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Monday, June 27, 2016

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island — May 2015

Workers in the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.01 in May 2015, about 10 percent below the nationwide average of $23.23, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 14 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management; arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media; and computer and mathematical. Two groups had significantly higher wages than their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including production; transportation and material moving; and installation, maintenance, and repair. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including office and administrative support; sales and related; and personal care and service. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2015
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesDavenportUnited StatesDavenportPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$23.23$21.01*-10

Management

5.05.7*55.3044.02*-20

Business and Financial Operations

5.14.6*35.4832.14*-9

Computer and Mathematical

2.92.5*41.4334.96*-16

Architecture and Engineering

1.82.039.8937.20*-7

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.80.5*34.2430.91*-10

Community and Social Services

1.41.3*22.1921.98-1

Legal

0.80.5*49.7443.99-12

Education, Training, and Library

6.25.925.4825.872

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.31.2*27.3918.82*-31

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

5.85.237.4034.26*-8

Healthcare Support

2.93.014.1913.38*-6

Protective Service

2.42.221.4520.45-5

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.19.010.989.91*-10

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.23.013.0212.73-2

Personal Care and Service

3.12.3*12.3311.40*-8

Sales and Related

10.59.6*18.9016.73*-11

Office and Administrative Support

15.814.6*17.4715.62*-11

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.30.2*12.6714.90*18

Construction and Extraction

4.04.122.8823.72*4

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.94.6*22.1120.81*-6

Production

6.69.7*17.4117.08-2

Transportation and Material Moving

6.98.2*16.9015.79*-7

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Davenport 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—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island had 17,510 jobs in production, accounting for 9.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $17.08, compared to the national wage of $17.41.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the production group included team assemblers (1,430); meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers (1,130); and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (960). Among the higher paying jobs were stationary engineers and boiler operators; and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, with mean hourly wages of $42.55 and $28.66, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were laundry and dry-cleaning workers ($9.81) and pressers, textile, garment, and related materials ($10.76). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2015/may/oes_19340.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 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers were employed at 5.6 times the national rate in Davenport, and lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, at 3.2 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, team assemblers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Davenport, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

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 Iowa Department of Workforce Development and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

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.) The sample in the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,631 establishments with a response rate of 73 percent. 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.

The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Scott County of Iowa and Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties of Illinois.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest. 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/2015/may/methods_statement.pdf.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request . Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2015
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Production Occupations

17,5101.5$17.08$35,520

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

9601.228.6659,620

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

1200.413.2827,620

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

600.518.9139,340

Team Assemblers

1,4301.014.9731,140

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

4101.413.7728,630

Bakers

1700.712.4125,810

Butchers and Meat Cutters

3001.713.7328,570

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

1,1305.6(5)(5)

Food Batchmakers

(5)(5)14.0829,290

Food Processing Workers, All Other

1001.713.1027,250

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

5102.617.8737,160

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

401.123.0047,840

Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

301.218.5738,630

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1800.716.0433,370

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)16.0533,380

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1601.717.5036,400

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1703.215.4332,100

Machinists

8501.623.3548,560

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

(5)(5)16.0033,270

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

3502.018.0537,540

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

3802.716.8435,020

Tool and Die Makers

1601.626.6455,410

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

7701.519.0839,680

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

502.018.0237,480

Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

801.716.2433,770

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

(5)(5)21.0243,720

Prepress Technicians and Workers

400.916.4334,180

Printing Press Operators

1400.718.8839,270

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

1001.413.2627,570

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

2200.89.8120,410

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

300.510.7622,370

Sewing Machine Operators

600.312.2225,410

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

400.320.9843,640

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

801.742.5588,510

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

2201.520.6943,040

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

600.914.7830,730

Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

701.715.2731,760

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1300.815.1131,440

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

(5)(5)16.3934,080

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

6501.017.9937,410

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

300.916.2033,690

Dental Laboratory Technicians

1002.115.6732,600

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

802.113.8528,800

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

7401.514.4430,040

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

800.715.2331,670

Painters, Transportation Equipment

1301.921.5144,740

Etchers and Engravers

(5)(5)12.4725,940

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

500.917.9837,400

Helpers--Production Workers

9301.612.7226,460

Production Workers, All Other

(5)(5)12.1425,260

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19340.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: Monday, June 27, 2016