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Occupational Employment Statistics

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

Next Release:

  • The May 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on March 29th, 2019 and are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES News Release

Transportation and material moving occupations represent 7.1% of employment in May 2018


Transportation and material moving occupations had employment of 10.2 million
and an annual mean wage of $38,290 in May 2018. Laborers and hand freight,
stock, and material movers (2.9 million) was the largest transportation and
material moving occupation.




OES Data

OES Charts

OES Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for May 2018. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing location quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the U.S. average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.

OES Videos

A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States

OES Maps

US map

OES Mapping Tool

Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation’s employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.

OES Publications

OES Databases


  • The One-Screen Data Search is a JavaScript-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2018 OES data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OES tables page, which contains links to all OES tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS Download server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.

OES Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us


For help filling out the Occupational Employment Statistics Report and IDCF number requests, please contact your state office.

For help using the online data collection system, email oes.helpdesk@bls.gov.

For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics program and OES estimates, contact an OES staff member:

  • Email: Fill out our contact form
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics,
    Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue,
    NE, Washington DC 20212-0001



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