Friday, October 01, 2010


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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Ranking of Full-time Civilian Occupations by Hourly and Annual Earnings, July 2009 [29 September 2010]



The ranking of detailed occupations by annual and hourly earnings often shows considerable positional differences when scheduled annual hours are taken into account.


In June 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published hourly, weekly, and annual earnings estimates from the National Compensation Survey (NCS) for 591 detailed occupations with a reference month of July 2009.1 The average (mean) hourly earnings for all full-time civilian workers were $22.36; the weekly and annual averages were $884 and $44,901, respectively. The NCS also provided average weekly and annual hours data for each of the 591 occupations meeting publication criteria, or about 72 percent of the 821 detailed occupations found in the Standard Occupational Classification Manual 2000, which is the classification system used by the NCS.2


The NCS program collects data in a sample of metropolitan and micropolitan areas defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and in a separate sample of counties located outside those defined areas. The NCS national estimates comprised 227 areas in 2009. The survey is designed so that each metropolitan, micropolitan, or nonmetropolitan area sampled is representative of itself and any other areas that may be in its sampling cell, and the sample estimates from all areas combined are representative of the civilian workforce of the United States. Agricultural, private household, and Federal Government workers are not included in the National Compensation Survey.3 As a sample survey, the NCS is subject to sampling and nonsampling error. Therefore, the rank of any occupation discussed in this article is an approximate rather than an exact ranking. The NCS classifies employees as working either a full-time or part-time schedule based on the definition used by each establishment.


This article presents an analysis of average earnings of full-time civilian workers for whom detailed occupational estimates were available, and demonstrates how the number of scheduled work hours can affect an occupation’s rank, depending on whether the rankings are for hourly or annual earnings. For example, in 2009, full-time general pediatricians had an average annual work schedule of 2,240 hours, compared with the 2,008 average annual scheduled work hours for all full-time workers. General pediatricians earned an average of $56.67 per hour--placing them 18th on the hourly scale; when the hourly rate is multiplied by their 2,240 scheduled annual hours, they placed 9th on the annual scale.


Includes TABLES....




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