Accessing Wage Data

On the main page of this site, under OES Wage Data For New Jersey, there are eleven geographic areas listed. For each area, data is available by industry level: either "All Industries Combined" or "By Major Industry Sector." Selecting either will open a dialog box asking if you want to "Open" or "Save" the spreadsheet. "Save" will copy the file to the folder on your computer that you designate, allowing you to access the file via your spreadsheet software.

Choose "Open" to access the file online. For the "All Industries Combined" file, scroll down the page to view data by occupation. Data "By Major Industry Sector" is organized by industry sector (e.g., manufacturing, construction, retail, etc.; see "Help With Finding The Correct Industry Classification" below). Data for occupations listed within each industry group are based on data collected from employers in that industry (in the designated geographic area).


Finding A Specific Occupation

The occupations in any given table are in order of their Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code. The SOC is organized into major occupational groups, starting with Management Occupations and ending with Transportation & Material Moving Occupations. There are two ways to locate an occupation: the "Occupational Guide and Definitions" page and the "Alphabetical List Of Occupations" page.

Occupational Guide and Definitions. This page is accessible from a link on the main OES page or through a link in the header of each spreadsheet.

This page lists the major SOC categories (e.g., 41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations) and the subgroups in each (e.g., 41-1000 Supervisors of Sales Workers, 41-2000 Retail Sales Workers, 41-3000 Sales Representatives-Services, and 41-4000 Sales Representatives-Wholesale & Manufacturing). Within each of these subgroups are the individual occupations for which data is presented in the tables.

Clicking on the SOC code for a group or subgroup will jump to the definitions for the occupations in that group. Having accessed the Sales and Related Occupations portion of the definitions, for example, allows one to determine which sales occupation is most appropriate. Since the data tables are ordered by SOC code, that occupation can now be easily found in the appropriate data table.

Alphabetical List Of Occupations. This page is also accessible from a link on the main OES page. The page contains an alphabetical listing of the SOC occupational titles, the SOC code for each, and the major occupational group of each (but not the subgroup). Use this table to determine the SOC of an occupation and the major group it is under in the data tables.


Help With Finding The Correct Industry Classification

Wage data "By Major Industry Group" shows wage data for occupations within each major industry group (e.g., retail, manufacturing, construction, etc.). These groups are the major industry sectors designated in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Descriptions of these groups are available on the "Industry Definitions" page, which is accessible from a link on the main OES page or through a link on the spreadsheets containing data "By Major Industry Group."

The top of the page contains a listing of the twenty major industry sectors in NAICS. Click on an industry sector name to access an abridged definition for that sector (unabridged definitions are available through the NAICS page of the BLS website). Once the appropriate industry sector is determined, the data for that industry may be easily found in any of the tables containing data by major industry group. These data tables are in order of industry code; within each industry, occupational data for that industry are listed.

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