- Occupational Employment Statistics and Wages
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How do I respond to the OES survey?
Employers selected to participate in the OES survey should receive a survey form in the mail. Completing the survey form and mailing it in the postage-paid envelope is the most common way to respond.
E-mail your response to OesSurvey@IDCF.BLS.gov with a text or spreadsheet file attachment. Include job title (occupation) and wage rate for each full-time (annual or hourly salary) or part-time (hourly wage) employee in the attachment. Or call the OES Survey staff at 1-800-226-1771 to report your data by phone.
Please identify your survey response by including the first number in the mailing address box. Example #81200541-9.
What is the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey?
The OES survey is an annual federal-state cooperative survey program that collects statistics on employees and wages for nearly 800 occupations within 300 industries at the national, state, and metropolitan levels.
Why is this information needed from employers?
Individual businesses are the only source for this important information. The occupational employment data provided by employers is the basis for preparing realistic projections of future occupational employment needs. Federal, state, and local governments spend billions of dollars each year on education and workforce training. Information on occupational demand is used to inform schools and other training institutions about the skills and knowledge employers need. The survey samples about 21,000 Florida establishments with two semi-annual collection panels.
The wage data provided by employers allows for the comparison of occupational wages across geographic regions and among industry sectors.
Maintaining a Well-Balanced Workforce
Why are certain businesses surveyed?
Certain businesses are selected at random from the Unemployment Insurance quarterly tax files by the U.S. Department of Labor. Any one business in the survey represents other businesses in the same county with the same approximate number of employees, running the same type of business. Whether a business is large or small, it is very important to be represented in the overall employment estimate. The number of workers employed by occupation and the wage ranges paid to each worker are critical for the accuracy of the data collected.
Who uses the OES survey information?
- Employers: to assess available labor supply and cost of labor, and to set wage rates
- Workers/Job Seekers/Students: to assist in career decision-making
- Educators: to plan curricula and training programs to teach needed job skills for occupations in demand
- Workforce Development Professionals: to ensure government-funded training programs prepare workers for occupations in demand
What type of information is needed from employers?
The OES survey requests the occupations (job titles) and wage ranges (salary, either annual or hourly) of the employees working at a given location for a specific pay period. The survey includes all full and part-time employees. Employers may report this information by returning the survey form in the mail or, if more convenient, by phone, or e-mail. If there are any questions concerning this survey, please contact the OES staff at 1-800-226-1771 or e-mail OesSurvey@labormarketinfo.com.
Will the information reported by employers be kept confidential?
Yes, all information received from employers will be kept confidential. An employer's response will be combined with those of other employers and summarized for statistical purposes only. No individual employer's data or employees can be identified.
How can someone get the results from this survey?
Florida information from the latest OES survey can be obtained from the dynamic search website FloridaWages. Additional tabular data from the latest and prior surveys can be found here.
For more information on the OES survey, including national employment and wage estimates by occupation, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics websites at: http://www.bls.gov/oes.