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Friday, June 30, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Logan — May 2016

Workers in the Logan Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $18.99 in May 2016, about 20 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 lower than their respective national averages in 19 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management; legal; and computer and mathematical. One group had significantly higher wages than their respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including production; education, training, and library; and office and administrative support. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations; food preparation and serving related; and transportation and material moving. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

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

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $23.86 $18.99* -20


5.1 5.7* 56.74 37.27* -34

Business and financial operations

5.2 2.8* 36.09 28.28* -22

Computer and mathematical

3.0 2.4* 42.25 29.11* -31

Architecture and engineering

1.8 2.2* 40.53 28.30* -30

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 1.3* 35.06 26.62* -24

Community and social service

1.4 1.6 22.69 18.54* -18


0.8 0.4* 50.95 31.50* -38

Education, training, and library

6.2 8.7* 26.21 26.51 1

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.2 28.07 20.29* -28

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 4.4* 38.06 32.57* -14

Healthcare support

2.9 2.8 14.65 12.89* -12

Protective service

2.4 1.1* 22.03 17.29* -22

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 7.6* 11.47 9.92* -14

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.7* 13.47 12.19* -10

Personal care and service

3.2 2.7* 12.74 11.42* -10

Sales and related

10.4 9.5* 19.50 14.45* -26

Office and administrative support

15.7 17.1* 17.91 14.15* -21

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.2* 13.37 17.25* 29

Construction and extraction

4.0 4.2 23.51 16.84* -28

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.0 22.45 18.26* -19


6.5 12.2* 17.88 15.89* -11

Transportation and material moving

6.9 5.3* 17.34 16.49 -5

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Logan 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. Logan had 9,230 jobs in office and administrative support occupations, accounting for 17.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 15.7-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $14.15, significantly below the national wage of $17.91.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the office and administrative support group included secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (1,540), customer service representatives (1,350), and general office clerks (820). Among the higher paying jobs were postal service mail carriers and executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, with mean hourly wages of $23.38 and $22.50, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($9.46) and stock clerks and order fillers ($10.94). (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 Logan Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in several of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, bill and account collectors were employed at 6.3 times the national rate in Logan, and switchboard operators, including answering service, at 4.3 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Logan, 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 Utah Department of Workforce Services.


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 Logan Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,065 establishments with a response rate of 81 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 Logan, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Cache County, UT and Franklin County, ID.

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, Logan Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Office and administrative support occupations

9,230 1.1 $14.15 $29,440

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

530 1.0 21.64 45,010

Switchboard operators, including answering service

150 4.3 13.20 27,460

Bill and account collectors

720 6.3 11.94 24,840

Billing and posting clerks

330 1.8 13.00 27,040

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

650 1.1 17.78 36,990

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

30 0.5 17.88 37,190

Procurement clerks

40 1.4 17.40 36,190


210 1.1 12.33 25,650

Court, municipal, and license clerks

50 0.9 15.66 32,580

Customer service representatives

1,350 1.3 12.28 25,550

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

70 0.7 9.46 19,670

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

(5) (5) 10.53 21,910

Library assistants, clerical

100 2.6 12.51 26,010

Loan interviewers and clerks

60 0.8 14.26 29,650

Order clerks

60 0.9 12.99 27,030

Receptionists and information clerks

350 0.9 11.62 24,180

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

30 0.4 17.25 35,870

Postal service clerks

50 1.5 22.27 46,330

Postal service mail carriers

100 0.8 23.38 48,630

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

160 1.3 17.31 36,000

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

310 1.2 14.20 29,530

Stock clerks and order fillers

600 0.8 10.94 22,750

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

120 0.5 22.50 46,800

Medical secretaries

110 0.5 13.36 27,790

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

1,540 1.8 13.96 29,050

Data entry keyers

90 1.1 12.12 25,220

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

40 1.2 13.60 28,300

Office clerks, general

820 0.7 13.96 29,030

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Logan 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: Friday, June 30, 2017