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Thursday, July 18, 2024

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Tallahassee — May 2023

Workers in the Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $25.33 in May 2023, compared to the nationwide average of $31.48, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Victoria G. Lee noted that higher paying major occupational groups included management ($48.97), legal ($42.05), and healthcare practitioners and technical ($40.67). Lower paying occupations included food preparation and serving related ($14.37), building and grounds cleaning and maintenance ($15.23), and personal care and service ($15.96). (See table A.)

Occupational groups with the highest employment in the Tallahassee area included office and administrative support (14.0 percent), business and financial operations (11.2 percent), and food preparation and serving related (9.6 percent). Major occupational groups on the lower end of local employment included architecture and engineering (1.0 percent) and both arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media and life, physical, and social science (1.3 percent each). (See table A.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Tallahassee metropolitan area, May 2023
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage ($)
United States Tallahassee United States Tallahassee

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 31.48 25.33


6.9 7.1 66.23 48.97

Business and financial operations

6.6 11.2 43.55 28.71

Computer and mathematical

3.4 4.0 54.39 34.50

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.0 47.64 35.55

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 1.3 42.24 27.09

Community and social service

1.6 2.1 28.36 22.86


0.8 1.8 64.34 42.05

Educational instruction and library

5.8 6.2 31.92 27.85

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.3 36.31 28.10

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 6.4 49.07 40.67

Healthcare support

4.7 3.7 18.37 16.10

Protective service

2.3 3.0 27.74 23.42

Food preparation and serving related

8.7 9.6 16.58 14.37

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.9 18.43 15.23

Personal care and service

2.0 1.5 18.48 15.96

Sales and related

8.8 8.4 25.62 19.80

Office and administrative support

12.2 14.0 23.05 19.22

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.2 19.22 16.59

Construction and extraction

4.1 3.6 29.57 21.92

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.2 28.13 22.16


5.8 1.9 22.90 18.81

Transportation and material moving

9.1 5.3 22.45 17.51

One occupational group—business and financial operations—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Tallahassee had 20,350 jobs in business and financial operations, accounting for 11.2 percent of local area employment, compared to the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $28.71, compared to the national wage of $43.55.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the business and financial operations group included management analysts (5,700), accountants and auditors (2,340), and compliance officers (1,690). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were personal financial advisors and financial risk specialists, with mean hourly wages of $63.12 and $52.46, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents ($17.74); compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists ($20.32); and compliance officers ($21.04). (Detailed data for the business and financial operations 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 Tallahassee area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the business and financial operations group. For instance, tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents were employed at 8.7 times the national rate in Tallahassee, and management analysts, at 5.7 times the U.S. average. Project management specialists had a location quotient of 1.1 in Tallahassee, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

The statistics in this release are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support. State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data: in this case, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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. Full OEWS data tables are available online.

Additional information about the OEWS estimates and methodology are available in the national Technical Notes. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 65.8 percent based on establishments and 64.3 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The sample in the Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,793 establishments with a response rate of 59 percent.

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 Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Gadsden County, Jefferson County, Leon County, and Wakulla County.

For more information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the OEWS data, as well as general program documentation, are available on the OEWS website.

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 business and financial operations occupations, Tallahassee metropolitan area, May 2023
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Business and financial operations occupations

20,350 1.7 28.71 59,710

Buyers and purchasing agents

480 0.8 26.50 55,120

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

640 1.8 29.45 61,260

Compliance officers

1,690 3.7 21.04 43,760

Cost estimators

210 0.8 30.94 64,360

Human resources specialists

1,270 1.2 26.57 55,270

Labor relations specialists

140 1.8 35.95 74,780


110 0.4 29.94 62,260

Project management specialists

1,180 1.1 42.20 87,780

Management analysts

5,700 5.7 27.21 56,590

Meeting, convention, and event planners

150 1.0 26.25 54,600


180 1.5 28.84 59,990

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

420 3.5 20.32 42,260

Training and development specialists

610 1.3 26.82 55,780

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

890 0.9 30.46 63,350

Business operations specialists, all other

1,930 1.5 31.72 65,980

Accountants and auditors

2,340 1.4 28.70 59,690

Property appraisers and assessors

70 1.0 29.44 61,220

Budget analysts

160 2.8 31.11 64,720

Credit analysts

50 0.6 36.22 75,330

Financial and investment analysts

300 0.8 33.28 69,210

Personal financial advisors

230 0.7 63.12 131,290

Insurance underwriters

160 1.3 28.15 58,550

Financial risk specialists

60 0.9 52.46 109,120

Financial examiners

150 2.0 24.30 50,550

Loan officers

400 1.1 32.66 67,930

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

520 8.7 17.74 36,890

Financial specialists, all other

130 0.9 25.14 52,280

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Tallahassee, 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.


Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024