Occupational employment and wage statistics (OEWS)

OEWS 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 annually for nearly 800 occupations. Each year, the OEWS 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.

The source of the occupation and wage estimates and technical notes:

The occupational employment and wage estimates are based on data collected from the OEWS 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.

In the spring of 2021, the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program will begin using the name Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) to better reflect the range of data available from the program. Data released on or after March 31, 2021 will reflect the new program name. Data collection materials, including forms, emails, and letters, will be updated for employers in the May 2021 survey panel. Webpages, publications, and other materials associated with previous data releases will retain the Occupational Employment Statistics name.

With the May 2021 estimates, to be released in spring 2022, the OEWS program will use a new estimation methodology. The new model-based estimation methodology, called MB3, has advantages over the existing methodology, as described in the Monthly Labor Review article "Model-Based Estimates for the Occupational Employment Statistics program." Estimates for the years 2015-2018 were re-calculated using the new estimation methodology and are available as research estimates.

The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program

Implementing the 2018 SOC in the OES program - May 2019 and May 2020 Hybrid Occupations

Changes to the OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Data in the May 2018 Estimates

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