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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Rochester, NY - 2014

Workers in the Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.01 in May 2014, about 3 percent below the nationwide average of $22.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 3 of the 22 major occupational groups. Ten groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal; life, physical, and social science; and computer and mathematical.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including education, training, and library; office and administrative support; and healthcare practitioners and technical. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including transportation and material moving, sales and related, and construction and extraction. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$22.71$22.01*-3

Management

5.04.3*54.0852.26*-3

Business and financial operations

5.14.3*34.8133.13*-5

Computer and mathematical

2.83.2*40.3734.17*-15

Architecture and engineering

1.82.1*39.1936.58*-7

Life, physical, and social science

0.80.7*33.6926.74*-21

Community and social services

1.42.0*21.7921.65-1

Legal

0.80.7*48.6139.85*-18

Education, training, and library

6.28.9*25.1026.616

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.31.326.8223.56*-12

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.86.5*36.5432.47*-11

Healthcare support

2.93.013.8613.44*-3

Protective service

2.42.1*21.1423.97*13

Food preparation and serving related

9.18.5*10.5710.48-1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.23.112.6813.083

Personal care and service

3.13.4*12.0112.75*6

Sales and related

10.59.7*18.5918.03-3

Office and administrative support

16.017.0*17.0816.96-1

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.30.1*12.0913.31*10

Construction and extraction

3.93.1*22.4022.902

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.93.721.7421.44-1

Production

6.67.2*17.0617.070

Transportation and material moving

6.85.0*16.5715.19*-8

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Rochester 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—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Rochester had 84,350 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 17.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 16.0-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.96, compared to the national wage of $17.08.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (12,470); customer service representatives (12,030); and office clerks, general (10,260). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $27.65 and $27.25, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($10.13) and stock clerks and order fillers ($11.71). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2014/may/oes_40380.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 Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, word processors and typists were employed at 3.4 times the national rate in Rochester, and interviewers, except eligibility and loan, at 1.7 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, postal service mail carriers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Rochester, 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 New York State 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 Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,699 establishments with a response rate of 77 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 Rochester, N.Y. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne Counties.

Additional information

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

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

84,3501.1$16.96$35,290

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

5,7301.127.6557,510

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

4701.214.1229,370

Bill and Account Collectors

1,5101.218.2037,850

Billing and Posting Clerks

1,7101.016.6434,600

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

5,9501.018.0337,490

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

6901.117.9437,310

Procurement Clerks

2801.118.4838,440

Tellers

1,5300.812.8126,650

Financial Clerks, All Other

(5)(5)22.5846,970

Brokerage Clerks

1200.624.4850,920

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

4000.920.2442,100

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

600.420.3742,370

Customer Service Representatives

12,0301.316.1733,640

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

6301.420.1441,890

File Clerks

4300.812.1125,190

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

5600.610.1321,080

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

1,1701.714.4630,070

Library Assistants, Clerical

4401.212.8226,660

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

3600.518.9639,440

New Accounts Clerks

800.416.4334,180

Order Clerks

5400.816.3033,910

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

6701.417.6836,780

Receptionists and Information Clerks

3,7801.113.0727,180

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

1400.316.4134,130

Information and Record Clerks, All Other

2500.416.8034,950

Cargo and Freight Agents

1000.421.2444,180

Couriers and Messengers

2701.013.1527,340

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

3300.920.9843,630

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

6901.016.9635,270

Meter Readers, Utilities

(5)(5)16.2233,730

Postal Service Clerks

2200.823.9549,810

Postal Service Mail Carriers

1,1101.024.7551,490

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

5601.322.7847,380

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

1,3201.222.7047,210

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

2,2000.915.0531,300

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

6,7601.011.7124,360

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

1600.614.2729,690

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

2,2400.927.2556,690

Legal Secretaries

7200.918.7138,920

Medical Secretaries

1,2700.714.4430,040

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

12,4701.516.6334,590

Computer Operators

3301.517.8637,140

Data Entry Keyers

8501.114.6630,480

Word Processors and Typists

1,0103.415.6732,590

Desktop Publishers

(5)(5)22.3646,510

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

2600.319.7140,990

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

1800.514.7930,770

Office Clerks, General

10,2601.014.4029,960

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

3001.213.2727,590

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

501.219.8841,350

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

9201.115.2231,660

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Rochester, NY, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_40380.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: Thursday, April 23, 2015