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Occupational Employment and Wages in Reno — May 2016

Workers in the Reno Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.74 in May 2016, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 13 of the 22 major occupational groups, including computer and mathematical; management; and life, physical, and social science. Four groups had significantly higher wages than their respective national averages, including  healthcare practitioners and technical; and healthcare support.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including transportation and material moving; construction and extraction; and office and administrative support. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; business and financial operations; and computer and mathematical. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $23.86 $21.74* -9


5.1 5.3* 56.74 49.27* -13

Business and financial operations

5.2 3.8* 36.09 32.16* -11

Computer and mathematical

3.0 1.6* 42.25 34.28* -19

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.2* 40.53 35.88* -11

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 1.4* 35.06 29.58* -16

Community and social service

1.4 1.1* 22.69 24.71* 9


0.8 0.5* 50.95 56.09 10

Education, training, and library

6.2 5.6* 26.21 24.23 -8

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.4 28.07 23.38* -17

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 5.0* 38.06 42.57* 12

Healthcare support

2.9 2.0* 14.65 15.86* 8

Protective service

2.4 1.9* 22.03 20.95 -5

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 10.3* 11.47 10.99* -4

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 4.1* 13.47 12.08* -10

Personal care and service

3.2 4.1* 12.74 12.09* -5

Sales and related

10.4 10.6 19.50 18.19* -7

Office and administrative support

15.7 17.0* 17.91 17.68 -1

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.37 14.63* 9

Construction and extraction

4.0 5.4* 23.51 22.83 -3

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.8 22.45 21.65* -4


6.5 5.0* 17.88 16.27* -9

Transportation and material moving

6.9 8.7* 17.34 16.67* -4

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Reno Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* 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—transportation and material moving—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Reno had 18,580 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 8.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.9-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.67, significantly below the national wage of $17.34.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the transportation and material moving group included laborers and freight, stock, and material movers by hand (7,510), heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (3,710), and light truck or delivery services drivers (1,700). Among the higher paying jobs were transportation inspectors and first-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators, with mean hourly wages of $31.55 and $26.67, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were parking lot attendants ($9.36) and packers and packagers by hand ($10.53). (Detailed occupational data for transportation and material moving 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 Reno Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the transportation and material moving group. For instance, laborers and freight, stock, and material movers by hand were employed at 1.9 times the national rate in Reno, and first-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers by hand, at 1.7 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, industrial truck and tractor operators had a location quotient of 1.0 in Reno, indicating that this particular 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 Nevada Department of Employment.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

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

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 Reno Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,259 establishments with a response rate of 70 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

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 and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at

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 Reno, Nev. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Storey and Washoe Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at

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, Reno Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Transportation and material moving occupations

18,580 1.3 $16.67 $34,680

First-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand

480 1.7 24.33 50,610

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

290 0.9 26.67 55,480

Bus drivers, school or special client

60 0.1 13.43 27,930

Driver/sales workers

560 0.9 14.27 29,680

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

3,710 1.4 23.67 49,240

Light truck or delivery services drivers

1,700 1.3 16.96 35,280

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

410 1.5 10.98 22,840

Motor vehicle operators, all other

80 0.9 13.31 27,680

Parking lot attendants

250 1.2 9.36 19,460

Automotive and watercraft service attendants

150 0.9 12.83 26,690

Transportation inspectors

60 1.5 31.55 65,620

Transportation workers, all other

140 2.4 26.00 54,070

Conveyor operators and tenders

140 3.3 16.49 34,310

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

60 0.9 25.08 52,160

Industrial truck and tractor operators

790 1.0 15.99 33,260

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

440 0.8 12.34 25,670

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

7,510 1.9 13.79 28,690

Packers and packagers, hand

1,280 1.2 10.53 21,890

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

(5) (5) 21.57 44,870

Material moving workers, all other

90 2.5 18.61 38,700

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Reno Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(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) Estimate not released.


Last Modified Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017