The Occupational Employment Statistics and Wages (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations and the wages paid to them. The OES estimates are not designed to be a comparison of two or more points in time. This is due to changes in classification systems, data collection methods, survey reference periods, and estimation methodologies that have occurred over time. This information is the result of an occupational employment and wage survey conducted by the Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

#### 10th and 90th Percentile Wages

These two numbers represent what the middle 80% of the population might expect to earn. 10% of the people in this job earn less than the 10th percentile while another 10% earn more than the 90th percentile.
#### 25th and 75th Percentile Wages

These two numbers represent what the middle 50% of the population might expect to earn. Half of the people in this job have earnings between 25th and 75th percentile.
#### Employment

This is an estimate of the number of people employed in the selected location, occupation, and industry. It is based on a sample of a universe provided by the State's Unemployment Insurance (UI) files.
#### Entry Wage

This number represents what an entry-level worker might expect to make. It is defined as the average (mean) wage earned by the lowest third of all workers in the selected location occupation, and industry..

#### Experienced Wage

This number represents what an experienced worker might expect to make. It is defined as the average (mean) wage earned by the upper two-thirds of all workers in the selected location occupation, and industry.
#### Mean Wage

Not to be confused with median wage, this number represents the average pay earned by all workers in the selected location occupation, and industry. It is calculated by summing the adjusted wages for all workers and dividing by the number of workers. It is a very general measure of what all workers earn.

#### Median Wage

The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more. It is a measure of what the average worker might expect to make.