The mean wage for all occupations in San Antonio was $22.21 per hour in May 2017, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $24.34. (See table A.) Among the lower-paying major occupational groups in the local area were personal care and service jobs, with mean hourly wages of $10.95, while management occupations were among the highest-paying at $57.31 per hour. Users can examine wages or employment by major group, such as office and administrative support jobs, which averaged $17.29 per hour locally and accounted for 17.7 percent of local employment, significantly higher than the 15.4-percent national share.
Or users can review detailed jobs within the major group, such as hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($10.68 per hour) or executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants ($27.50 per hour). Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted these additional points regarding the local data:
· After testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 12 of 22 major occupational groups including legal; construction and extraction; and personal care and service. The remaining 10 major occupational groups in the local area had wages that were similar to their respective national averages.
· When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups: office and administrative support; food preparation and serving related; personal care and service; and sales and related. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production; management; and transportation and material moving.
· Location quotients allow users to more easily examine the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the San Antonio area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in a number of the occupations within the office and administrative support group. For instance, reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks were employed at 2.2 times the national average in San Antonio, and medical secretaries at 2.1 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks had a location quotient of 1.0 in San Antonio, indicating that this occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.
The San Antonio news release will be available later today at www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/news-release/occupationalemploymentandwages_sanantonio.htm. A full list of all detailed occupations for the San Antonio area is at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_41700.htm and information for the state of Texas is at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm. A national listing of all areas is available at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm.