The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 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.

Latest Release:

  • The May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on March 30th, 2016 and are available at The May 2015 area level estimates are the first OES estimates to use the 2010 metropolitan statistical area definitions.

OES News Release

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//OCWAGE ECDSA Test 09132017// The 10 largest occupations accounted for more than 20 percent of total U.S. employment in May 2010. All of these occupations except registered nurses had wages below the U.S. all-occupations mean of $21.35 per hour or $44,410 annually.


OES Data

May 2015 data

All OES Data, 1988-2015


OES Charts

OES Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for 2014. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing location quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the U.S. average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.


OES Maps

OES Mapping Tool

Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation's employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.


OES Publications

Purchasing Power

Purchasing power: using wage statistics with regional price parities to create a standard for comparing wages across U.S. areas

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program has long produced actual wages by occupation that allow data users to compare wages across geographic regions. For the purpose of this article, the OES program has produced price-adjusted wages, which incorporate the costs of goods and services in an area to produce a figure that more accurately represents the real value of earnings for cross-area comparisons. This article explores how measures of price-adjusted wages and employment concentration are used to compare employment across areas.

All OES publications


OES Databases


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Tables Text Files
NEW Employment and Wages from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey
    Data Finder for OES One Screen Data Search for OES   Tables for OES Text Files for OES


  • The One-Screen Data Search is a JavaScript-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2015 OES data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OES tables page, which contains links to all OES tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS FTP server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.


OES Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us


For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, contact an OES staff member at:

  • Email: Contact us
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001