The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released a report chronicling employment and wage data for various occupations — including those in the jan/san industry. The data is from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which provides employment and wage estimates for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 801 detailed occupations. OES produces data by occupation for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, metropolitan divisions, and non-metropolitan areas, and by occupation and industry for the nation.

Within their classification (based on the number of employees in the field), the occupational groups with the highest mean hourly wages included management occupations ($49.47), legal occupations ($46.07), and computer and mathematical science occupations ($36.68). Among the lowest-paying occupational groups were food preparation and serving related occupations ($10.04); farming, fishing and forestry occupations ($11.53); personal care and service occupations ($11.87); and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations ($12.00).

OES data also allows comparison of occupational employment and wages across states and metropolitan areas. The states and metropolitan areas with the highest employment and highest employment concentrations of four selected detailed occupations. Areas with high total employment also tend to be among the largest employers of any individual occupation, while employment concentrations reflect factors other than overall employment levels, such as the industry mix. For example, California employed more janitors than any other state, with 199,070 jobs in this occupation; and Nevada, although it employed fewer total janitors than California, had one of the highest employment concentrations in this occupation, with janitors representing over 24 jobs out of every 1,000 in the state. The District of Columbia and Hawaii also had among the highest concentrations of janitors, while New York had both one of the highest employment levels and one of the highest employment concentrations of this occupation.

Although all of the selected occupations had national mean wages below the U.S. average, wages for each occupation varied across states. For example, among the states shown in the table, mean wages for janitors varied from $9.79 in Texas to $13.51 in New York, and mean wages for cashiers varied from $8.03 in Louisiana to $10.85 in California.

To review the complete BLS report, click here.