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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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The Occupational Employment Wage Statistics (OEWS) 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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Next Release:

  • The May 2020 Occupational Employment Statistics data will be released on March 31, 2021.

OEWS News Release

Healthcare support occupations mean wage is $32,250 in May 2020


Healthcare support occupations had employment of 6.4 million and an annual mean wage of $32,250 in May 2020. Home health and personal care aides (3.2 million) was the largest healthcare support occupation, and occupational therapy assistants ($63,420) was the highest paying.



May 2019 data

All OEWS Data, 1988-2019


OEWS Charts

May 2018 OES Charts

OEWS Chart Tools

Change to: Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for May 2019. 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.


OEWS Videos

A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States



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OEWS 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.


OEWS Publications

Occupational Employment and Wages in Metro and Nonmetro Areas

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The United States is a country of great opportunities. When we think of opportunities, large metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago naturally come to mind. But did you know that some occupations are more concentrated in nonmetropolitan areas, and some of them are well-paid occupations?

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OEWS Databases


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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS)
    Data Finder for OEWS One Screen Data Search for OEWS   Tables for OEWS Text Files for OEWS


  • The One-Screen Data Search is a JavaScript-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2019 OEWS data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OEWS tables page, which contains links to all OEWS tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS Download 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.


OEWS Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us


For help filling out the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Report and IDCF number requests, please contact your state office.

For help using the online data collection system, email

For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics program and OEWS estimates, contact an OEWS staff member:

  • Email: Fill out our contact form
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Wage Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001