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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Jefferson City — May 2016

Workers in the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $19.33 in May 2016, about 19 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly lower than their respective national averages in 17 of the 22 major occupational groups, including legal; management; and computer and mathematical.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 9 of the 22 occupational groups, including office and administrative support; protective service; and business and financial operations. Conversely, eight groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including sales and related; education, training, and library; and food preparation and serving related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2016
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Jefferson City United States Jefferson City Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $23.86 $19.33* -19


5.1 5.3 56.74 38.68* -32

Business and financial operations

5.2 6.4* 36.09 26.10* -28

Computer and mathematical

3.0 3.6* 42.25 26.97* -36

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.5* 40.53 33.23* -18

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.9* 35.06 25.49* -27

Community and social service

1.4 2.2* 22.69 18.66* -18


0.8 1.2* 50.95 27.34* -46

Education, training, and library

6.2 4.3* 26.21 19.97* -24

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.3 28.07 21.92* -22

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 5.5 38.06 28.44* -25

Healthcare support

2.9 3.9* 14.65 13.92 -5

Protective service

2.4 3.8* 22.03 18.10* -18

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 7.5* 11.47 10.09* -12

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.8* 13.47 11.19* -17

Personal care and service

3.2 2.7* 12.74 12.17 -4

Sales and related

10.4 7.6* 19.50 14.85* -24

Office and administrative support

15.7 18.9* 17.91 15.55* -13

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.37 16.84* 26

Construction and extraction

4.0 3.9 23.51 21.93* -7

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.6* 22.45 21.25 -5


6.5 6.9 17.88 17.36 -3

Transportation and material moving

6.9 5.3* 17.34 14.08* -19

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—office and administrative support—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Jefferson City had 13,600 jobs in office and administrative support occupations, accounting for 18.9 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 15.7-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.55, significantly below the national wage of $17.91.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included general office clerks (2,570), secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (2,500), and customer service representatives (1,400). Among the higher paying jobs were postal service mail carriers and first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, with mean hourly wages of $23.68 and $23.02, respectively. Occupations at the lower end of the wage scale included stock clerks and order fillers ($12.02) and tellers ($12.09). (Detailed occupational data for office and administrative support are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to .)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in several of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, court, municipal, and license clerks were employed at 4.4 times the national rate in Jefferson City, and secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, at 2.1 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in Jefferson City, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Missouri Department of Economic Development.


A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2016 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, and November 2013. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 73 percent based on establishments and 69 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,017 establishments with a response rate of 65 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

The May 2016 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Jefferson City, Mo. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Callaway, Cole, Moniteau and Osage Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request . Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

13,600 1.2 $15.55 $32,340

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

590 0.8 23.02 47,890

Bill and account collectors

110 0.8 15.14 31,480

Billing and posting clerks

160 0.6 16.61 34,540

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

810 1.0 15.33 31,890

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

60 0.7 19.66 40,890

Procurement clerks

50 1.4 18.28 38,030


290 1.1 12.09 25,140

Court, municipal, and license clerks

290 4.4 14.16 29,450

Customer service representatives

1,400 1.0 15.11 31,420

File clerks

110 1.7 (5) (5)

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

(5) (5) 12.46 25,920

Library assistants, clerical

(5) (5) 10.72 22,290

Loan interviewers and clerks

230 2.0 14.87 30,940

New accounts clerks

70 3.3 13.80 28,700

Order clerks

40 0.5 16.12 33,530

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

140 2.0 17.78 36,990

Receptionists and information clerks

380 0.8 12.49 25,990

Information and record clerks, all other

(5) (5) 16.11 33,510

Couriers and messengers

60 1.5 12.22 25,420

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

110 2.2 15.40 32,030

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

50 0.5 20.89 43,450

Postal service clerks

50 1.2 21.75 45,250

Postal service mail carriers

160 1.0 23.68 49,250

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

90 0.5 22.70 47,210

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

250 0.7 (5) (5)

Stock clerks and order fillers

780 0.8 12.02 25,010

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

(5) (5) 12.82 26,670

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

550 1.7 21.42 44,560

Legal secretaries

130 1.3 19.80 41,180

Medical secretaries

200 0.7 16.10 33,490

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

2,500 2.1 15.41 32,050

Computer operators

60 2.7 11.41 23,740

Data entry keyers

70 0.7 13.71 28,510

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

110 0.8 15.00 31,190

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

90 2.0 13.29 27,640

Office clerks, general

2,570 1.7 14.22 29,580

Office machine operators, except computer

(5) (5) 15.25 31,720

Office and administrative support workers, all other

100 0.9 17.70 36,810

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not released.


Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017