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Nationwide Salary Statistics

Research salaries by location, occupation, industry and more to make informed decisions about your next career move.

If you’re seeking employment and wondering what the annual wage will be, use the Occupational Employment Statistics program by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to gain a better idea of what the salaries are in the area where you currently live or the area where you’ll be moving. For example, if you make $35 an hour as a registered nurse in your current location, and the salary range for the position where you are moving is $18 to $30 per hour, you can manage your expectations and prepare your budget accordingly.

Each year, the BLS compiles an annual Occupational Employment Statistics report that provides data on employment and wage estimates for more than 800 occupations. This information can be filtered on a national or statewide scale and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas with the State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates map. Click on a state to view a table that breaks down the employment rates and wage data for each occupation in that state. You can sort the data by selecting an occupation category and clicking on a column header, or filter by text using the search box in the top right of the table.

Explore the OES categories for additional employment data and presentations.

  • The OES Data section provides the full range of information compiled by the program dating from 1988 to today.
  • The OES Charts section covers a variety of topics, such as the largest occupations in each industry, states with the highest levels of employment for each occupation and more.
  • The OES Videos section offers quick, easy-to-understand videos that explain the data.
  • The OES Maps feature allows you to visualize data, such as employment rate and annual mean wage across the country for specific occupational groups.

Visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for local assistance. Under the 'Select a program or service' drop-down menu, select 'Spouse Education, Training and Careers' and enter your installation or postal code. Choose the radius you would like to search within and click ‘Go.’

Make sure you know the rules and regulations regarding license portability when you relocate to a new state. View the Spouse Licensure Map for state legislation and licensure information for military spouses in your specific state. 

For all other questions on salaries and compensation, call 800-342-9647 to speak with a career coach or visit the Explore the Labor Market section of the Career Exploration lifecycle stage of MySECO.

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