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Friday, April 13, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages in San Antonio–New Braunfels, May 2017

Workers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.21 in May 2017, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $24.34, 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 12 of the 22 major occupational groups, including legal; construction and extraction; and personal care and service. The remaining 10 major occupational groups in the local area had wages that were similar to their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, San Antonio employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups: office and administrative support; food preparation and serving related; personal care and service; and sales and related. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; management; and transportation and material moving. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2017
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United
States
San Antonio-
New Braunfels
United
States
San Antonio-
New Braunfels
Percent
difference(1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $24.34 $22.21 * -9

Management

5.1 3.6 * 57.65 57.31 -1

Business and financial operations

5.2 5.4 36.70 35.39 * -4

Computer and mathematical

3.0 2.9 43.18 42.43 -2

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.4 * 41.44 40.32 -3

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.5 * 35.76 36.16 1

Community and social service

1.5 1.2 * 23.10 21.28 * -8

Legal

0.8 0.7 * 51.62 40.95 * -21

Education, training, and library

6.1 6.2 26.67 25.45 -5

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.2 * 28.34 23.76 * -16

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.0 6.4 38.83 37.12 -4

Healthcare support

2.9 3.1 15.05 14.92 -1

Protective service

2.4 2.5 22.69 21.06 -7

Food preparation and serving related

9.3 10.8 * 11.88 11.53 -3

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.1 2.9 13.91 12.21 * -12

Personal care and service

3.6 4.3 * 13.11 10.95 * -16

Sales and related

10.2 10.9 * 19.56 18.20 * -7

Office and administrative support

15.4 17.7 * 18.24 17.29 * -5

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 13.87 12.54 * -10

Construction and extraction

4.0 4.1 24.01 19.58 * -18

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0 23.02 20.94 * -9

Production

6.3 4.1 * 18.30 17.53 -4

Transportation and material moving

7.0 5.8 * 17.82 16.71 * -6

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the San Antonio-New Braunfels 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 – office and administrative support – was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. San Antonio had 177,700 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 17.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 15.4-percent national share. The local average hourly wage for this occupational group was $17.29, significantly lower than the national average of $18.24.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included customer service representatives (30,630), general office clerks (27,960), and stock clerks and order fillers (15,690). Among the higher-paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, as well as executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $27.81 and $27.50, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($10.68) and receptionists and information clerks ($12.36). (Detailed occupational data for the office and administrative support group are shown in table 1; for a listing of all occupations see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_41700.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 San Antonio metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in a number of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks were employed at 2.2 times the national average in San Antonio, and medical secretaries at 2.1 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in San Antonio, 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 Texas Workforce Commission.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

With the release of the May 2017 estimates, the OES program has replaced 21 detailed occupations found in the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) with 10 new aggregations of those occupations. In addition, selected 4- and 5-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries previously published by OES will no longer be published separately. Some of the 4-digit NAICS industries that are no longer being published separately will instead be published as OES-specific industry aggregations. More information about the new occupational and industry aggregations is available at www.bls.gov/oes/changes_2017.htm.

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 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 2017 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2017, November 2016, May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, and November 2014. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 72 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted sample employment of 82 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,969 establishments with a response rate of 52 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tec.htm.

The May 2017 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2017 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 2017 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 San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties in Texas.

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, San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2017
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

Office and administrative support occupations

177,700 1.2 $17.29 $35,970

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

10,140 1.0 27.81 57,840

Switchboard operators, including answering service

540 1.0 12.38 25,760

Bill and account collectors

2,160 1.1 18.11 37,660

Billing and posting clerks

4,320 1.3 16.71 34,750

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

10,750 1.0 18.51 38,500

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

1,040 1.0 18.78 39,070

Procurement clerks

1,030 2.1 20.06 41,720

Tellers

4,420 1.3 13.44 27,960

Financial clerks, all other

90 0.4 21.62 44,970

Brokerage clerks

590 1.4 26.82 55,790

Court, municipal, and license clerks

820 0.9 17.32 36,030

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

320 1.3 18.03 37,510

Customer service representatives

30,630 1.6 15.63 32,510

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

890 0.9 16.77 34,880

File clerks

1,240 1.5 15.75 32,770

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

1,850 1.0 10.68 22,210

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

600 0.5 16.29 33,870

Library assistants, clerical

460 0.7 12.46 25,910

Loan interviewers and clerks

3,220 2.0 20.33 42,290

New accounts clerks

430 1.5 17.22 35,820

Order clerks

1,300 1.1 16.92 35,190

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

1,500 1.6 18.62 38,730

Receptionists and information clerks

4,580 0.6 12.36 25,710

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

2,330 2.2 19.59 40,750

Information and record clerks, all other

1,790 1.6 17.95 37,330

Cargo and freight agents

260 0.4 26.77 55,680

Couriers and messengers

210 0.4 14.79 30,760

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

610 0.9 18.92 39,360

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

1,210 0.9 18.70 38,890

Meter readers, utilities

290 1.2 18.17 37,790

Postal service clerks

340 0.6 23.53 48,930

Postal service mail carriers

1,900 0.8 23.97 49,860

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

590 0.8 24.70 51,370

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

2,980 1.3 20.14 41,880

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

4,340 0.9 14.69 30,540

Stock clerks and order fillers

15,690 1.1 13.05 27,140

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

330 0.6 15.04 31,280

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

3,290 0.8 27.50 57,200

Legal secretaries

1,270 1.0 16.90 35,140

Medical secretaries

8,390 2.1 15.75 32,760

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

13,670 0.9 16.55 34,420

Computer operators

300 1.0 21.19 44,070

Data entry keyers

1,680 1.3 15.22 31,670

Word processors and typists

210 0.5 17.09 35,550

Desktop publishers

50 0.6 20.13 41,860

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

3,640 1.9 19.33 40,200

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

360 0.6 14.09 29,300

Office clerks, general

27,960 1.3 17.01 35,370

Office machine operators, except computer

320 0.8 14.63 30,430

Statistical assistants

(5) (5) 21.28 44,270

Office and administrative support workers, all other

570 0.4 21.86 45,460

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_41700.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.

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, April 13, 2018