Accessing Wage Data

On the main page of the New Jersey OES website, the ‘menu bar’ located just beneath “Occupational Employment Statistics Wage Survey” lists the three available data formats: PDF Tables, HTML Tables, and Excel Tables.  Select HTML Tables to bring up a listing of eleven geographic areas in New Jersey. Select an area to access an Industry list for that area, beginning with All Industries, followed by a list of industry “sectors.”  For the Excel and PDF formats, each geographic area has an option for either "All Industries Combined" or "By Major Industry Sector."


For the "All Industries Combined" files, scroll down the page to view data by occupation. The estimates "By Major Industry Sector" are sorted by industry group (e.g., manufacturing, construction, retail, etc.; see "Help With Finding The Correct Industry Classification" below) and, within each industry, by occupation.

Finding A Specific Occupation

The occupations in all of these tables 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.  When accessing PDF Tables, the occupational (and industry) definitions can be found at the end of the PDF table for each area. When accessing the Excel Tables, the Occupational Definitions (and Industry Definitions for data ‘By Major Industry’) are on separate sheets (tabs) within the spreadsheet. When using the HTML Tables, click on a specific occupational title to open a ‘pop-up window’ that includes the definition plus several key pieces of ‘analytical data’ for the occupation (e.g., top-employing industries, top-paying industries, areas with the highest employment, areas with the highest pay rate, and a comparison-pay map of New Jersey areas).   

Occupational Guide and Definitions. 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 publishable occupations within each major industry group (e.g., retail, manufacturing, construction, etc.). These groups are the major industry sectors as designated in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  As mentioned above, when using the PDF Tables, industry definitions are provided at the end of each PDF table. When using the Excel Tables, the Occupational Definitions (and Industry Definitions for data ‘By Major Industry’) are on separate sheets (tabs) within the spreadsheet.

The top of the "Industry Definitions" 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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