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Wage Survey for 700 Occupations in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington released

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The Dallas office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today released "Occupational Employment and Wages in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, May 2010." 

This report contains employment and wage information for 22 major occupational groups and 700 detailed jobs in the greater Dallas metropolitan area. You can examine average wages by major occupational group, such as business and financial operations occupations, or review wages for detailed jobs within those groups, including accountants and auditors, management analysts, or credit analysts.

The mean wage for all occupations in the Dallas area was $21.89 per hour in May 2010, above the national average of $21.35.  Local wages for the major groups ranged from $9.51 per hour in food preparation and serving related jobs to $52.28 in management occupations. Legal occupations ranked second in pay at $46.60, followed by computer and mathematical workers at $39.01.

Regional Commissioner Stanley Suchman noted these additional points regarding the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington results:

  • After testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were measurably higher than their respective national averages in 6 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, computer and mathematical, and business and financial operations.
  • Among the higher-paying jobs in the business and financial operations group were agents and managers of artists, performers, and athletes with mean hourly wages of $44.06, and personal financial advisors at $43.22.
  • Local employment was more highly concentrated than the national average in 8 of 22 occupational groups including office and administrative support, sales and related, and business and financial operations. Conversely, local employment shares were significantly below the U.S average in 10 groups, including health care practitioners and technical, as well as healthcare support.
  • Location quotients present the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. 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 Dallas area, above average concentrations of employment were found in a number of the occupations within the business and financial operations group. For instance, both credit analysts and credit counselors were employed at more than 2 times the national rate in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. And occupations related to air transportation also had above average concentrations in the local area, such as flight attendants at 3 times the national rate and avionics technicians at nearly 4 times the national rate. On the other hand, the job of tax examiner, collector, and revenue agent had a location quotient of 0.5 in Dallas, meaning the local employment share in this particular occupation was below the national average.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington publication will be available later today at www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/oes_dfw.htm. To assist you now, a PDF copy of the release is attached, along with an Excel file containing selected information for all occupations published for the area. You may download additional detailed tabular data for Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19100.htm and similar data for the State at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm.  Or the Metroplex can be divided into its two components of Dallas-Plano-Irving and Fort Worth-Arlington, which can be found under “Texas” at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm#T. A national listing of all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas is available at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm. The economic release for the U.S. is located at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf  and the detailed table of occupational wages for the U.S. is located at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm.

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