Occupational employment statistics (OES)

OES is a program of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This federal-state cooperative program produces employment and wage estimates for 867 occupations. Each year, the OES unit compiles occupational employment and wage estimates for Washington state. These data are displayed statewide, by metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and nonmetropolitan area (NMA). All data are at the cross-industry level. For more data and maps at the national level, see the BLS map tool. 2018 occupation codes (SOC) and definitions can be found here.   U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Glossary

Occupational employment and wage estimates for 2020 are available in PDF and Excel formats. Additional reports are available for download in the report library.

What is the source of the occupation and wage estimates?

The occupational employment and wage estimates are based on data collected from the OES survey. The survey includes employment counts, occupations and wages from 4,182 Washington state employers. Data from six survey panels are combined to create a sample size of 26,474 employers.

How can I use this information?
  • To set wages for employees.
  • To compare wages regionally.
  • To compare wages by occupation.
  • For career planning.

The process for creating the occupation and wage estimates