Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for nearly 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.
- Using our new Data Search Tool, customers can view and download current and historical data for Ohio and twelve metropolitan areas.
Base data are obtained from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
survey, a semi-annual voluntary mail survey of approximately 15,000 (per year)
Ohio employers. Under semi-annual processing, the total sample size is split
in half and processed independently.
The occupation wage data presented here reflect the May 2019 survey data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment Statistics survey uses the Standard Occupational Classification
(SOC) system to classify
occupational data. The SOC structure and definitions can be found at
Bureau of Labor Statistics SOC System.
* Notes on Wages:
The occupational wage estimates were developed from the most recent 3 years
of the Occupational Employment Statistics sample: half of the 2016 survey,
2017, 2018, and half of 2019. Producing estimates using the 3 years of sample
data provides significant sampling error reductions, particularly for small
geographic areas and occupations.
Statistics from the United States
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
are produced for the most recent survey reference period. See the BLS
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
search tool for more national and state data. For wage updating purposes,
the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the national over-the-year fourth quarter
wage changes for the relevant years for the occupational divisions for which
Employment Cost Index
(ECI) estimates are available. Such a procedure assumes that each occupation's
wage, as measured in each year, moves according to the average movement of
it occupational division and that no major geographic or detailed occupational
differences in the percent change exist. This, however, may not be the case.
Level of Detail
Wage data are published for occupations that passed confidentiality screening
and reliability tests.
Data are available for Ohio, its Metropolitan
Statistical Areas and JobsOhio Network Regions
Additional Occupational Data