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Help: Current Wages
This section contains three current wage reports. Each report can be viewed as a table, chart or map.
Wage data provided for occupations is given in an hourly wage rate and a yearly salary amount. Occupation wage data in the table is provided at the following percentiles: 10, 25, 50, 75, and 90. The dollar value given at a percentile shows a wage distribution for that occupation. These data can be interpreted as follows:
- At the 10th percentile, ten percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 90 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.
- At the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.
- At the 50 percentile (also referred to as the median), 50 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 50 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.
- At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.
- At the 90th percentile, 90 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 10 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.
Wage estimates include base rate, cost-of-living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (e.g. commissions and production bonuses), and on-call pay. Wage estimates do not include back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, nonproduction bonuses, and tuition reimbursements.
Data are provided for the U.S., states and regions. To view wage data for a specific region enter a zip code or city and state. To view the data for all regions within a state enter a state name. To view data for all U.S. states select “View National Data.” Yearly wage data applies only to workers with full-time, year-round schedules. For salary information for part-time or part-year workers, use hourly wage data.
Select “View Chart” to view a yearly wage chart for the selected occupation and geographic area. Note, chart data are displayed for three wage levels:
- "High" indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
- "Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
- "Low" indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
- "N/A" indicates the data is not available.
Select “View Hourly Wages” to view an hourly wage chart.
Select “View Map” to view a state and regional wage map. Wages are included for all Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Employment Statistics (OES) regions. These include metropolitan area and non-metropolitan area regions. Mouse over a region to view the name of the region and wage values. Wage values on maps reflect median wages for the selected occupation. Select “View Hourly Wages” to view a regional map of hourly wage information. Select “View National Map” to view a U.S. map with state wage information. Mouse over a state to view its name and median wage information.
Wage data are collected by each state through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the U.S. Department of Labor. National wage estimates are developed by BLS. State and national occupation information is classified using the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system. Wage data are updated on CareerOneStop annually. For more detailed information about the program or the survey refer to the OES website.