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Friday, June 30, 2023

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Clarksville — May 2022

Workers in the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.19 in May 2022, 25 percent below the nationwide average of $29.76, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Victoria G. Lee noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 21 of the 22 major occupational groups.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, Clarksville area employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including production, food preparation and serving related, and educational instruction and library. Thirteen groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations, computer and mathematical, and management. (See table A.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Clarksville metropolitan area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2022
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage ($)
United States Clarksville United States Clarksville Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 29.76 22.19* -25


6.7 5.4* 63.08 45.55* -28

Business and financial operations

6.5 3.7* 41.39 31.70* -23

Computer and mathematical

3.4 1.6* 51.99 34.80* -33

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.3* 45.52 34.17* -25

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.6* 40.21 34.08* -15

Community and social service

1.6 1.7* 26.81 22.86* -15


0.8 0.3* 59.87 37.87* -37

Educational instruction and library

5.7 7.0* 30.41 23.12* -24

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 0.8* 36.78 21.82* -41

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 5.6* 46.52 37.51* -19

Healthcare support

4.6 3.5* 17.10 16.11* -6

Protective service

2.3 2.1* 25.97 22.35* -14

Food preparation and serving related

8.5 11.2* 15.45 12.44* -19

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.6* 17.26 14.60* -15

Personal care and service

1.9 2.0 17.41 14.40* -17

Sales and related

8.9 9.8* 24.22 17.59* -27

Office and administrative support

12.6 13.0* 21.90 18.87* -14

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 18.21 17.96 -1

Construction and extraction

4.1 3.1* 28.08 22.08* -21

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.9* 26.77 25.08* -6


5.9 10.1* 21.81 19.89* -9

Transportation and material moving

9.2 9.8* 21.12 18.27* -13

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The mean hourly wage or percent share of employment is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Clarksville had 9,340 jobs in production, accounting for 10.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.9-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $19.89, significantly below the national wage of $21.81.

Among the larger detailed occupations within the production group was miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators (2,580). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers and tool and die makers, with mean hourly wages of $31.14 and $24.20, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale was laundry and dry-cleaning workers ($11.64). (Detailed data for the production occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to

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 Clarksville area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, sewing machine operators were employed at 4.1 times the national rate in Clarksville, and metal and plastic cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, at 3.4 times the U.S. average. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders had a location quotient of 1.0 in Clarksville, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, and the Kentucky Department for Workforce Investment.

Changes to the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) Data

The May 2022 OEWS estimates use the model-based (MB3) estimation method implemented with the May 2021 estimates release. Additional updates were made to the MB3 wage processing methodology for May 2022. For more information, see the May 2022 Survey Methods and Reliability Statement.

The May 2022 estimates are the first OEWS estimates to be produced using the 2022 NAICS, which replaces the 2017 NAICS used for the May 2017-May 2021 estimates. See North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) at BLS for details.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OEWS data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 580 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-digit, most 4-digit, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OEWS data are available at

The OEWS survey is a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support, while the State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data. OEWS estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.1 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 179,000 to 187,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by Internet or other electronic means, mail, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2022 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2022, November 2021, May 2021, November 2020, May 2020, and November 2019. The unweighted sampled employment of 80 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57 percent of total national employment. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 65.4 percent based on establishments and 62.5 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The sample in the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,460 establishments with a response rate of 65 percent. For more information about OEWS concepts and methodology, go to

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.

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 Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Christian County, KY; Trigg County, KY; and Montgomery County, TN.

For more information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the OEWS data are available at Detailed information about the OEWS program is available at

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employment and wage data for production occupations, Clarksville metropolitan area, May 2022
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Production occupations

9,340 1.7 19.89 41,380

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

600 1.4 31.14 64,780

Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators

2,580 2.8 19.17 39,870


80 0.6 14.41 29,970

Butchers and meat cutters

80 1.0 18.00 37,440

Food batchmakers

80 0.8 15.26 31,740

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

130 3.3 20.78 43,220

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

50 8.2 20.86 43,380

Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

50 3.0 21.62 44,970

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

390 3.4 19.90 41,390


130 0.7 22.90 47,630

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

110 1.1 17.88 37,200

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

90 1.1 23.04 47,920

Tool and die makers

100 2.6 24.20 50,340

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

500 2.0 21.26 44,220

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

50 2.4 20.41 42,440

Metal workers and plastic workers, all other

30 2.6 17.39 36,170

Prepress technicians and workers

40 2.3 19.93 41,460

Printing press operators

170 1.8 21.81 45,360

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

100 0.9 11.64 24,200

Sewing machine operators

300 4.1 15.13 31,470

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

50 1.2 14.82 30,820

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

70 0.9 20.07 41,740

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

80 1.1 22.20 46,180

Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

30 1.0 19.07 39,660

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

100 1.5 19.09 39,710

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

60 1.7 18.22 37,890

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

760 2.1 20.86 43,390

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

200 0.9 18.42 38,320

Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

110 1.2 21.12 43,940

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

60 1.0 20.49 42,620

Helpers--production workers

170 1.4 15.51 32,260

Production workers, all other

490 3.1 17.53 36,460

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations may not sum to the totals due to rounding, and because the totals may include occupations that are 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.


Last Modified Date: Friday, June 30, 2023