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National Compensation Survey - Wages
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OCS Databases

Archived Databases

Beginning with NCS data published after September 2006, occupations were classified using SOC and industries using NAICS. NCS data prior to the conversion to SOC and NAICS were classified using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and the Census of Population. Data are available from 1997 through 2006.

The NCS data queries can only extract wage data for civilian, full-time workers. Separate estimates for private industry, state and local government, all workers, and part-time workers are not available through the query system. Complete data for reference dates of December 2006 through December 2010 are also available in flat text files. Complete NCS data from archived bulletins can be obtained at

Database Name Special
Tables Text Files
National Compensation Survey 2006-2010 (NAICS & SOC)
      Multi Screen Data Search icon Tables icon Text Files icon
National Compensation Survey 1997-2006 (SIC & Census of Population)
    One Screen Data Search icon Multi Screen Data Search icon Tables icon Text Files icon


More Tools

  • Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Flat files FTP Site —For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
  • Wages Search--allows you to search through all National Compensation Survey - Occupational Wage publications and tables that are currently available electronically.