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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Occupational Employment and Wages for Teachers in Pennsylvania’s Metropolitan Areas – May 2015

Among the 19 local areas in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md., and Lebanon, Pa., had wages significantly above the national average for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that only Erie, Pa., had wages that were significantly below those for the nation in all three occupations. Nationwide, the average (mean) wage for secondary school teachers was $60,440; for middle school teachers, $58,760; and for elementary school teachers, $57,730. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please see the Technical Note.)

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States and metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania, May 2015
AreaSecondary SchoolMiddle SchoolElementary School

United States

$60,440$58,760$57,730

Pennsylvania

64,380*58,95061,730*

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton

63,70059,40061,210*

Altoona

56,04060,03055,180

Bloomsburg-Berwick

59,75042,930*61,050

Chambersburg-Waynesboro

--64,000*60,940*

East Stroudsburg

------

Erie

56,34052,800*50,270*

Gettysburg

59,330----

Harrisburg-Carlisle

56,67058,16058,630

Johnstown

58,50057,94049,720*

Lancaster

61,54054,61061,000*

Lebanon

65,350*67,820*63,210*

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

68,950*62,330*66,270*

Pittsburgh

63,660*61,900*59,320

Reading

66,330*64,230*59,820

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton

62,44059,82060,440

State College

57,91066,87058,500

Williamsport

62,65061,55057,810

York-Hanover

63,11061,68063,260

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman

61,32056,330*54,860

* The mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

-- Estimate not released.

The Philadelphia area had 63,310 secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers, the largest number among the metropolitan areas in the commonwealth. Pittsburgh had a combined employment of 21,460 for the three selected teaching occupations. Allentown had a combined employment of 8,160 while employment levels for the selected occupations were less than 8,000 in each of the remaining areas for which data were available. (See table B.)

Table B. Employment for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States and metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania, May 2015
AreaSecondary SchoolMiddle SchoolElementary School

United States

962,820632,7601,381,430

Pennsylvania

47,27027,05053,110

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton

3,1301,4903,540

Altoona

740280340

Bloomsburg-Berwick

--630--

Chambersburg-Waynesboro

----1,180

East Stroudsburg

----1,170

Erie

----1,050

Gettysburg

310----

Harrisburg-Carlisle

1,5501,0602,860

Johnstown

490--820

Lancaster

1,6907901,670

Lebanon

580--480

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

22,11014,79026,410

Pittsburgh

6,9705,1109,380

Reading

1,5801,0602,100

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton

3,1501,2903,120

State College

330--480

Williamsport

380300540

York-Hanover

1,5005702,120

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman

2,6601,5401,490

-- Estimate not released.

Wages for secondary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania

Four metropolitan areas in the commonwealth had wages for secondary school teachers that were significantly higher than the national average. The Philadelphia area was among the higher paying localities in Pennsylvania for secondary school teachers at $68,950 per year, $8,510 above the national average of $60,440. Reading, Lebanon, and Pittsburgh were also among the higher paying areas in Pennsylvania for secondary school teachers at $66,330, $65,350 and $63,660 per year, respectively. Erie was the only metropolitan area with wages for secondary school teachers that were significantly below-average.

Wages for middle school teachers in metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania

The Lebanon metropolitan ($67,820) had wages for middle school teachers that were significantly higher than the national average. Five other areas had higher than average wages for middle school teachers: State College, Reading, Chambersburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Bloomsburg, Erie and Youngstown had wages for middle school teachers that were statistically below the national average.

Wages for elementary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia metropolitan area ($66,270) had wages for elementary school teachers that were significantly higher than the national average. In addition to Philadelphia, five other areas had above average wages for elementary school teachers, including York ($63,260) and Lebanon ($63,210). Johnstown and Erie, at $49,720 and $50,270, respectively, were the only metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania that had wages that were significantly below the national average.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; the Delaware Department of Labor; and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and about 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas.

With the issuance of data for May 2015, the OES program has incorporated redefined metropolitan area definitions as designated by the Office of Management and Budget. OES data are available for 394 metropolitan areas, 38 metropolitan divisions, and 167 OES-defined nonmetropolitan areas. A listing of the areas and their definitions can be found at www.bls.gov/oes/current/msa_def.htm.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations for all industries combined in the nation; the 50 states and the District of Columbia; 432 metropolitan areas and divisions; 167 nonmetropolitan areas; and Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. National estimates are also available by industry for NAICS sectors, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industries, and by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year. May 2015 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, and November 2012. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 73.5 percent based on establishments and 69.6 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.9 percent of total national employment. (Response rates are slightly lower for these estimates due to the federal shutdown in October 2013.) For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2015 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.-N.J. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania and Warren County in New Jersey.

Altoona, Pa. MSA includes Blair County in Pennsylvania.

Bloomsburg-Berwick, Pa. MSA includes Columbia and Montour Counties in Pennsylvania.

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, Pa. MSA includes Franklin County in Pennsylvania.

East Stroudsburg, Pa. MSA includes Monroe County in Pennsylvania.

Erie, Pa. MSA includes Erie County in Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg, Pa. MSA includes Adams County in Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa. MSA includes Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties in Pennsylvania.

Johnstown, Pa. MSA includes Cambria County in Pennsylvania.

Lancaster, Pa. MSA includes Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.

Lebanon, Pa. MSA includes Lebanon County in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. MSA includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; New Castle County in Delaware; and Cecil County in Maryland.

Pittsburgh, Pa. MSA includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania.

Reading, Pa. MSA includes Berks County in Pennsylvania.

Scranton—Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton, Pa. MSA includes Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties in Pennsylvania.

State College, Pa. MSA includes Centre County in Pennsylvania.

Williamsport, Pa. MSA includes Lycoming County in Pennsylvania.

York-Hanover, Pa. MSA includes York County in Pennsylvania.

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa. MSA includes Mercer County in Pennsylvania and Mahoning and Trumbull Counties in Ohio.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at https://www.bls.gov/regions/mid-atlantic. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/methods_statement.pdf.

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Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016