The hourly earnings for occupations. Occupations have hourly earnings for five percentiles (10th, 25th, 50th [median], 75th, and 90th) as well as the average. For example, 10th percentile earnings of $12/hr indicate that 90% of the workers in that occupation make MORE than $12/hr. Median earnings of $15/hr would mean that half of workers in that occupation make more, and half make less. 10th percentile earnings are often used as a proxy for entry level wages, as they represent the lowest earnings in the occupation.
Some occupations in our source data have only annual earnings published rather than hourly; for these we still show hourly earnings by dividing the annual figure by 2,080 hours. Conversely, to calculate an annual salary for an hourly rate, multiply by 2,080.
Occupation earnings do not include benefits, but do include the following:
- Base rate
- Cost of living allowances
- Guaranteed pay
- Hazardous-duty pay
- Incentive pay, including commissions and bonuses
- On-call pay
See also: Average Industry Earnings
Source: Emsi’s proprietary employment data, relying heavily on occupational earnings reported in OES.