Occupational Employment and Wages

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program is a Federal-State cooperative effort that produces employment and wage estimates for about 800 different occupations. In Missouri, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Economic Development/Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
OES Wage Search Engine - New Update
(2018 Data including Workforce Regions)

2018 Occupational Employment & Wages Highlights - New
2018 Wage Data

(Excel File)
MERIC conducts a semiannual survey of businesses; survey responses are used to produce employment and wage estimates for Missouri, nine different metropolitan statistical areas (MSA’s) within Missouri, and four geographic regions that include all Missouri counties not in MSA’s.

2018 estimates of employment and wages for occupations in all these areas can be downloaded in a single Excel file that also contains explanatory material, here: Excel File

In order to better meet the needs of our local users, MERIC also produces employment and wage estimates for Missouri’s 10 Workforce Development Areas (WDA’s). “Entry” and “Experienced” wage estimates are included in these data. These WDA estimates are produced independently of BLS but incorporate data from OES and are generated using BLS-approved methodology.

These estimates are produced following the availability of the BLS OES estimates described above.

Due to confidentiality and quality criteria, MERIC cannot produce estimates for every occupation in every geographic area.

For more information about the OES program and data, see http://www.bls.gov/OES/

For more information on OES survey methodology, see http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/methods_statement.pdf

For occupational profiles, including descriptions for occupational titles, see http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm



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