Salary & Compensation Research at the Library of Congress
The following section contains information on compensation data available from the
US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Dept. of Labor
Wages - by area
(national, regional, state, metro) and by occupation
Search for Bureau of Labor Statistics data on:
Provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings;
compensation cost trends, benefit incidence, and detailed
Other data available as part of the National Compensation Survey includes:
Table of Contents
Compensation by Position
Compensation by Place
Compensation Resources by Publisher
Subjects for Additional Searching
NCS - Wages
Benefits in Private Industry. Department of Labor.
Provides data on occupational wages for
localities, broad geographic regions, and the nation. For
1992-1996 it was called Occupational
Specialized Industry (barbershop, forestry, construction)
NCS - Benefits
Comprehensive data on the incidence
(the percentage of workers with access to and participation
in employer provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected
employee benefit plans.
Also contains links at the bottom of the screen to related publications.
Employee Benefits in Medium and Large Private Establishments
Employee Benefits in Small Private Industry Establishments.
Trends (National Compensation Survey - Compensation Cost
Quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor
costs (ECI) and annual data measuring level of average costs
per hour worked (ECEC).
and Wages (CEW)
A quarterly count of employment and wages
reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available
at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.
Statistics - National
Survey of payroll records covers over
300,000 businesses on a monthly basis and provides detailed
industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers
on nonfarm payrolls for the Nation.
Statistics - State
Survey of payroll records covers over
390,000 businesses on a monthly basis and provide detailed industry
data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm
payrolls for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, the Virgin Islands, and over 270 metropolitan areas.
Describes, for a wide range of occupations, the
nature of the work, working conditions, the training and education
needed, earnings, and expected job prospects.
Provides comprehensive measures of occupational
earnings; compensation cost trends, benefit incidence, and detailed
Estimates employment and wage estimates for over
700 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people
employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages
paid to them. Self-employed persons are not included in the
Classification System Manual (OCSM)
Created to help ensure
correct occupational matches when collecting compensation data.
Users can look up job descriptions for occupations found in
the NCS bulletins, and by knowing how the field economist classifies
the thousands of occupations into BLS Major Occupation Groups
(MOGs), e.g., Professional Occupations; sub-MOGs, e.g., Engineers,
Architects, and Surveyors; or specific occupations, e.g., Aerospace
Engineers.Indexed by the Census
System used by all Federal statistical
agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for
the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data.
All workers are classified into one of over 820 occupations
according to their occupational definition. To facilitate classification,
occupations are combined to form 23 major groups, 96 minor groups,
and 449 broad occupations. Each broad occupation includes detailed
occupation(s) requiring similar job duties, skills, education,
DICTIONARY OF OCCUPATIONAL
TITLES 4th ed., Revised 1991 -.
O*NET. US Department of Labor
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the nation's primary source of occupational information provides detailed descriptions of hundreds of occupations and offers interactive features for career exploration.
Last updated: June 2013