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Friday, June 09, 2023

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Gainesville — May 2022

Workers in the Gainesville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $25.88 in May 2022, 13 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 all of the 22 major occupational groups.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, Gainesville area employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical, educational instruction and library, and office and administrative support. Fourteen groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, transportation and material moving, and computer and mathematical. (See table A.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 29.76 25.88* -13


6.7 6.1* 63.08 53.85* -15

Business and financial operations

6.5 5.9* 41.39 32.74* -21

Computer and mathematical

3.4 2.6* 51.99 37.62* -28

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.1* 45.52 36.91* -19

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 1.0* 40.21 29.73* -26

Community and social service

1.6 2.2* 26.81 22.58* -16


0.8 0.6* 59.87 52.72* -12

Educational instruction and library

5.7 8.4* 30.41 28.10* -8

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.2* 36.78 30.11* -18

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 10.4* 46.52 40.93* -12

Healthcare support

4.6 4.7 17.10 16.68* -2

Protective service

2.3 2.2* 25.97 22.90* -12

Food preparation and serving related

8.5 9.4* 15.45 14.35* -7

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 3.5* 17.26 15.34* -11

Personal care and service

1.9 1.6* 17.41 15.17* -13

Sales and related

8.9 8.2* 24.22 20.16* -17

Office and administrative support

12.6 14.9* 21.90 19.63* -10

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 18.21 16.59* -9

Construction and extraction

4.1 3.4* 28.08 21.50* -23

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.6* 26.77 22.79* -15


5.9 2.2* 21.81 19.42* -11

Transportation and material moving

9.2 6.7* 21.12 18.02* -15

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Gainesville, FL 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—healthcare practitioners and technical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Gainesville had 14,280 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 10.4 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.1-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $40.93, significantly below the national wage of $46.52.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group included registered nurses (6,020), clinical laboratory technologists and technicians (740), and pharmacy technicians (680). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were general dentists, with a mean hourly wage of $84.48. At the lower end of the wage scale were psychiatric technicians ($17.35) and veterinary technologists and technicians ($17.93). (Detailed data for the healthcare practitioners and technical 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 Gainesville area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, clinical laboratory technologists and technicians were employed at 2.4 times the national rate in Gainesville, and registered nurses, at 2.1 times the U.S. average. Dental hygienists had a location quotient of 1.0 in Gainesville, 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 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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 Gainesville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,472 establishments with a response rate of 61 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 Gainesville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Alachua County and Gilchrist County.

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 healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, Gainesville metropolitan area, May 2022
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

14,280 1.7 40.93 85,130

Dentists, general

140 1.2 84.48 175,720

Dietitians and nutritionists

90 1.4 31.65 65,840


470 1.6 53.58 111,450

Physician assistants

200 1.6 55.30 115,010

Occupational therapists

240 1.9 37.80 78,620

Physical therapists

340 1.6 41.71 86,750

Respiratory therapists

230 1.9 30.93 64,330

Speech-language pathologists

180 1.2 38.02 79,080


110 1.5 52.80 109,820

Registered nurses

6,020 2.1 38.91 80,940

Nurse practitioners

340 1.4 53.43 111,130

Physicians, all other

560 2.0 125.00 260,000

Dental hygienists

200 1.0 37.77 78,570

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

740 2.4 27.18 56,530

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

130 2.5 34.90 72,600

Diagnostic medical sonographers

150 2.0 32.86 68,350

Nuclear medicine technologists

40 2.5 35.79 74,430

Radiologic technologists and technicians

430 2.2 30.36 63,160

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

80 2.2 34.91 72,610


100 1.1 23.73 49,350

Pharmacy technicians

680 1.6 19.37 40,300

Psychiatric technicians

230 2.4 17.35 36,090

Veterinary technologists and technicians

200 1.8 17.93 37,290

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

490 0.8 24.78 51,540

Medical records specialists

310 1.8 25.20 52,410

Opticians, dispensing

40 0.6 22.74 47,300

Orthotists and prosthetists

30 3.7 36.71 76,350

Health technologists and technicians, all other

290 1.9 22.73 47,270

Athletic trainers

90 3.2 (6) 53,880

Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other

70 1.9 (5) (5)

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Gainesville, FL 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.
(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: Friday, June 09, 2023