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What does this tool do?

The Salary Finder shows salary information for 800 occupations in locations across the United States. You can:

  • View salary information by region, state, or the nation
  • Create charts to compare salaries in your location to a state or national average

How do I get started?

Get started by entering an occupation and location.

  • Enter an occupation by typing a job name or keyword in the search box, or by clicking “List of occupations” to browse occupation titles.  You can also enter an O*NET code in the search box.
  • Enter a location by typing a city (you must include the state) or state or ZIP code into the search box. If you enter a city or ZIP code, your results will reflect the large regional area that your city or ZIP code is part of.

Once you click “Search” you’ll see a table showing the low, median, and high salaries—both hourly and yearly—for the location you entered, as well as the state and national comparison.

You have options to view this information:

  • Click “View National Data” to see a table of hourly and annual salary information for each state.
  • Click “View chart” to see a chart comparing the salary information for your regional area or state with the national information
  • Click “View map” to see yearly median salaries shown on a map of your state.

What is the difference between High, Median, and Low salary information?

  • "High" reflects the salary that 90% of workers earn less than and 10% earn more than.
  • "Median" reflects the salary that 50% of workers earn less than and 50% earn more than.
  • "Low" reflects the salary that 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more than.

Does the salary information include part-time workers?

Yearly wage data applies only to workers with full-time, year-round schedules. The hourly wage data includes information for part-time and part-year workers.

Why don’t I see information for the city or ZIP code I entered?

This salary data is not available at the ZIP code or city level. It shows information for the nearest regional area to your selection. The regional areas include:

  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): The general concept of Metropolitan Statistical Area is one of a large population nucleus, together with adjacent communities which have a high degree of economic and social integration with that nucleus. These are defined by the Office of Management and Budget as a standard for Federal agencies in the preparation and publication of statistics relating to metropolitan areas.
  • Metropolitan Division (MSD): Metropolitan Division is used to refer to a county or group of counties within a Metropolitan Statistical Area that has a population core of at least 2.5 million. A Metropolitan Division is most generally comparable in concept, and equivalent to, the now obsolete Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area. Metropolitan Divisions are defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as a standard for Federal agencies in the preparation and publication of statistics relating to metropolitan areas.
  • New England City and Town Area (MNECTA): The New England City and Town Area is a statistical area similar to that of a Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a core area comprised of a group of New England cities and towns containing a substantial population nucleus, together with adjacent communities having a high degree of social and economic integration with that core.
  • NECTA Division (NECTA): A city or town or group of cities and towns within a NECTA that contains a core with a population of at least 2.5 million. A NECTA Division consists of a main city or town that represents an employment center, plus adjacent cities and towns associated with the main city or town, or with other cities and towns that are in turn associated with the main city or town, through commuting ties.
  • Balance of State (BOS): The Balance of State area is an area of a state not included in any of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget-defined Metropolitan Statistical Areas or other U.S. Office of Management and Budget-defined areas. For the purpose of the U.S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics Program, individual states can subdivide residual areas into smaller, state-defined Balance of State areas (e.g. BOS 1, BOS 2, etc.).
  • More detailed information about the regional area definitions can be found at the Office of Management and Budget web site.

Why does it say "No data available"?

Salary data are unavailable for some regions, usually due to a small sample size.

What is the source of the salary information?

This salary information is 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. Wage data are updated on CareerOneStop annually.

For information about displaying any of this data on your own website, please visit CareerOneStop's Web Services.

What is included and excluded in CareerOneStop’s salary and wage data?

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.

Yearly wage data applies only to workers with full-time, year-round schedules. The hourly wage data includes information for part-time and part-year workers.

Who can I contact for help?

Please contact the CareerOneStop Service Center at info@careeronestop.org.