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16-1064-ATL
Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater — May 2015

Workers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.40 in May 2015, about 8 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, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 16 of the 22 major occupational groups including construction and extraction, architecture and engineering, and computer and mathematical. One group had a significantly higher wage than its respective national average: sales and related. 

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support, sales and related, and business and financial operations. Conversely, 12 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, transportation and material moving, 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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2015
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesTampaUnited StatesTampaPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$23.23$21.40*-8

Management

5.03.6*55.3056.662

Business and financial operations

5.16.3*35.4832.40*-9

Computer and mathematical

2.93.3*41.4335.51*-14

Architecture and engineering

1.81.2*39.8933.21*-17

Life, physical, and social science

0.80.6*34.2431.14*-9

Community and social services

1.41.0*22.1921.31-4

Legal

0.81.1*49.7444.30*-11

Education, training, and library

6.25.3*25.4820.74*-19

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.31.1*27.3925.00*-9

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.86.6*37.4036.97-1

Healthcare support

2.93.014.1913.59*-4

Protective service

2.42.321.4519.12*-11

Food preparation and serving related

9.110.0*10.9811.061

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.22.8*13.0211.47*-12

Personal care and service

3.12.7*12.3311.82*-4

Sales and related

10.512.4*18.9019.49*3

Office and administrative support

15.818.8*17.4716.15*-8

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.30.1*12.6712.35-3

Construction and extraction

4.03.7*22.8817.39*-24

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.94.3*22.1119.22*-13

Production

6.64.4*17.4116.08*-8

Transportation and material moving

6.95.2*16.9014.68*-13

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 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. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater had 228,870 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 18.8 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 15.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.15, significantly below the national wage of $17.47.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included customer service representatives (42,650), secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (25,200), and general office clerks (22,880). 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 $26.08 and $24.02, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($10.48) and stock clerks and order fillers ($11.64). (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/current/oes_45300.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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, data entry keyers were employed at 2.1 times the national rate in Tampa, and file clerks, at 2.0 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, tellers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Tampa, 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 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistical 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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area included 5,727 establishments with a response rate of 71 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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties.

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 atwww.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, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2015
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

228,8701.2$16.15$33,590

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

15,8101.326.0854,240

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

8200.912.3525,700

Telephone Operators

(5)(5)11.6324,190

Bill and Account Collectors

4,5101.616.8935,130

Billing and Posting Clerks

5,7701.316.2533,800

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

14,7001.116.7134,760

Gaming Cage Workers

300.210.6322,100

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

9700.718.9539,410

Procurement Clerks

5500.918.1637,770

Tellers

4,3401.014.6630,490

Financial Clerks, All Other

3301.123.0547,950

Brokerage Clerks

6401.321.9545,660

Correspondence Clerks

(5)(5)16.6234,560

Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

8900.817.0235,400

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

9902.717.2935,970

Customer Service Representatives

42,6501.915.1531,510

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

5300.516.4834,290

File Clerks

2,5002.013.7828,670

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

1,9900.910.4821,790

Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

1,5701.015.9133,080

Library Assistants, Clerical

5500.612.8126,650

Loan Interviewers and Clerks

3,1901.719.5240,590

New Accounts Clerks

1900.517.1735,720

Order Clerks

1,9301.213.3427,740

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping

1,3301.117.1435,660

Receptionists and Information Clerks

11,5801.312.8326,680

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

(5)(5)17.2735,930

Information and Record Clerks, All Other

2,2401.417.3136,010

Cargo and Freight Agents

7901.118.6638,820

Couriers and Messengers

4700.713.2927,640

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

7500.917.7937,000

Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

1,4300.819.1039,730

Meter Readers, Utilities

2000.714.1429,410

Postal Service Clerks

6100.924.7551,480

Postal Service Mail Carriers

3,0001.124.5651,090

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

1,0101.025.0752,150

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

2,0300.719.5540,670

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

5,5700.913.7228,530

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

18,1701.111.6424,210

Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

5801.014.8330,840

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

6,4201.124.0249,970

Legal Secretaries

1,5900.921.1443,970

Medical Secretaries

2,4200.514.6930,550

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

25,2001.315.2731,760

Computer Operators

4100.916.6634,660

Data Entry Keyers

3,6302.113.8528,810

Word Processors and Typists

2400.414.6030,370

Desktop Publishers

900.816.5734,460

Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks

3,8701.717.7636,940

Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

7300.913.3227,710

Office Clerks, General

22,8800.913.4127,900

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

5300.912.6926,390

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

1201.314.1729,480

Statistical Assistants

(5)(5)16.2933,880

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

1,2900.614.1029,340

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_45300.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, May 26, 2016