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The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. Self-employed persons are not included in the estimates. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

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May 2007 Estimates



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  • Upcoming Reduction in Sample Size of Occupational Employment Statistics Survey
  • Due to budget constraints, Occupational Employment Statistics has reduced the sample size of the May 2008 panel by 20 percent. Because OES estimates are produced from three years of pooled data, this one-time sample reduction will affect estimates for May 2008, May 2009, and May 2010. This reduction is expected to decrease the number of published employment estimates by at least five percent, or about 25,000 estimates, and will decrease the accuracy of the remaining estimates. The number and quality of wage estimates are also expected to decline. These cutbacks are being implemented in response to a reduction in funding to the BLS that resulted from The 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act enacted on December 26, 2007.

  • With the issuance of data for May 2005, the OES program has incorporated redefined metropolitan areas as designated by the Office of Management and Budget. OES data are available for 375 metropolitan statistical areas and 34 metropolitan divisions.
  • Change in Occupational Employment Statistics Publication Schedule
    Due to budget constraints in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, beginning with the release of the May 2005 estimates in the Spring of 2006, OES will return to once a year publication. Estimates for November 2005 will not be published.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics is able to produce the occupational employment and wage estimates displayed on this website because of the timely co-operation of employers throughout the United States. If your workplace received an Occupational Employment Statistics survey form please complete it and return it to the State employment security agency that sent it to you. If you have returned a completed survey form, Thank you!
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  • NEW Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005 -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; May 2007; Bulletin 2585
  • "Establishment wage differentials," (PDF 197K) by Julia I. Lane, Laurie A. Salmon, and James R. Spletzer, Monthly Labor Review, April 2007, pp. 3-17.
  • Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004 -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; September 2005; Bulletin 2575
  • Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003 -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; September 2004; Bulletin 2567
  • Occupational Employment and Wages, 2001 -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; June 2003; Bulletin 2559
  • Occupational Employment and Wages, 2000 -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; April 2002; Bulletin 2549.

  • Occupational Employment and Wages, 1999 -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; September 2001; Bulletin 2545.
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     Latest Numbers
    May 2007 National Cross-Industry estimates of Employment and Mean Annual Wage for SOC Major Occupational Groups:


    emp: 6,003,930; wage: $96,150

    Business and Financial Operations:

    emp: 6,015,500; wage: $62,410

    Computer and Mathematical:

    emp: 3,191,360; wage: $72,190

    Architecture and Engineering:

    emp: 2,486,020 ; wage: $68,880

    Life, Physical, and Social Science:

    emp: 1,255,670; wage: $62,020

    Community and Social Services:

    emp: 1,793,040 ; wage: $40,540


    emp: 998,590; wage: $88,450

    Education, Training, and Library:

    emp: 8,316,360; wage: $46,610

    Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media:

    emp: 1,761,270; wage: $48,410

    Healthcare Practitioners and Technical:

    emp: 6,877,680 ; wage: $65,020

    Healthcare Support:

    emp: 3,625,240; wage: $25,600

    Protective Service:

    emp: 3,087,650; wage: $38,750

    Food Preparation and Serving:

    emp: 11,273,850; wage: $19,440

    Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance:

    emp: 4,403,900; wage: $23,560

    Personal Care and Service:

    emp: 3,339,510; wage: $23,980

    Sales and Related:

    emp: 14,332,020; wage: $35,240

    Office and Administrative Support:

    emp: 23,270,810 ; wage: $31,200

    Farming, Fishing, and Forestry:

    emp: 448,000; wage: $22,640

    Construction and Extraction:

    emp: 6,708,200; wage: $40,620

    Installation, Maintenance, and Repair:

    emp: 5,390,090 ; wage: $39,930


    emp: 10,146,560; wage: $31,310

    Transportation and Material Moving:

    emp: 9,629,030 ; wage: $30,680

    » emp- Employment
    » wage- Mean Annual Wage

     People Are Asking...

    1. How does the OES program produce these estimates?

    2. How are "employees" and "wages" defined?

    3. Does the OES program have State and Metropolitan Area estimates?

    4. Does the OES program have demographic data?

    5. What about estimates for self-employed persons?

    6. Are industry-specific estimates available for States?

    7. Can OES data be used to compare changes in employment or wages over time?

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