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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale — May 2017

Workers in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $23.80 in May 2017, about 2 percent below the nationwide average of $24.34, 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 management; life, physical, and social science; and education, training, and library. The food preparation and serving related group had a significantly higher wage than the national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; management; and sales and related. Conversely, eight groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; education, training, and library; 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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2017
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Phoenix United States Phoenix Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $24.34 $23.80* -2

Management

5.1 6.4* 57.65 50.32* -13

Business and financial operations

5.2 5.7* 36.70 33.20* -10

Computer and mathematical

3.0 3.8* 43.18 40.34* -7

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.8 41.44 39.14* -6

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.6* 35.76 31.32* -12

Community and social service

1.5 1.5 23.10 22.10* -4

Legal

0.8 0.7 51.62 49.87 -3

Education, training, and library

6.1 4.7* 26.67 22.60* -15

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.2* 28.34 25.73* -9

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.0 5.8 38.83 40.23 4

Healthcare support

2.9 2.5* 15.05 15.46 3

Protective service

2.4 2.6* 22.69 21.89 -4

Food preparation and serving related

9.3 9.2 11.88 12.32* 4

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.1 3.0* 13.91 13.22* -5

Personal care and service

3.6 3.5 13.11 13.10 0

Sales and related

10.2 11.1* 19.56 18.64* -5

Office and administrative support

15.4 17.4* 18.24 18.23 0

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.2* 13.87 13.25 -4

Construction and extraction

4.0 4.1 24.01 21.50* -10

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.9 23.02 22.14* -4

Production

6.3 4.3* 18.30 17.73* -3

Transportation and material moving

7.0 6.1* 17.82 18.64 5

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 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—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale had 343,990 jobs in office and administrative support, accounting for 17.4 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 15.4-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $18.23, compared to the national wage of $18.24.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included customer service representatives (73,250), general office clerks (33,890), and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (30,630). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $26.39 and $26.38, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($11.99) and clerical library assistants ($13.33). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_38060.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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, loan interviewers and clerks were employed at 2.4 times the national rate in Phoenix, and reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks, at 2.1 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, stock clerks and order fillers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Phoenix, 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 Arizona Department of Administration.

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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area included 7,499 establishments with a response rate of 60 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 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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Maricopa and Pinal Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/west. 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, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2017
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

343,990 1.1 $18.23 $37,920

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

27,570 1.4 26.39 54,890

Switchboard operators, including answering service

800 0.7 13.71 28,510

Bill and account collectors

7,410 2.0 16.93 35,210

Billing and posting clerks

8,810 1.3 18.18 37,820

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

15,890 0.8 19.37 40,290

Gaming cage workers

150 0.7 (5) (5)

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

1,910 0.9 20.70 43,060

Procurement clerks

1,750 1.8 20.58 42,810

Tellers

4,460 0.7 13.75 28,600

Financial clerks, all other

800 1.8 19.80 41,190

Brokerage clerks

1,470 1.8 22.97 47,780

Correspondence clerks

90 1.0 19.90 41,390

Court, municipal, and license clerks

2,490 1.3 17.89 37,210

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

1,020 2.1 19.07 39,670

Customer service representatives

73,250 1.9 16.69 34,710

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

920 0.5 19.66 40,900

File clerks

1,780 1.1 15.66 32,580

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

2,600 0.7 11.99 24,940

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

950 0.4 17.25 35,880

Library assistants, clerical

760 0.6 13.33 27,720

Loan interviewers and clerks

7,680 2.4 19.81 41,200

New accounts clerks

460 0.8 19.76 41,090

Order clerks

2,410 1.0 15.56 32,370

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

1,960 1.1 19.28 40,110

Receptionists and information clerks

13,700 1.0 14.34 29,820

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

4,210 2.1 20.93 43,540

Information and record clerks, all other

4,130 1.8 16.76 34,860

Cargo and freight agents

770 0.6 21.55 44,820

Couriers and messengers

870 0.8 14.65 30,460

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

1,030 0.8 23.27 48,410

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

2,950 1.1 19.71 40,990

Meter readers, utilities

410 0.9 22.89 47,610

Postal service clerks

550 0.5 26.16 54,410

Postal service mail carriers

3,870 0.8 24.33 50,600

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

1,400 0.9 23.85 49,600

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

5,780 1.2 22.71 47,250

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

7,780 0.8 16.04 33,360

Stock clerks and order fillers

28,050 1.0 13.51 28,110

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

950 0.9 14.37 29,900

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

8,230 1.0 26.38 54,870

Legal secretaries

2,130 0.8 23.92 49,760

Medical secretaries

8,980 1.1 17.44 36,270

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

30,630 1.0 17.56 36,520

Computer operators

(5) (5) 23.69 49,270

Data entry keyers

2,750 1.1 15.07 31,340

Word processors and typists

160 0.2 17.98 37,410

Desktop publishers

90 0.6 (5) (5)

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

6,010 1.6 19.79 41,160

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

1,240 1.0 13.57 28,220

Office clerks, general

33,890 0.8 17.50 36,390

Office machine operators, except computer

1,130 1.5 16.56 34,440

Proofreaders and copy markers

190 1.2 20.69 43,040

Statistical assistants

180 1.3 18.33 38,130

Office and administrative support workers, all other

3,320 1.1 19.62 40,820

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_38060.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) Estimate not released.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018