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15-1512-KAN
Monday, August 10, 2015

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Wichita – May 2014

Workers in the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.10 in May 2014, about 11 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 2 of the 22 major occupational groups, including production. Seventeen groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal; computer and mathematical; and management.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including production; installation, maintenance, and repair; and architecture and engineering. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including transportation and material moving; computer and mathematical; and management. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2014
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesWichitaUnited StatesWichitaPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$22.71$20.10*-11

Management

5.04.4*54.0846.01*-15

Business and Financial Operations

5.14.5*34.8130.19*-13

Computer and Mathematical

2.82.1*40.3731.67*-22

Architecture and Engineering

1.82.5*39.1937.70-4

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.80.4*33.6929.88*-11

Community and Social Services

1.41.321.7918.78*-14

Legal

0.80.5*48.6136.33*-25

Education, Training, and Library

6.26.225.1019.84*-21

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.31.226.8218.78*-30

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

5.85.636.5433.24*-9

Healthcare Support

2.93.013.8612.63*-9

Protective Service

2.42.0*21.1417.45*-17

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.18.5*10.579.42*-11

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.22.8*12.6811.82*-7

Personal Care and Service

3.13.412.0111.45-5

Sales and Related

10.510.218.5916.97*-9

Office and Administrative Support

16.016.217.0815.59*-9

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.30.1*12.0913.87*15

Construction and Extraction

3.94.5*22.4018.22*-19

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.94.8*21.7421.871

Production

6.610.1*17.0619.60*15

Transportation and Material Moving

6.85.5*16.5715.51*-6

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Wichita 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. Wichita had 29,390 jobs in production, accounting for 10.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $19.60, significantly above the national wage of $17.06.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the production group included team assemblers (5,110); inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (2,100); and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (2,010). Among the higher paying jobs were metal and plastic computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, with mean hourly wages of $30.03 and $29.45, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were laundry and dry-cleaning workers ($9.09) and pressers, textile, garment, and related materials ($9.73). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_48620.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 Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the production group. For instance, metal and plastic layout workers were employed at 33.7 times the national rate in Wichita, and structural metal fabricators and fitters, at 8.2 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, production worker helpers had a location quotient of 1.1 in Wichita, 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 Kansas Department of Labor.

Note

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. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. 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 2014 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, and November 2011. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 74.3 percent based on establishments and 70.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.1 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 Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,604 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 OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm, respectively.

The May 2014 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.

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 Wichita, Kans. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick, and Sumner Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/mountain-plains. 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/2014/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, Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2014
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Production Occupations

29,3901.5$19.60$40,770

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

2,0101.629.4561,250

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

(5)(5)24.3950,730

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

4801.117.1835,720

Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

500.518.7739,030

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

1,3808.222.1746,110

Team Assemblers

5,1102.118.6038,680

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

(5)(5)15.7232,690

Bakers

3000.813.1327,300

Butchers and Meat Cutters

1100.416.3934,090

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

700.212.3925,760

Slaughterers and Meat Packers

(5)(5)13.3527,780

Food Batchmakers

1600.613.9128,930

Food Processing Workers, All Other

800.9(5)(5)

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

7002.217.1735,700

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

3205.930.0362,450

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

3001.915.4832,190

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

901.916.5734,470

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

300.518.9839,480

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

5301.315.6532,540

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

300.918.0837,600

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

3402.312.8326,690

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

1001.119.8041,180

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1202.622.9647,750

Machinists

2,0002.421.1944,080

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

1600.613.8328,760

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

(5)(5)13.6428,380

Tool and Die Makers

6904.225.2852,590

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

1,1201.416.8635,080

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1401.216.5634,430

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

601.316.6734,670

Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic

95033.728.8960,090

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

(5)(5)18.1037,650

Prepress Technicians and Workers

901.219.0239,550

Printing Press Operators

4801.315.2031,610

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

2101.912.4425,880

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

2500.69.0918,910

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

1101.09.7320,250

Sewing Machine Operators

3701.211.3323,570

Upholsterers

901.417.4736,340

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

1200.615.4132,060

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

(5)(5)13.0227,080

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

1601.114.3129,770

Power Plant Operators

500.618.1837,800

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

1700.716.7434,820

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

(5)(5)18.1137,660

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

400.615.9833,230

Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

3104.913.7328,560

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

2200.917.0435,430

Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

401.113.0327,100

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1401.117.0435,450

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

300.216.6434,600

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

2,1002.023.9249,750

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

(5)(5)23.3448,540

Dental Laboratory Technicians

700.920.3142,240

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

5200.613.4728,010

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

4002.114.8930,970

Painters, Transportation Equipment

2001.822.2546,270

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

400.612.8926,820

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

501.311.7924,520

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)16.3934,090

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1100.615.7732,800

Helpers--Production Workers

9601.110.8422,540

Production Workers, All Other

3300.712.6726,350

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Wichita, KS, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_48620.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) Estimate not released.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, August 10, 2015