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.

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Data Source

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.

Occupational Employment 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.

Frequency

Updated annually.

Geographic Areas

Data are available for Ohio, its Metropolitan Statistical Areas and JobsOhio Network Regions

Additional Occupational Data