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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Baltimore-Towson – May 2016

Workers in the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $26.41 in May 2016, 11 percent above the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 11 of the 22 major occupational groups, including education, training, and library; transportation and material moving; and computer and mathematical. One occupational group—legal—had an average wage that was measurably lower than its respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was significantly higher in 10 of the 22 occupational groups, including computer and mathematical; business and financial operations; and healthcare practitioners and technical. Conversely, seven groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation; these groups included production; food preparation and serving related; and transportation and material moving. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2016
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Baltimore United States Baltimore Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0   $23.86 $26.41 * 11

Management

5.1 5.5 * 56.74 59.83 * 5

Business and financial operations

5.2 6.2 * 36.09 36.79   2

Computer and mathematical

3.0 4.6 * 42.25 45.98 * 9

Architecture and engineering

1.8 2.0 * 40.53 42.70 * 5

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 1.2 * 35.06 37.18   6

Community and social service

1.4 1.7 * 22.69 23.27   3

Legal

0.8 1.1 * 50.95 39.51 * -22

Education, training, and library

6.2 6.1   26.21 31.62 * 21

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.1 * 28.07 27.07   -4

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 6.9 * 38.06 38.83   2

Healthcare support

2.9 2.9   14.65 15.80 * 8

Protective service

2.4 3.0 * 22.03 22.02   0

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 7.9 * 11.47 11.67   2

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.0   13.47 13.74   2

Personal care and service

3.2 2.9 * 12.74 13.64 * 7

Sales and related

10.4 10.2   19.50 19.98   2

Office and administrative support

15.7 15.9   17.91 19.05 * 6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 13.37 17.74 * 33

Construction and extraction

4.0 4.2 * 23.51 23.32   -1

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.5 * 22.45 23.79 * 6

Production

6.5 3.1 * 17.88 18.59 * 4

Transportation and material moving

6.9 6.6 * 17.34 19.00 * 10

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—business and financial operations—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Baltimore had 83,420 jobs in business and financial operations, accounting for 6.2 percent of local area employment, significantly above the national share of 5.2 percent. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $36.79, similar to the national average of $36.09.

With employment of 14,510, accountants and auditors was the largest detailed occupation within the business and financial operations group in the Baltimore area. Among the higher paying jobs were personal financial advisors and management analysts, with mean hourly wages of $51.73 and $45.32, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were credit counselors ($20.26) and tax preparers ($22.35). (Detailed occupational data for the business and financial operations group are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_12580.htm.)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Baltimore metropolitan area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in several of the detailed occupations within the business and financial operations group. For instance, logisticians were employed at 1.6 times the national rate in Baltimore, and budget analysts, at 2.4 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, market research analysts and marketing specialists had a location quotient of 1.1 in Baltimore, meaning the local employment share in this particular occupation was similar to 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 Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Note on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

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. The May 2016 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, and November 2013. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 73 percent based on establishments and 69 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Baltimore-Towson, Md. Metropolitan Statistical Area included 6,216 establishments with a response rate of 75 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2016 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.

The Baltimore-Towson, Md. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s Counties and Baltimore City in Maryland.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at 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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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment (2) Mean wage
Level Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Business and financial operations occupations

83,420 1.2 $36.79 $76,520

Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

120 0.9 25.02 52,040

Buyers and purchasing agents, farm products

110 1.0 22.99 47,810

Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products

710 0.7 25.28 52,590

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

3,120 1.1 35.60 74,050

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

4,370 1.7 34.36 71,470

Insurance appraisers, auto damage

280 1.9 31.66 65,860

Compliance officers

3,550 1.4 34.00 70,720

Cost estimators

2,460 1.2 33.05 68,740

Human resources specialists

5,660 1.1 34.50 71,770

Labor relations specialists

910 1.2 29.44 61,240

Logisticians

2,220 1.6 41.78 86,890

Management analysts

8,490 1.4 45.32 94,260

Meeting, convention, and event planners

1,470 1.6 24.70 51,370

Fundraisers

960 1.5 29.99 62,380

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

1,060 1.4 32.73 68,080

Training and development specialists

3,960 1.5 30.11 62,630

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

5,620 1.1 29.65 61,660

Business operations specialists, all other

7,710 0.8 40.22 83,660

Accountants and auditors

14,510 1.2 38.26 79,580

Appraisers and assessors of real estate

810 1.4 25.27 52,570

Budget analysts

1,260 2.4 37.90 78,840

Credit analysts

(5) (5) 30.69 63,820

Financial analysts

3,160 1.2 44.69 92,950

Personal financial advisors

2,880 1.5 51.73 107,600

Insurance underwriters

900 1.0 38.49 80,060

Financial examiners

380 0.8 34.50 71,770

Credit counselors

390 1.2 20.26 42,140

Loan officers

2,350 0.8 36.02 74,910

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

380 0.7 28.75 59,800

Tax preparers

230 0.4 22.35 46,490

Financial specialists, all other

2,350 2.0 32.33 67,250

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_12580.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimates not released.

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017