Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OES)

What is this Survey?

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments, by industry, in the United States. The OES survey is a cooperative program between States and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The OES survey uses the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Workers are categorized into 1 of the 770 detailed occupations. Together, these detailed occupations comprise 23 major occupational groups.

How is this Survey Used?

How are the results from this survey used?

  • To identify emerging and declining occupations
  • To identify job skills subject to increasing or decreasing demand
  • To identify areas where educational programs are needed
  • To provide average earning information by occupation

How can employers use this information?

  • Set the company payroll
  • Perform salary comparison between areas
  • Decide where to locate or expand

OES Data on the Data Search Tool


State of Arkansas Wage Rates by Occupation


Arkansas OES Publication


Employment and Wage Estimates on the BLS website

Employment and Wage Estimates are posted on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) web site (Click a link below).

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA
Fort Smith MSA
Hot Springs MSA
Jonesboro MSA
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway MSA
Memphis MSA
Pine Bluff MSA
Texarkana MSA

More OES Information


OES Wages Newsletter