Occupational Employment Statistics

What is the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program?

OES provides employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations in over 400 industries. By surveying 1.2 million business establishments nationwide, OES produces estimates for 600 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and selected U.S. territories.

Who uses OES data?

  • State and local workforce investment boards, as well as training professionals, use the information to determine the need for local employment, training, and educational services.
  • Economic development specialists use the information to estimate available labor supply.
  • Researchers use the data to understand the structure of labor markets and to understand labor costs for new markets.
  • Students and counselors use the information for career planning.
  • Employers and compensation specialists use the data to determine equitable and competitive pay, to develop recruiting packages, and to make site selection decisions.
  • BLS and state workforce agencies use OES data to project employment and determine jobs in demand.

How can OES data help YOU?

  • You can compare employment and wages across geographic areas.
  • You can compare employment and wages for particular occupations across industries.
  • You can compare employment and wages for different occupations.

Where can you find this information?

  • You can find our data online at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm. There you will find the latest data for the nation, states, metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and specific industries at the national level.

Whom should you contact if you have additional questions?

Contact the OES Information Staff by email at oesinfo@bls.gov or by telephone at (202) 691-6569.

What data does OES have?

Occupational employment and wage data for...

    All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and selected U.S. territories

    Average annual wages of registered nurses by state, May 2017

    Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas

    Employment and wages in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, May 2017
    Occupation Employment Average hourly wage

    Retail salespersons

    85,880 $12.00

    Accountants and auditors

    28,690 37.20

    Security guards

    20,810 13.97

    Computer systems analysts

    13,930 43.46

    Medical assistants

    11,990 16.30

    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.

    National data for specific industries

    Industries with the highest employment for computer user support specialists, May 2017


    Last Modified Date: April 3, 2018