Ohio Labor Market Information

Occupational Wages & Employment
from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics estimates, updated* to March 2018, are based on Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). Data are available for Ohio, its Metropolitan Statistical Areas, nonmetropolitan areas, and JobsOhio Network Regions

Report Type 1: Wages for multiple occupations in one area:
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Report Type 2: Wages for one occupation for multiple areas:

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About Occupational Wage Estimates

Data Source

Base data are obtained from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a semi-annual voluntary mail survey of approximately 15,000 (per year) Ohio employers. Under semi-annual processing, the total sample size is split in half and processed independently.

The occupation wage data presented here reflect the May 2017 survey data, updated* to March 2018. This was done by applying the March 2018 Employment Cost Index (ECI) to the May 2017 database. These estimates are not official Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data series. However, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) feels that they provide valuable information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics survey uses the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system to classify occupational data. The SOC structure and definitions can be found at Bureau of Labor Statistics SOC System.

* Notes on Wage Updating: The occupational wage estimates were developed from the most recent 3 years of the Occupational Employment Statistics sample: half of the 2014 survey, 2015, 2016, and half of 2017. Producing estimates using the 3 years of sample data provides significant sampling error reductions, particularly for small geographic areas and occupations; however, it also requires the adjustment of earlier years' data to the current reference period - a procedure referred to as "wage updating."

Official Occupational Employment Statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are produced for the most recent survey reference period. See the BLS Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for more national and state data and technical notes. For wage updating purposes, the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the national over-the-year fourth quarter wage changes for the relevant years for the occupational divisions for which Employment Cost Index (ECI) estimates are available. Such a procedure assumes that each occupation's wage, as measured in each year, moves according to the average movement of it occupational division and that no major geographic or detailed occupational differences in the percent change exist. This, however, may not be the case.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services used wage updating factors from March 2018 to further update the data to a more current time period. The updated data contained in this report are not official Bureau of Statistics data series, nor have they been validated by BLS.

Level of Detail

Wage data are published for occupations that passed confidentiality screening and reliability tests.


Updated annually.

Geographic Areas

Data are available for Ohio, its Metropolitan Statistical Areas and JobsOhio Network Regions

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