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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Occupational Employment and Wages in Corpus Christi, May 2013
Workers in the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $18.51 in May 2013, 17 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 2 of the 22 major occupational groups, including production, while sixteen groups had significantly lower wages including legal; computer and mathematical; and sales and related occupations.
When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare support; construction and extraction; and installation, maintenance, and repair. Conversely, twelve groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations; computer and mathematical; and production. (See table A and box note at end of release.)
|Major occupational group||Percent of total employment||Mean hourly wage|
|United States||Corpus Christi||United States||Corpus Christi||Percent difference(1)|
Total, all occupations
Business and financial operations
Computer and mathematical
Architecture and engineering
Life, physical, and social science
Community and social service
Education, training, and library
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media
Healthcare practitioners and technical
Food preparation and serving related
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance
Personal care and service
Sales and related
Office and administrative support
Farming, fishing, and forestry
Construction and extraction
Installation, maintenance, and repair
Transportation and material moving
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Corpus Christi is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
One occupational group–construction and extraction–was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Corpus Christi had 15,780 jobs in construction and extraction, accounting for 8.5 percent of local area employment, more than double the national share of 3.8 percent. However, the local wage for this occupational group was significantly below the U.S. average. At $18.37 an hour, the mean wage for Corpus Christi construction and extraction workers was 16 percent below the $21.94 national average.
With employment of 2,800, construction laborers was among the largest occupations within the construction and extraction group, as were first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers (1,550), and oil and gas roustabouts (1,470). Among the higher paying jobs were oil and gas rotary drill operators, as well as sheet metal workers, with mean hourly wages of $26.54 and $24.70, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were construction laborers ($13.03) and carpenters ($16.34). (Detailed occupational data for construction and extraction are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of all detailed occupations, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_18580.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 Corpus Christi metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the construction and extraction group. For instance, oil and gas roustabouts were employed at 15.4 times the national rate in Corpus Christi, and oil, gas, and mining service unit operators, at 12.8 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, carpenters had a location quotient of 1.0 in Corpus Christi, indicating the local employment share in this particular occupation matched the national average.
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 Texas Workforce Commission.
OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.
Note: 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.
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. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. 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 for a 3-year period. May 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. The sample in the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,954 establishments with a response rate of 69 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.
The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm, respectively.
The May 2013 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.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 Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Aransas, Nueces and San Patricio Counties in Texas.Additional information
OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/home.htm. 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/2013/may/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: 1-800-877-8339.
Construction and extraction occupations
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
Cement masons and concrete finishers
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall
Painters, construction and maintenance
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers
Sheet metal workers
Structural iron and steel workers
Helpers-painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
Helpers-pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
Helpers, construction trades, all other
Construction and building inspectors
Hazardous materials removal workers
Highway maintenance workers
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners
Derrick operators, oil and gas
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining
Roustabouts, oil and gas
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Corpus Christi MSA, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_18580.htm.
Last Modified Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014