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Thursday, August 04, 2016

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Dutchess County-Putnam County — May 2015

Workers in the Dutchess County-Putnam County Metropolitan Division had an average (mean) hourly wage of $24.63 in May 2015, about 6 percent above the nationwide average of $23.23, 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 12 of the 22 major occupational groups, including protective service; education, training, and library; and construction and extraction. No group had an hourly wage significantly lower than its respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including education, training, and library; personal care and service; and healthcare practitioners and technical. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; transportation and material moving; and business and financial operations. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Dutchess County-Putnam County Metropolitan Division, and measures of statistical significance, May 2015
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesDutchess County - Putnam CountyUnited StatesDutchess County - Putnam CountyPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$23.23$24.63*6

Management

5.04.3*55.3056.272

Business and Financial Operations

5.12.8*35.4835.360

Computer and Mathematical

2.91.7*41.4341.22-1

Architecture and Engineering

1.83.239.8941.81*5

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.80.4*34.2436.597

Community and Social Service

1.42.0*22.1926.29*18

Legal

0.80.5*49.7450.802

Education, Training, and Library

6.29.9*25.4829.64*16

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.31.327.3927.771

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

5.87.0*37.4039.967

Healthcare Support

2.93.9*14.1914.95*5

Protective Service

2.43.5*21.4527.37*28

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.18.710.9811.88*8

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.24.1*13.0214.26*10

Personal Care and Service

3.15.1*12.3314.34*16

Sales and Related

10.59.4*18.9017.56-7

Office and Administrative Support

15.815.517.4718.54*6

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.30.1*12.6715.00*18

Construction and Extraction

4.05.0*22.8826.98*18

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.94.022.1124.99*13

Production

6.63.2*17.4118.245

Transportation and Material Moving

6.94.4*16.9017.483

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Dutchess County 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—education, training, and library—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Dutchess County-Putnam County had 13,650 jobs in education, training, and library, accounting for 9.9 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.2-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $29.64, significantly above the national wage of $25.48.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the education, training, and library group included teacher assistants (2,320), secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education (1,580), and elementary school teachers, except special education (1,330). Among the higher paying jobs were postsecondary physics teachers and postsecondary economics teachers, with mean annual wages of $98,480 and $98,380, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were preschool teachers, except special education ($26,150) and substitute teachers ($30,210). (Detailed occupational data for education, training, and library are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2015/may/oes_20524.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 Dutchess County-Putnam County Metropolitan Division, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the education, training, and library group. For instance, secondary school special education teachers were employed at 3.7 times the national rate in Dutchess County-Putnam County, and postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers, at 3.6 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, elementary school teachers, except special education had a location quotient of 1.0 in Dutchess County-Putnam County, 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.

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 Dutchess County-Putnam County Metropolitan Division included 1,378 establishments with a response rate of 78 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 Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. Metropolitan Division  includes Dutchess and Putnam 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/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, Dutchess County-Putnam County Metropolitan Division, May 2015
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

13,6501.6$29.64$61,640

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

(5)(5)(5)86,700

Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

(5)(5)(5)81,130

Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

(5)(5)(5)72,460

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

1002.0(5)87,390

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

602.9(5)95,490

Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

603.9(5)98,480

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

305.2(5)96,240

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

604.7(5)98,380

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

503.0(5)96,580

Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

1203.0(5)93,330

Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

603.8(5)73,420

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

3503.6(5)71,960

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

2503.3(5)93,420

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

903.1(5)79,850

History Teachers, Postsecondary

502.2(5)88,640

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

602.5(5)89,840

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

(5)(5)26.4755,060

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

7802.112.5726,150

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

1000.7(5)76,460

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

1,3301.0(5)82,380

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

6001.0(5)81,830

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School

503.4(5)79,880

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

1,5801.6(5)82,950

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

1001.3(5)69,180

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

5302.7(5)78,610

Special Education Teachers, Middle School

1001.1(5)87,030

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

4803.7(5)74,110

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

1702.625.9453,960

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

7203.323.9949,890

Teachers and Instructors, All Other, Except Substitute Teachers

1100.4(5)82,930

Substitute Teachers

7601.214.5230,210

Librarians

2201.728.5759,430

Library Technicians

2402.615.2731,760

Instructional Coordinators

1200.929.9862,360

Teacher Assistants

2,3201.9(5)25,810

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_20524.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, August 04, 2016