The EDD's Labor Market Information Division (LMID), in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), considers the collection of proper occupational employment and wage data from employers to be one of the highest priorities for a strong Labor Market Information (LMI) program.
The LMID contacts approximately 35,000 establishments per year to collect occupational employment and wage data. This information is critical to providing good state and local economic data to EDD's customers. To facilitate data collection, each survey identifies specific occupations depending on the industry and size of the establishment.
This year, the OES survey is using the new 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system to classify workers. The SOC, which was originally developed in response to a growing need for a universal occupational classification system, will also be used in the 2010 Census. It was designed to cover all occupations in which work is performed for pay or profit, reflecting the current occupational structure nationwide. The SOC is broken up into 23 major occupational groups and includes 855 detailed occupations. More information about the OES survey and survey findings can be found on LMID's Web site at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/?pageid=1009
The following table offers a sample of the types of occupational wage information collected by the OES survey and published on LMID's web site. In addition to the median hourly wage displayed below, wage ranges from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile are available, for California and 33 areas encompassing the entire state.
We hope this information will be useful to our customers involved in all aspects of the California economy. If you are one of the employers selected to participate this year, please help by completing the survey and sending it back in the return envelope. Additionally, if you have questions or need assistance, please call one of our OES representatives at 1-800-826-4896.