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Friday, July 12, 2024

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson — May 2023

Workers in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $29.11 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 ($59.61), legal ($53.99), and healthcare practitioners and technical ($49.68). Lower paying occupations included food preparation and serving related ($14.85), personal care and service ($16.76), and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance ($17.80). (See table A.)

Occupational groups with the highest employment in the Indianapolis area included transportation and material moving (13.4 percent), office and administrative support (12.1 percent), and sales and related (8.7 percent). Major occupational groups on the lower end of local employment included legal (0.8 percent); life, physical, and social science (0.8 percent); and architecture and engineering (1.3 percent). (See table A.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 31.48 29.11


6.9 5.9 66.23 59.61

Business and financial operations

6.6 6.1 43.55 40.02

Computer and mathematical

3.4 3.0 54.39 45.31

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.3 47.64 42.78

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.8 42.24 37.25

Community and social service

1.6 1.6 28.36 25.62


0.8 0.8 64.34 53.99

Educational instruction and library

5.8 4.4 31.92 29.71

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.3 36.31 26.70

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 7.2 49.07 49.68

Healthcare support

4.7 3.8 18.37 18.43

Protective service

2.3 2.2 27.74 25.93

Food preparation and serving related

8.7 8.5 16.58 14.85

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.7 18.43 17.80

Personal care and service

2.0 1.7 18.48 16.76

Sales and related

8.8 8.7 25.62 24.46

Office and administrative support

12.2 12.1 23.05 22.23

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 19.22 20.31

Construction and extraction

4.1 4.0 29.57 30.16

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0 28.13 27.93


5.8 6.2 22.90 22.69

Transportation and material moving

9.1 13.4 22.45 22.01

One occupational group—sales and related—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Indianapolis had 93,770 jobs in sales and related, accounting for 8.7 percent of local area employment, compared to the 8.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $24.46, compared to the national wage of $25.62.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the sales and related group included retail salespersons (27,680), cashiers (19,670), and sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products (10,490). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were real estate brokers and sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products, with mean hourly wages of $51.05 and $49.67, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were gambling change persons and booth cashiers ($12.75) and cashiers ($13.65). (Detailed data for the sales and related 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 Indianapolis area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the sales and related group. For instance, insurance sales agents were employed at 1.7 times the national rate in Indianapolis, and real estate sales agents, at 1.6 times the U.S. average. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel had a location quotient of 1.0 in Indianapolis, 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 Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

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 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area included 5,264 establishments with a response rate of 72 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 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Boone County, Brown County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Johnson County, Madison County, Marion County, Morgan County, Putnam County, and Shelby 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 sales and related occupations, Indianapolis metropolitan area, May 2023
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Sales and related occupations

93,770 1.0 24.46 50,870

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

6,160 0.8 25.21 52,430

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

860 0.5 42.99 89,410


19,670 0.8 13.65 28,390

Gambling change persons and booth cashiers

(5) (5) 12.75 26,510

Counter and rental clerks

3,540 1.3 16.74 34,830

Parts salespersons

1,880 1.0 19.94 41,480

Retail salespersons

27,680 1.1 16.58 34,490

Advertising sales agents

490 0.6 31.90 66,350

Insurance sales agents

5,590 1.7 37.28 77,540

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

2,940 0.9 44.51 92,590

Travel agents

370 0.9 24.03 49,970

Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

8,360 1.0 36.54 76,000

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

2,140 1.0 49.67 103,310

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

10,490 1.1 37.04 77,040

Demonstrators and product promoters

110 0.3 15.75 32,750

Real estate brokers

(5) (5) 51.05 106,190

Real estate sales agents

2,230 1.6 35.57 73,990

Sales engineers

140 0.3 45.92 95,510


490 0.9 19.77 41,110

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

70 1.6 16.39 34,090

Sales and related workers, all other

350 0.4 17.37 36,140

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 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: Friday, July 12, 2024