Occupational Employment and Wages
Staffing Pattern Data by Area and Industry
The Massachusetts Department of Economic Research has produced occupational employment and wage industry staffing pattern data for the Commonwealth and for the 16 Workforce Development Areas (WDA's). The May 2020 data are available. Though these estimates were produced using the BLS methodology, they are not official BLS estimates.
To obtain occupational industry staffing pattern data, please select the area and the 2, or 3-digit industry from the drop-down menus below. The published data, in Excel format, includes the occupation's employment data as well as the hourly and annual mean, median, entry and experienced wages.
With the May 2019 estimates, the OEWS program began implementing the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. OEWS estimates are calculated from six panels of survey data collected over three years. Because the May 2020 estimates are based on a combination of survey data collected using the 2010 SOC and survey data collected using the 2018 SOC, these estimates use a hybrid of the two classification systems that contains some combinations of occupations that are not found in either the 2010 or 2018 SOC. These combinations may include occupations from more than one 2018 SOC minor group or broad occupation. Therefore, OEWS will not publish data for some 2018 SOC minor groups and broad occupations in the May 2020 estimates. The May 2021 estimates, to be published in Spring 2022, will be the first OEWS estimates based entirely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC.
In addition, the OEWS program has replaced some 2018 SOC detailed occupations with SOC broad occupations or OEWS-specific aggregations. These include home health aides and personal care aides, for which OEWS will publish only the 2018 SOC broad occupation 31-1120 Home Health and Personal Care Aides.
The May 2020 estimates do not fully reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Estimates for a given reference period are based on a sample of business establishments collected in six semiannual panels for three consecutive years. Each year, two new semiannual survey panels are added, and the two oldest panels are dropped. Older panel wage data are aged to reflect the reference date of the estimates, and employment data are benchmarked to reflect known employment for the average of the two most recent panels. Using six data panels to produce each set of estimates allows data to be produced at very detailed levels of occupation, geography, and industry, but also means that sudden changes in staffing patterns or wages are reflected in the OEWS estimates only gradually.The May 2020 employment and wage estimates were calculated using data collected in the May 2020, November 2019, May 2019, November 2018, May 2018, and November 2017 semiannual panels. Because five of the six survey panels used to produce the estimates date from before the COVID-19 pandemic, only the most recent (May 2020) survey panel would reflect changes in occupational proportions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For additional information about the effect of the pandemic on OEWS estimates:
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Select the Area TypeChoose an area type from the list. If 'State' is chosen, the next box will be defaulted to 'Massachusetts'.
Select the Specific Geographic AreaSelect the Specific Geographic Area.
Select the IndustryTo get all Industries for a given area select "Total All Industries".
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