Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.


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)
34,070 3.4 % $20.14 $41,890 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.03 $13.77 $18.72 $25.24 $31.72
Annual Wage (2) $22,950 $28,630 $38,940 $52,500 $65,970


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) 15,190 0.28 $18.94 $39,390
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,230 1.61 $25.03 $52,060
Other Support Services 4,500 1.47 $17.72 $36,860
Natural Gas Distribution 3,620 3.20 $23.06 $47,960
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,310 4.68 $17.15 $35,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 2,310 4.68 $17.15 $35,680
Natural Gas Distribution 3,620 3.20 $23.06 $47,960
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,230 1.61 $25.03 $52,060
Other Support Services 4,500 1.47 $17.72 $36,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 15,190 0.28 $18.94 $39,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 6,230 1.61 $25.03 $52,060
Utility System Construction 280 0.06 $23.54 $48,950
Natural Gas Distribution 3,620 3.20 $23.06 $47,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 380 0.02 $20.88 $43,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 15,190 0.28 $18.94 $39,390


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 3,650 0.23 0.94 $26.01 $54,090
Texas 2,620 0.22 0.92 $16.18 $33,650
Georgia 1,780 0.42 1.74 $16.42 $34,160
New York 1,590 0.17 0.72 $26.36 $54,830
Florida 1,420 0.17 0.71 $16.13 $33,550




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)
Arkansas 770 0.65 2.67 $14.20 $29,540
West Virginia 420 0.60 2.48 $17.51 $36,420
Oklahoma 820 0.52 2.13 $15.48 $32,190
Louisiana 980 0.51 2.11 $13.93 $28,970
New Mexico 350 0.44 1.81 $18.02 $37,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.12 0.49 $29.47 $61,300
Massachusetts 610 0.18 0.73 $28.69 $59,670
Connecticut 180 0.11 0.43 $27.64 $57,490
New Hampshire 150 0.23 0.95 $26.76 $55,660
Nevada 130 0.11 0.44 $26.67 $55,480





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 1,350 0.20 0.84 $26.05 $54,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.22 0.90 $26.69 $55,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 860 0.34 1.40 $16.91 $35,170
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 550 0.15 0.63 $24.89 $51,780
Oklahoma City, OK 400 0.66 2.73 $16.52 $34,360
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 400 0.44 1.80 $19.13 $39,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 390 0.16 0.67 $16.50 $34,320
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.32 1.33 $25.11 $52,230
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 320 0.25 1.05 $16.18 $33,650
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 320 0.28 1.14 $24.93 $51,850




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)
Valdosta, GA 80 1.61 6.63 $12.15 $25,260
Beckley, WV 50 1.18 4.88 $16.50 $34,310
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 40 1.08 4.45 $13.40 $27,870
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.95 3.91 $20.82 $43,300
Cumberland, MD-WV 30 0.87 3.60 $17.13 $35,620
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 100 0.85 3.52 $23.20 $48,250
Abilene, TX 50 0.84 3.47 $13.26 $27,570
Monroe, LA 60 0.77 3.16 $11.67 $24,280
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 120 0.77 3.16 $13.84 $28,780
Jackson, MS 190 0.74 3.06 $13.69 $28,470