The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes data on the occupation, industry, and geographic area details surveyed in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program data collection.  The May 2019 OES data were released on March 31, 2020.

The ACS is the premier dataset for state and local data

The ACS is the premier dataset for state and local data

An OES audio presentation has been released to provide an overview of what the OES survey offers data customers.

About the OES Survey

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

OES survey data contain interesting information on the occupational composition of the nation's industries, including information on STEM occupations and educational requirements.   Additional data charts and maps, as well as FAQs, are available on the BLS website.


Highlights of 2018 data include:

  • The largest installation, maintenance, and repair occupation was general maintenance and repair workers (1.4 million) and the highest paying installation, maintenance, and repair occupation was powerhouse, substation, and relay electrical and electronics repairers ($81,280).
  • The highest paying occupations typically requiring less than a bachelor's degree for entry included air traffic controllers ($120,140), and transportation, storage, and distribution managers ($103,320).
  • There were over 9.3 million STEM jobs representing 6.4 percent of total U.S. employment. Six of the 10 largest STEM occupations were related to computers and included software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers (1.4 million) and computer user support specialists (647,330).


Watch the YouTube video and Get ready to test your knowledge of occupations in the United States!  

You can review Changes to the Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Data in the May 2018 Estimates.

Please read how BLS Implemented the 2018 SOC in the OES program, which provides more information on the use of occupational coding in the OES data collection.

Changes to the occupational and industry aggregations in the May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics estimates can be found at

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