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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for approximately 830 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.


  • The May 2022 Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) estimates were released on April 25, 2023 Read More »
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is conducting a survey of individuals and groups who use data developed as part of the federal-state Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) cooperative program. Read More »
  • The May 2021 estimates were the first OEWS estimates based solely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. Read More »


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News Releases

Computer and mathematical occupations have a mean wage of $108,130 in May 2022


Computer and mathematical occupations had employment of 5.0 million and an annual mean wage of $108,130 in May 2022. Software developers was the largest computer and mathematical occupation, with 1.5 million jobs and an annual mean wage of $132,930.

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Beyond the Numbers

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Do you want to work where the people are? These jobs are most common in areas with high (or low) population growth

This is an overview of the employment composition and wages of the seven metropolitan areas with the highest population growth rates and the seven metropolitan areas with the lowest population growth rates or that have lost population using Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more »

The Economics Daily

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A look at employment and wages of mental health workers for Mental Illness Awareness Week

With May 2021 employment of nearly 400,000, social and human service assistants was the largest occupation providing mental health services. Although these workers assist providers in delivering a wide variety of social and human services, those services may include family therapy, behavioral disorder counseling, and other services related to mental health. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Were wages converging during the 2010s expansion?

Wage inequality grew from 2003 to 2013 but either declined or plateaued from 2013 to 2019, depending on the data source, because wage growth was particularly strong among lower-wage workers. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Occupational Employment and Wages in State and Local Government

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, job losses in large private sector industries such as food services and drinking places received a lot of attention. State and local government also had high job losses. From March 2020 to March 2021, employment fell by 5.1 percent in state government and 6.5 percent in local government, compared with a 4.3-percent decrease in the private sector. read more »