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Thursday, July 25, 2024

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Carbondale-Marion — May 2023

Workers in the Carbondale-Marion, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $26.21 in May 2023, compared to the nationwide average of $31.48, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that higher paying major occupational groups included management ($49.37), healthcare practitioners and technical ($46.62), and architecture and engineering ($39.70). Lower paying occupations included food preparation and serving related ($15.13), personal care and service ($16.01), and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance ($16.99). (See table A.)

Occupational groups with the highest employment in the Carbondale area included office and administrative support (14.2 percent), food preparation and serving related (10.1 percent), and healthcare practitioners and technical (9.6 percent). Major occupational groups on the lower end of local employment included legal (0.5 percent); architecture and engineering (0.9 percent); and life, physical, and social science (1 percent). (See table A.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 31.48 26.21


6.9 6.1 66.23 49.37

Business and financial operations

6.6 4.2 43.55 32.39

Computer and mathematical

3.4 1.5 54.39 35.23

Architecture and engineering

1.7 0.9 47.64 39.70

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 1.0 42.24 26.19

Community and social service

1.6 1.8 28.36 26.94


0.8 0.5 64.34 35.72

Educational instruction and library

5.8 7.8 31.92 28.96

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.1 36.31 21.77

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 9.6 49.07 46.62

Healthcare support

4.7 5.5 18.37 17.27

Protective service

2.3 2.2 27.74 25.40

Food preparation and serving related

8.7 10.1 16.58 15.13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.9 18.43 16.99

Personal care and service

2.0 2.2 18.48 16.01

Sales and related

8.8 7.3 25.62 19.38

Office and administrative support

12.2 14.2 23.05 19.49

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 19.22 19.40

Construction and extraction

4.1 4.0 29.57 33.69

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.1 28.13 25.60


5.8 5.5 22.90 20.17

Transportation and material moving

9.1 7.4 22.45 19.78

One occupational group—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Carbondale had 7,530 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 14.2 percent of local area employment, compared to the 12.2-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $19.49, compared to the national wage of $23.05.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (1,450), office clerks, general (1,310), and customer service representatives (910). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were postal service clerks and postal service mail carriers, with mean hourly wages of $28.62 and $28.38, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were library assistants, clerical ($13.31) and hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($14.02). (Detailed data for the office and administrative support 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 Carbondale area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, were employed at 2.3 times the national rate in Carbondale, and office clerks, general, at 1.5 times the U.S. average. Medical secretaries and administrative assistants had a location quotient of 1.0 in Carbondale, 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 Illinois Department of Employment Security.

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 Carbondale-Marion, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area included 769 establishments with a response rate of 64 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 Carbondale-Marion, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Jackson County and Williamson 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, Carbondale metropolitan area, May 2023
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

7,530 1.2 19.49 40,540

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

350 0.7 27.80 57,810

Billing and posting clerks

170 1.2 19.41 40,380

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

410 0.8 20.73 43,110

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

40 0.8 24.71 51,390


360 3.0 15.86 32,980

Court, municipal, and license clerks

60 1.0 21.31 44,320

Customer service representatives

910 0.9 18.35 38,170

File clerks

40 1.4 17.89 37,200

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

120 1.3 14.02 29,150

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

50 0.9 18.70 38,890

Library assistants, clerical

70 2.5 13.31 27,690

Loan interviewers and clerks

100 1.4 20.20 42,010

New accounts clerks

50 3.6 17.97 37,370

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

50 1.3 20.97 43,620

Receptionists and information clerks

500 1.4 16.13 33,560

Information and record clerks, all other

60 1.1 23.35 48,560

Public safety telecommunicators

80 2.4 24.25 50,450

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

60 0.8 22.75 47,320

Postal service clerks

40 1.6 28.62 59,520

Postal service mail carriers

150 1.3 28.38 59,020

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

80 0.6 22.89 47,600

Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

130 0.5 20.26 42,150

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

140 0.8 26.26 54,620

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

40 0.7 21.39 44,490

Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

260 1.0 18.24 37,950

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

1,450 2.3 16.77 34,880

Data entry keyers

30 0.6 17.90 37,240

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

150 1.8 19.44 40,430

Office clerks, general

1,310 1.5 20.77 43,210

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Carbondale-Marion, IL 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.


Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024