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18-696-ATL
Monday, May 21, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Augusta-Richmond County – May 2017

Workers in the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.16 in May 2017, about 13 percent below the nationwide average of $24.34, 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 averages in 16 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction; sales and related; and computer and mathematical. Three groups: farming, fishing, and forestry; production; and architecture and engineering, had significantly higher wages than their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 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 office and administrative support. (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 2017
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesAugustaUnited StatesAugustaPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0100.0$24.34$21.16*-13

Management

5.14.6*57.6548.93*-15

Business and financial operations

5.23.5*36.7031.41*-14

Computer and mathematical

3.01.5*43.1833.94*-21

Architecture and engineering

1.82.2*41.4443.35*5

Life, physical, and social science

0.81.0*35.7633.50-6

Community and social service

1.51.0*23.1021.80-6

Legal

0.80.4*51.6239.18*-24

Education, training, and library

6.17.0*26.6725.52-4

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.40.8*28.3422.99*-19

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.08.7*38.8334.44*-11

Healthcare support

2.93.115.0513.51*-10

Protective service

2.42.9*22.6918.83*-17

Food preparation and serving related

9.39.211.889.97*-16

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.13.313.9111.80*-15

Personal care and service

3.62.4*13.1111.56*-12

Sales and related

10.210.019.5615.06*-23

Office and administrative support

15.414.2*18.2415.77*-14

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.30.2*13.8716.16*17

Construction and extraction

4.05.424.0118.15*-24

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.94.2*23.0221.57*-6

Production

6.38.0*18.3019.61*7

Transportation and material moving

7.06.417.8214.39*-19

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area 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 18,940 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, accounting for 8.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.0-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $34.44, significantly below the national wage of $38.83.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group included registered nurses (6,900), licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (1,760), and pharmacy technicians (830). Among the higher paying jobs in this group were pharmacists and nurse practitioners, with mean hourly wages of $55.28 and $47.26, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pharmacy technicians ($14.60) and veterinary technologists and technicians ($15.12). (Detailed data for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations 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 some of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, occupational health and safety specialists were employed at 6.6 times the national rate in Augusta, and family and general practitioners, at 3.2 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, medical records and health information technicians had a location quotient of 1.1 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 release of the May 2017 estimates, the OES program has replaced 21 detailed occupations found in the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) with 10 new aggregations of those occupations. In addition, selected 4- and 5-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries previously published by OES will no longer be published separately. Some of the 4-digit NAICS industries that are no longer being published separately will instead be published as OES-specific industry aggregations. More information about the new occupational and industry aggregations is available at www.bls.gov/oes/changes_2017.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 data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels; and national estimates 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. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2017 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2017, November 2016, May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, and November 2014. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 72 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted sample employment of 82 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,455 establishments with a response rate of 76 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tec.htm.

The May 2017 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2017 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 2017 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 Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina; Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties in Georgia.

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 2017
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

18,9401.5$34.44$71,640

Chiropractors

500.942.7688,940

Dentists, general

1100.794.20195,940

Dietitians and nutritionists

1201.226.2954,690

Optometrists

500.960.96126,800

Pharmacists

5701.255.28114,980

Family and general practitioners

6303.260.19125,190

Surgeons

(5)(5)135.31281,450

Physicians and surgeons, all other

6301.2107.28223,150

Physician assistants

2301.439.8882,960

Occupational therapists

1700.938.9481,000

Physical therapists

4201.238.0879,210

Recreational therapists

(5)(5)19.2039,940

Respiratory therapists

2901.527.4357,050

Speech-language pathologists

1700.837.7478,500

Veterinarians

1601.541.2985,880

Registered nurses

6,9001.632.7768,150

Nurse anesthetists

400.689.98187,150

Nurse practitioners

3101.247.2698,300

Audiologists

(5)(5)35.9674,800

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

6401.323.6849,260

Dental hygienists

3301.029.4661,280

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

1501.827.2156,590

Diagnostic medical sonographers

1101.030.3963,220

Nuclear medicine technologists

501.727.6057,410

Radiologic technologists

4001.327.8357,880

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

801.425.9453,960

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

5601.416.7034,730

Pharmacy technicians

8301.314.6030,370

Surgical technologists

2901.820.5142,660

Veterinary technologists and technicians

2201.415.1231,460

Ophthalmic medical technicians

901.216.1733,630

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

1,7601.619.8441,270

Medical records and health information technicians

3501.120.7743,190

Opticians, dispensing

1101.014.8830,960

Health technologists and technicians, all other

4002.118.7939,090

Occupational health and safety specialists

8206.632.1266,820

Occupational health and safety technicians

2208.128.9560,210

Athletic trainers

701.8(6)43,160

Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other

701.228.9860,280

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, 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) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, May 21, 2018