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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Erie — May 2023

Workers in the Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $24.93 in May 2023, compared to the nationwide average of $31.48, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that higher paying major occupational groups included management ($50.93), legal ($46.72), and healthcare practitioners and technical ($43.20). Lower paying occupational groups included food preparation and serving related ($13.82), healthcare support ($15.49), and personal care and service ($15.98). (See table A.)

Office and administrative support occupations accounted for 11.5 percent of Erie area employment, followed by production occupations (10.2 percent), and food preparation and serving related (9.8 percent). Major occupational groups on the lower end of local employment included life, physical, and social science (0.3 percent); and legal (0.4 percent).

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Erie metropolitan area, May 2023
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage ($)
United States Erie United States Erie

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 31.48 24.93


6.9 (1) 66.23 50.93

Business and financial operations

6.6 4.3 43.55 33.85

Computer and mathematical

3.4 1.6 54.39 40.31

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.9 47.64 40.75

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.3 42.24 32.19

Community and social service

1.6 2.1 28.36 24.13


0.8 0.4 64.34 46.72

Educational instruction and library

5.8 5.8 31.92 29.52

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 0.9 36.31 26.89

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 7.4 49.07 43.20

Healthcare support

4.7 8.0 18.37 15.49

Protective service

2.3 2.3 27.74 27.23

Food preparation and serving related

8.7 9.8 16.58 13.82

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.8 18.43 16.46

Personal care and service

2.0 2.5 18.48 15.98

Sales and related

8.8 8.3 25.62 19.64

Office and administrative support

12.2 11.5 23.05 20.10

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 19.22 18.79

Construction and extraction

4.1 2.9 29.57 27.22

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.7 28.13 24.26


5.8 10.2 22.90 21.26

Transportation and material moving

9.1 7.8 22.45 19.03

(1) Estimate not released.

One occupational group—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Erie had 13,700 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 11.5 percent of local area employment, compared to the 12.2-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $20.10, compared to the national wage of $23.05.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included general office clerks (2,240); customer service representatives (1,940); and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (1,490). Among the higher paying jobs in this group were postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators; and first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, with mean hourly wages of $32.00 and $28.11, respectively. (See chart 1.) At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($13.46); and clerical library assistants ($14.41). (Detailed data for the office and administrative support group occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to

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 Erie area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative group. For instance, government programs eligibility interviewers were employed at 2.9 times the national rate in Erie, and clerical library assistants, at 1.9 times the U.S. average. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Erie, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

The statistics in this release are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support. State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data: in this case, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OEWS data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 580 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-digit, most 4-digit, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels; and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. Full OEWS data tables are available online.

Additional information about the OEWS estimates and methodology are available in the national Technical Notes. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 65.8 percent based on establishments and 64.3 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The sample in the Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,510 establishments with a response rate of 65 percent.

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 Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Erie County.

For more information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the OEWS data, as well as general program documentation, are available on the OEWS website.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employment and wage data for office and administrative support occupations, Erie metropolitan area, May 2023
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

13,700 1.0 20.10 41,800

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

1,180 1.0 28.11 58,460

Bill and account collectors

50 0.3 21.07 43,820

Billing and posting clerks

280 0.8 20.02 41,640

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

990 0.8 20.99 43,670

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

110 0.9 22.88 47,590

Procurement clerks

50 1.0 17.73 36,870


380 1.4 16.33 33,960

Court, municipal, and license clerks

40 0.4 23.37 48,610

Customer service representatives

1,940 0.9 19.46 40,470

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

350 2.9 25.06 52,120

File clerks

60 0.9 17.00 35,350

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

230 1.1 13.46 28,000

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

90 0.7 18.33 38,130

Library assistants, clerical

130 1.9 14.41 29,970

Loan interviewers and clerks

60 0.4 18.26 37,990

Order clerks

50 0.7 17.62 36,660

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

40 0.5 22.45 46,690

Receptionists and information clerks

760 1.0 14.42 29,990

Information and record clerks, all other

100 0.9 19.19 39,920

Couriers and messengers

60 1.1 15.67 32,590

Public safety telecommunicators

110 1.5 23.76 49,430

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

100 0.6 21.20 44,090

Postal service clerks

50 0.9 28.08 58,400

Postal service mail carriers

340 1.3 27.37 56,930

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

30 0.4 32.00 66,550

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

180 0.6 25.33 52,690

Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

670 1.0 18.19 37,840

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

200 0.5 26.74 55,610

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

110 0.9 20.09 41,790

Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

580 1.0 17.79 37,010

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

1,490 1.1 18.64 38,760

Data entry keyers

60 0.5 18.01 37,460

Word processors and typists

40 1.4 19.86 41,300

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

130 0.7 18.28 38,020

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

70 1.3 16.94 35,230

Office clerks, general

2,240 1.2 19.34 40,230

Office and administrative support workers, all other

120 0.9 (5) (5)

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations may not sum to the totals due to rounding, and because the totals may include occupations that are 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) Estimate not released.


Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024