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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 data will be released on March 31, 2023. Read More »

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." Technical information is available in the May 2021 Survey Methods and Reliability Statement. Estimates for the years 2015-2020 were recalculated using the new estimation methodology and are available as research estimates.
  • 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