Occupational Employment Statistics

What is the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program?

OES provides employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations in over 430 industries. By surveying 1.2 million business establishments nationwide, OES produces estimates for nearly 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 education 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 Employment Security 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.

So 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, May 2016

    Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas

    Employment and wages in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA area, May 2016
    Occupation Employment Average hourly wage

    Retail salespersons

    320,510 $13.40

    Construction laborers

    60,790 24.73

    Financial analysts

    51,530 62.64

    Graphic designers

    22,100 30.98

    Civil engineers

    15,470 46.82

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

    National data for specific industries

    Industries with the highest employment for computer systems analysts, May 2016


    Last Modified Date: June 15, 2017