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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Table 5. Occupations with the highest percentage wage premiums in nonmetropolitan areas, May 2009
Occupation Mean hourly wage, nonmetropolitan areas Mean hourly wage, metropolitan areas Wage difference between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas Percentage wage difference between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas

Telephone operators

$18.14 $15.40 $2.74 17.8

Mine cutting and channeling machine operators

22.08 19.15 2.93 15.3

Bridge and lock tenders

22.14 19.38 2.76 14.2

Physicians and surgeons, all other

93.42 82.80 10.62 12.8

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other

41.72 37.07 4.65 12.5

Transportation attendants, except flight attendants and baggage porters

12.17 10.93 1.24 11.3

Nuclear technicians

34.98 31.65 3.33 10.5

Tire builders

19.55 17.69 1.86 10.5

Loading machine operators, underground mining

21.62 19.73 1.89 9.6

Pediatricians, general

84.19 77.02 7.17 9.3

Electromechanical technicians

26.00 23.80 2.20 9.2

Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers

17.41 15.99 1.42 8.9

Psychiatrists

83.71 78.20 5.51 7.0

Orthodontists

105.10 98.36 6.74 6.9

Avionics technicians

25.59 24.08 1.51 6.3

Segmental pavers

14.55 13.73 0.82 6.0

Dentists, general

79.05 75.01 4.04 5.4

Motorboat operators

19.27 18.31 0.96 5.2

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators

12.29 11.68 0.61 5.2

Food batchmakers

13.34 12.73 0.61 4.8

Note: excludes some occupations that are concentrated in the agricultural sector, which is not covered by the OES survey (except logging and support activities for crop and animal production).

 

Last Modified Date: December 14, 2010