The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is conducted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Research and Analysis Bureau of the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) conducts the semi-annual OES survey for Nevada. The collected information includes occupation and wage data for Nevada, the state’s three metropolitan statistical areas (Las Vegas-Paradise, Reno-Sparks and Carson City), a state-defined region (West Central Counties), and the Balance of State (BOS) area. In addition to the area information, data is available by industry.
In Nevada, approximately 1,700 establishments are surveyed on a semi-annual basis, giving the state a total sample of about 3,400 establishments annually. The data provided here is only possible due to the cooperation of thousands of Nevada employers who responded to the OES Wage data request. The level of data detail that the OES program can provide is directly related to the degree of participation received from the business community. Wage data are published for specific areas and/or industries only if there are enough responses to ensure both the reliability of the data and the confidentiality of the respondents.
Key Uses of OES Wage Survey Data:
Nevada's businesses, job seekers, educators, students and policy-makers use the wage and occupational information collected from the OES survey extensively. The data provide valuable input for identifying trends in emerging or declining occupations. Educators and policy-makers use this occupational information to target training resources and establish curriculum that meets the needs of Nevada's businesses and industries. Wage comparisons between areas are useful for new companies in selecting a location and for established companies looking to relocate. In addition, job seekers and students consult these data when choosing or changing careers, entering the job market, or relocating to another area.
Wage and Employment Data:
Wages in these reports are generally presented in terms of hourly rates. Converting wages
from hourly to yearly (or vice versa) is based on 2,080 hours per year (40 hours a week times 52 weeks a year) however, in cases where an employee does not work 40 hours per week, the annual rate would not represent the actual amount earned. There are several exceptions where only annual wages or only hourly wages are presented; this is the case for occupations that do not normally work 2,080 hours per year. Examples include many teaching occupations as well as musicians, producers/directors, pilots, and flight attendants. These occupations will be displayed as either an annual or an hourly rate based on the most common method that individuals in the occupation are compensated.
The mean wage is the estimated total wages in an occupation divided by its estimated employment. The 10th percentile wage estimate is the wage where 10% reported in the occupation made less and 90% made more. Similarly, the 50th percentile or median wage equals the estimated midpoint of all reported wages for the occupation; half made less and half made more. Other reported percentiles include the 25th, 75th and 90th.
“N/A” in the wage or employment field indicates that data is not available or released due to quality or confidentiality issues, or, in the case of percentile wage, because the wage was higher than the publishable upper bound of the wage range of >$90.00 hourly or $187,200 annually.
Estimated Employment (Est'd Empl) is not the reported employment upon which the corresponding occupational wage is based, but rather represents an estimate of the number of employees in that occupation in the specific geographic area or specific industry group being displayed. Employment totals are estimated from the average of the November 2011 and May 2012 employment levels taken from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wage (QCEW) program.
The current data are from the May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009 survey panels. The OES survey methodology of combining six panels of data significantly reduces sampling errors, particularly for small geographic areas and occupations. The OES program uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Employment Cost Index (ECI) to adjust the wage data collected in prior panels before combining them with the current panel's (May 2012) data. This wage updating procedure adjusts each detailed occupation's wage rate, as measured in the earlier panel, according to the average movement of its broader occupational division.
The stringent requirements of the OES survey, in terms of using a statistically valid sample and methodology, combined with consistent survey forms and definitions, have resulted in quality wage data for over 800 occupations that are comparable across all states and metropolitan areas. National Wages and Other States Wage Data
Nevada Publication Note: In instances where county-level data is available, note that these estimates are not part of the official Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) series and as such, are not validated by BLS.