78492687According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data, workers in the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.83 in May 2013, similar to the nationwide average of $22.33. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages locally were significantly higher than their respective national averages in only one of the 22 major occupational groups: healthcare support. Nine groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal, design, entertainment, sports, media and education.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in nine of the 22 occupational groups, including computer and mathematical, business and financial operations and food preparation and serving. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, transportation and material moving, and management.

One occupational group — computer and mathematical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Colorado Springs had 12,660 jobs in computer and mathematical fields, accounting for 5.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 2.8-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $40.16, compared to the national wage of $39.43.

With employment of 2,520, software development was one of the largest occupations within the computer and mathematical group, as were computer systems analysts (1,650) and network and computer systems administrators (1,250). Among the higher paying jobs were systems software developers and computer network architects, with mean hourly wages of $50.88 and $49.23, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were computer user support specialists ($24.10).

In the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the computer and mathematical group. For instance, software applications developers were employed at 2.1 times the national rate in Colorado Springs, and network and computer systems administrators at 1.9 times the U.S. average.

For a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_17820.htm.

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