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Handbook of Methods Modeled Wage Estimates Overview

Modeled Wage Estimates: Overview

The Modeled Wage Estimates (MWE) provide annual estimates of average hourly wages for occupations by job characteristics and within geographical locations. The MWE are produced using a statistical procedure that combines survey data collected by the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) programs. Borrowing from the strengths of the NCS, information on job characteristics and work levels, and from the OEWS, the occupational and geographic detail, the modeled wage estimates provide more detail on occupational average hourly wages than either program is able to provide separately. Where there is insufficient data from the NCS and OEWS to produce direct estimates, information from larger geographic locations is used to produce the MWE.

Quick Facts: Modeled Wage Estimates
Subject areas Job requirements, Employment, Pay
Key measures
  • Average hourly wages by job characteristics:
  • • Bargaining status (union and nonunion)
  • • Work status (part-time and full-time)
  • • Basis of pay (time and incentive)
  • • Work levels
How the data are obtained Multiple data sources
Classification Occupation, Geography
Classification system

National, state, metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas

Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail National, Metro area, Nonmetropolitan areas
Scope State and local government, Private sector
Key products
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Last Modified Date: October 05, 2022