EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION
NEXT UPDATE: April 2022 [2021 data]
PROGRAM NAME CHANGE NOTICE:
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program has changed its name to Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) to better reflect the range of data available from the program. Data released on or after April 7, 2021 will reflect the new program name. Data collection materials, including forms, emails, and letters, will be updated for employers in the May 2021 survey panel. Webpages, publications, and other materials associated with previous data releases will retain the Occupational Employment Statistics name.
With the release of the 2019 estimates, the OEWS program began implementing a two-year transition to the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Because the 2019 and 2020 estimates are based on a combination of survey data collected using the 2010 SOC and survey data collected using the 2018 SOC, these estimates use a hybrid of the two classification systems that contains some combinations of occupations that are not found in either the 2010 or 2018 SOC. This is the second and final year that the hybrid occupational structure will be used. The 2021 estimates, to be published in April 2022, will be the first OEWS estimates based entirely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. For more information about 2018 SOC, visit the Standard Occupational Classification webpage.
Employment and wages by occupation are the result of the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program, which conducts a semiannual survey of wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in order to produce employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the state as a whole and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Employment and wages by occupation can be used to analyze occupational wage rates across markets, develop staffing patterns and occupation projections, and plan for careers.