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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for nearly 800 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.

For Your Information
  • The May 2021 estimates were the first OEWS estimates based solely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. With the May 2021 estimates release, OEWS now publishes data for most 2018 SOC detailed occupations. To improve data quality, OEWS will continue to aggregate some occupations to the 2018 SOC broad occupation level or as OEWS-specific combinations of detailed occupations. May 2021 OEWS occupations with definitions [XLSX] are now available.
  • With the May 2021 estimates, the OEWS program now uses a new estimation methodology. The new model-based estimation methodology, called MB3, has advantages over the previous methodology, as described in the Monthly Labor Review article "Model-Based Estimates for the Occupational Employment Statistics program." Estimates for the years 2015-2020 were re-calculated using the new estimation methodology and are available as research estimates. Technical information is available in the Survey Methods and Reliability Statement for the MB3 Research Estimates of OEWS. More information will be posted on this page when available.
  • In the spring of 2021, the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program began using the name Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) to better reflect the range of data available from the program. Data released on or after March 31, 2021 reflect the new program name. Data collection materials, including forms, emails, and letters, were updated for employers starting with the May 2021 survey panel. Webpages, publications, and other materials associated with previous data releases will retain the Occupational Employment Statistics name.
  • The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program
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  • The May 2021 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on March 31, 2022 and are available at

OEWS News Release

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations have 8.8 million jobs in May 2021


Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations had employment of 8.8 million in May 2021, representing 6.2 percent of national employment. Registered nurses (3.0 million) was the largest healthcare practitioners and technical occupation.



May 2021 data

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OEWS Charts

May 2021 OES Charts

OEWS Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for May 2021. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing location quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the U.S. average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.


OEWS Videos

Learn about Wages In Occupations Where You Live and Work

A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States



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OEWS Mapping Tool

Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation's employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.

OEWS Publications

Occupational Employment and Wages in Metro and Nonmetro Areas

crossroads sign with arrows pointing to metro and nonmetro, cover image for this Spotlight on statistics

The United States is a country of great opportunities. When we think of opportunities, large metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago naturally come to mind. But did you know that some occupations are more concentrated in nonmetropolitan areas, and some of them are well-paid occupations?

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OEWS Databases


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Tables Text Files
Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS)
    Data Finder for OEWS One Screen Data Search for OEWS   Tables for OEWS Text Files for OEWS


  • The One-Screen Data Search is a JavaScript-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2021 OEWS data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OEWS tables page, which contains links to all OEWS tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS Download server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.


OEWS Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us


For help filling out the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Report and IDCF number requests, please contact your state office.

For help using the online data collection system, email

For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics program and OEWS estimates, contact an OEWS staff member:

  • Email: Fill out our contact form
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001


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