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16-1182-ATL
Friday, June 17, 2016

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Augusta-Richmond County — May 2015

Workers in the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.35 in May 2015, about 12 percent below the nationwide average of $23.23, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, after testing for statistical significance, 18 groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including computer and mathematical; sales and related; and management.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical; production; and education, training, and library. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations; 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 Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2015
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesAugustaUnited StatesAugustaPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$23.23$20.35*-12

Management

5.04.1*55.3047.10*-15

Business and Financial Operations

5.13.2*35.4830.57*-14

Computer and Mathematical

2.91.2*41.4332.35*-22

Architecture and Engineering

1.82.839.8941.223

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.80.934.2430.90*-10

Community and Social Services

1.41.0*22.1919.74*-11

Legal

0.80.4*49.7436.44*-27

Education, Training, and Library

6.27.0*25.4823.10-9

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.30.8*27.3921.91*-20

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

5.88.4*37.4034.61*-7

Healthcare Support

2.93.1*14.1912.63*-11

Protective Service

2.43.1*21.4517.55*-18

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.19.110.989.60*-13

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.23.213.0210.80*-17

Personal Care and Service

3.12.4*12.3311.42*-7

Sales and Related

10.510.318.9015.06*-20

Office and Administrative Support

15.815.1*17.4715.02*-14

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.30.2*12.6716.41*30

Construction and Extraction

4.04.522.8819.49*-15

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.94.6*22.1121.00*-5

Production

6.67.8*17.4117.973

Transportation and Material Moving

6.96.916.9015.71*-7

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Augusta-Richmond 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—healthcare practitioners and technical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Augusta-Richmond County had 17,850 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 8.4 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $34.61, significantly below the national wage of $37.40.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group included registered nurses (6,400), licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (1,850), and pharmacy technicians (820). Among the higher paying jobs were obstetricians and gynecologists, and family and general practitioners, with mean hourly wages of $116.39 and $109.43, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were veterinary technologists and technicians ($13.55) and pharmacy technicians ($14.10). (Detailed occupational data for healthcare practitioners and technical are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_12260.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 Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, surgical technologists were employed at 1.9 times the national rate in Augusta, and medical and clinical laboratory technicians, at 1.8 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, dental hygienists had a location quotient of 1.0 in Augusta, 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 Georgia 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 Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,511 establishments with a response rate of 79 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 Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties of Georgia and Aiken and Edgefield Counties of South Carolina.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southeast. 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/current/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, Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2015
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

17,8501.4$34.61$71,990

Chiropractors

500.928.9660,230

Dentists, General

(5)(5)93.70194,900

Dentists, All Other Specialists

(5)(5)49.24102,430

Dietitians and Nutritionists

2302.516.6834,690

Optometrists

901.757.66119,940

Pharmacists

5701.355.25114,920

Anesthesiologists

(5)(5)(6)(6)

Family and General Practitioners

2701.4109.43227,620

Internists, General

400.595.06197,720

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

(5)(5)116.39242,090

Pediatricians, General

300.871.18148,060

Surgeons

1001.5(6)(6)

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

1,0102.068.80143,100

Physician Assistants

2001.335.1273,050

Occupational Therapists

1600.934.8572,490

Physical Therapists

3601.138.9981,100

Radiation Therapists

602.335.6074,060

Recreational Therapists

702.719.1139,740

Respiratory Therapists

3201.726.0554,190

Speech-Language Pathologists

1400.732.2867,130

Veterinarians

1701.739.8782,930

Registered Nurses

6,4001.531.7966,120

Nurse Anesthetists

500.892.78192,990

Nurse Practitioners

2601.344.0091,510

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

4101.626.9456,040

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

4501.817.8637,140

Dental Hygienists

3001.028.4559,170

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

1301.624.5551,070

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

901.030.8564,170

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

301.128.1458,520

Radiologic Technologists

4301.425.0352,060

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

500.927.6957,590

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

5001.415.6732,590

Pharmacy Technicians

8201.414.1029,320

Surgical Technologists

2901.919.0539,620

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

2001.413.5528,190

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

1201.917.5136,430

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

1,8501.719.0239,560

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

3001.019.2440,030

Opticians, Dispensing

1401.314.7830,750

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

2401.519.2339,990

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

1201.132.9368,490

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

701.124.0950,100

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_12260.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.
(6) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,200 per year.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, June 17, 2016