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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 2023 Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) estimates were released on April 3, 2024 Read More »
  • The May 2021 estimates were the first OEWS estimates based solely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. Read More »
  • With the May 2021 estimates, the OEWS program now uses a new estimation methodology. Read More »


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News Releases

Office and administrative support occupations have mean wage of $47,940 in May 2023


Office and administrative support occupations had employment of 18.5 million and an annual mean wage of $47,940 in May 2023. Customer service representatives (2.9 million) and general office clerks (2.5 million) were the largest office and administrative support occupations.

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The May 2023 Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics were released on April 3, 2024 and are available at
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The Economics Daily

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Recognizing hotel employees on National Hotel Employee Day

September 1 is National Hotel Employee Day, which recognizes the workers who keep the nation’s approximately 65,000 hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments running smoothly. As the summer travel season draws to a close, we examine some of the jobs found in the traveler accommodation industry. read more »

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 »

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 »