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Occupational Employment and Wages in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, May 2016

Workers in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.70 in May 2016, about 13 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 19 of the 22 major groups, including legal; management; and construction and extraction. Wages in three occupational groups were not measurably different from their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 5 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical; management; and sales and related. Conversely, eight groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; education, training, and library; and architecture and engineering. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2016
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United
States
Little Rock-
North Little Rock-
Conway, AR
United
States
Little Rock-
North Little Rock-
Conway, AR
Percent
difference(1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0   $23.86 $20.70 * -13

Management

5.1 5.8 * 56.74 41.85 * -26

Business and financial operations

5.2 5.1   36.09 28.64 * -21

Computer and mathematical

3.0 3.2   42.25 32.66 * -23

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.2 * 40.53 32.21 * -21

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.7 * 35.06 27.42 * -22

Community and social service

1.4 1.3 * 22.69 19.90 * -12

Legal

0.8 0.9 * 50.95 36.23 * -29

Education, training, and library

6.2 5.0 * 26.21 26.27   0

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 0.9 * 28.07 20.80 * -26

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 8.2 * 38.06 32.71 * -14

Healthcare support

2.9 3.1   14.65 13.40 * -9

Protective service

2.4 2.4   22.03 17.64 * -20

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 8.8 * 11.47 10.27 * -10

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 3.1   13.47 11.20 * -17

Personal care and service

3.2 3.2   12.74 10.86 * -15

Sales and related

10.4 11.0 * 19.50 17.09 * -12

Office and administrative support

15.7 16.0   17.91 16.17 * -10

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.2 * 13.37 13.95   4

Construction and extraction

4.0 3.9   23.51 18.11 * -23

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.2 * 22.45 19.42 * -13

Production

6.5 5.2 * 17.88 17.22   -4

Transportation and material moving

6.9 6.6   17.34 15.93 * -8

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.

Note: * 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. Little Rock had 28,110 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 8.2 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.9-percent national share. However, the local average hourly wage for this occupational group, $32.71 per hour, was about 14 percent below the national average of $38.06.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group included registered nurses (9,320), licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (3,500), and pharmacists (1,460). One of the higher-paying jobs was family and general practitioners, with mean hourly wages of $116.54. At the lower end of the wage scale were emergency medical technicians and paramedics ($12.14) and psychiatric technicians ($13.79). (Detailed occupational data for the healthcare practitioners and technical group are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30780.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 Little Rock metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, in the Little Rock area, both pharmacists and speech language pathologists were employed at 2.0 times the national rate. These location quotients were among the highest in all metropolitan areas for these two particular occupations. On the other hand, dental hygienists had a location quotient of 1.0 in Little Rock, indicating that this 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 Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

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.


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 2016 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, and November 2013. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 73 percent based on establishments and 69 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,757 establishments with a response rate of 74 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2016 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.

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 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Faulkner, Grant, Lonoke, Perry, Pulaski, and Saline Counties in Arkansas.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southwest. 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, Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

28,110 1.4 $32.71 $68,030

Chiropractors

100 1.2 (5) (5)

Dentists, general

150 0.6 66.39 138,100

Dietitians and nutritionists

190 1.3 27.60 57,410

Optometrists

50 0.5 45.29 94,200

Pharmacists

1,460 2.0 52.00 108,150

Family and general practitioners

300 1.0 116.54 242,400

Internists, general

140 1.3 122.39 254,580

Obstetricians and gynecologists

(5) (5) 129.35 269,050

Surgeons

190 1.9 108.46 225,590

Physicians and surgeons, all other

1,480 1.8 70.66 146,980

Physician assistants

220 0.9 38.52 80,110

Occupational therapists

480 1.7 38.12 79,280

Physical therapists

690 1.3 39.97 83,140

Radiation therapists

120 2.8 33.99 70,690

Respiratory therapists

330 1.1 25.40 52,820

Speech-language pathologists

670 2.0 34.24 71,210

Veterinarians

200 1.2 30.70 63,850

Registered nurses

9,320 1.3 29.79 61,970

Nurse anesthetists

150 1.6 65.88 137,030

Nurse practitioners

540 1.5 42.59 88,590

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other

90 1.1 33.16 68,980

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

440 1.1 24.26 50,460

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians

490 1.3 15.94 33,160

Dental hygienists

470 1.0 31.24 64,980

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

230 1.8 23.05 47,940

Diagnostic medical sonographers

230 1.4 29.88 62,150

Nuclear medicine technologists

90 1.9 33.57 69,820

Radiologic technologists

740 1.5 23.77 49,440

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

170 1.9 26.56 55,240

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

340 0.6 12.14 25,260

Dietetic technicians

80 1.0 12.48 25,960

Pharmacy technicians

1,390 1.4 15.14 31,490

Psychiatric technicians

360 2.4 13.79 28,680

Respiratory therapy technicians

(5) (5) 21.78 45,310

Surgical technologists

350 1.4 20.14 41,890

Veterinary technologists and technicians

(5) (5) 14.03 29,180

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

3,500 2.1 18.79 39,080

Medical records and health information technicians

630 1.3 18.62 38,730

Opticians, dispensing

110 0.6 20.54 42,720

Health technologists and technicians, all other

470 1.6 21.36 44,430

Occupational health and safety specialists

210 1.1 28.07 58,390

Occupational health and safety technicians

(5) (5) 29.02 60,350

Athletic trainers

60 1.1 (6) 31,190

Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other

390 4.5 21.67 45,060

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30780.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) Estimates 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: Thursday, July 13, 2017