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Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
The Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates database provides number of people employed and wage estimates for over 700 occupations. The data are collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The OES program conducts a yearly mail survey designed to produce estimates of employment and wages for specific occupations. The OES program collects data on wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in order to produce employment and wage estimates for over 700 occupations. The OES program produces these occupational estimates by geographic area and by industry. Estimates based on geographic areas are available at the National, State, and Metropolitan Area levels. The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces occupational employment and wage estimates for over 400 industry classifications at the national level. The industry classifications correspond to the 2- and 3-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) industrial groups.

The OES program surveys approximately 400,000 establishments per year, taking three years to fully collect the sample of 1.2 million establishments. To reduce respondent burden, the collection is on a three-year survey cycle that ensures that establishments that employ fewer than 250 workers are surveyed at most once every three years. The estimates for occupations in nonfarm establishments are based on OES data collected for the reference months of October, November, or December.

The OES survey is a Federal-State cooperative program between the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs). BLS provides the procedures and technical support, draws the sample, and produces the survey materials, while the SESAs collect the data. SESAs from all fifty States, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands participate in the survey. Occupational employment and wage rate estimates at the national level are produced by BLS-Washington using data from the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
The OES survey covers all full-time and part-time wage and salary workers in nonfarm industries. Surveys collect data for the payroll period including the 12th day of October, November, or December, depending upon the industry surveyed. The survey does not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers.
The OES program surveys establishments in Agricultural Services, Mining; Construction; Manufacturing; Transportation, Communication, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate; Services; and Government. In 1996, the OES program began surveying all covered industries every year. Prior to 1996, the OES program surveyed industries on a three-year cycle; a given industry was surveyed once every three years.
For latest data go to: Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
First Year1998
Last Year2001
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