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 21,270 6.00 $21.14 $43,960
Radio and Television Broadcasting 11,480 5.30 $28.91 $60,140
Other Information Services 4,090 1.48 $30.49 $63,410
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 320 0.59 $28.84 $59,990
Motion Picture and Video Industries 340 0.08 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 4,090 1.48 $30.49 $63,410
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $29.82 $62,020
Radio and Television Broadcasting 11,480 5.30 $28.91 $60,140
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 320 0.59 $28.84 $59,990
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 40 0.01 $26.38 $54,870


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 4,240 0.46 1.69 $36.82 $76,590
California 3,570 0.21 0.79 $26.48 $55,070
Florida 2,060 0.24 0.90 $22.49 $46,770
Texas 2,010 0.17 0.62 $19.80 $41,190
District of Columbia 1,960 2.76 10.15 $42.48 $88,350




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)
District of Columbia 1,960 2.76 10.15 $42.48 $88,350
Wyoming 180 0.68 2.52 $14.44 $30,030
South Dakota 240 0.57 2.10 $14.32 $29,790
North Dakota 220 0.54 1.97 (8) (8)
Montana 240 0.53 1.94 $15.62 $32,490




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 1,960 2.76 10.15 $42.48 $88,350
New York 4,240 0.46 1.69 $36.82 $76,590
Alaska 90 0.29 1.08 $31.46 $65,440
California 3,570 0.21 0.79 $26.48 $55,070
New Jersey 790 0.20 0.72 $26.44 $55,000



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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 3,890 0.58 2.14 $37.67 $78,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,410 0.96 3.52 $38.93 $80,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.38 1.40 $28.46 $59,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 890 0.24 0.89 $24.27 $50,490
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 680 0.37 1.35 $28.36 $58,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 520 0.20 0.73 $33.04 $68,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 510 0.27 0.98 $28.01 $58,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.23 0.85 $32.19 $66,950
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 430 0.36 1.32 $24.02 $49,950
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.39 1.43 $28.50 $59,280


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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)
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.26 4.63 $15.35 $31,930
Bismarck, ND 70 0.97 3.56 $17.80 $37,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,410 0.96 3.52 $38.93 $80,980
Casper, WY 40 0.95 3.51 $14.69 $30,550
Albany, GA 50 0.83 3.06 $12.87 $26,770
Cheyenne, WY 30 0.71 2.60 $15.52 $32,280
Abilene, TX 40 0.68 2.51 $17.52 $36,440
Bloomington, IN 40 0.66 2.41 (8) (8)
Lincoln, NE 110 0.64 2.35 $13.26 $27,580
Charlottesville, VA 70 0.63 2.32 $19.52 $40,600


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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,410 0.96 3.52 $38.93 $80,980
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,890 0.58 2.14 $37.67 $78,360
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 300 0.41 1.51 $33.36 $69,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 520 0.20 0.73 $33.04 $68,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.23 0.85 $32.19 $66,950
Rochester, NY 60 0.11 0.41 $31.83 $66,210
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 350 0.54 2.00 $30.12 $62,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 400 0.24 0.90 $30.06 $62,520
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 290 0.25 0.92 $29.16 $60,650
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 390 0.27 1.00 $28.74 $59,780

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 Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.61 2.24 $13.83 $28,760
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.51 1.87 (8) (8)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 140 0.43 1.56 $11.58 $24,080
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.52 1.92 $12.26 $25,510
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.47 1.72 $15.02 $31,240

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)
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.19 4.39 (8) (8)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 1.02 3.77 $10.24 $21,310
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 0.93 3.44 $12.42 $25,830
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.85 3.13 $14.43 $30,010
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 3.02 $15.34 $31,910

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 Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 1.83 $18.99 $39,500
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 1.65 $18.77 $39,050
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.94 $18.76 $39,020
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 1.70 $18.42 $38,310
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 1.89 $18.26 $37,970


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