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Labor Department Publication Tracks State’s Occupational Employment & Wages
Notes annual salaries; provides data for job seekers and employers

For immediate release
September 25, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, A just-published report prepared by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research titled Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages – Statewide 2007 – will prove a useful tool for employers, job seekers, educators, counselors and others in this state who rely on the latest economic and statistical data to do their jobs, predicts State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. 

“The intent of our newest publication is to provide accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, and others in our state,” Mayfield explains.  “Employers, for example, will find the data useful as a guide in analyzing pay scales. Job seekers and students can use the information to make informed employment and career decisions.  Career planners can use the information in determining what new training programs to offer employees.”

The 65-page report is based on the results of a semi-annual Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) mail survey conducted by the Office of Research to produce estimates of employment and wages by occupation. The OES survey generates estimates for more than 800 occupations at the state level, as well as eight labor market areas across the state and covers all full-time and part-time wage and salary workers in nonfarm industries. The survey does not include self-employed persons, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers.

In order to obtain the data, each industry-specific questionnaire contained a grid of occupational titles with 12 wage ranges.  Employers were asked to total the number of workers they employ in each wage range by occupation. Workers performing the functions of more than one occupation were classified in the occupation with the highest level of skill or in the occupation in which they spend most of their time.

“Respondents did not give actual wages, but rather reported employment in 12 wage ranges,” explains Michael Polzella, Associate Research Analyst, who helped prepare the report. “Annual wages were then calculated, in order to best determine annual salaries.”

According to Polzella, the occupations with the highest average annual wages in the business and financial operations occupational group are: Financial Analysts ($93,769); Personal Financial Advisors ($93,349); Management Analysts ($86,731); Financial Examiners ($82,910); and Loan Officers ($78,617). 

The publication also notes the highest average annual salaries in the Computer & Mathematical Science occupational category. The top five occupations in this group are: Computer & Information Scientists, Research ($108,084); Actuaries ($98,265);  Mathematicians ($88,685); Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software ($87,662); and Computer Software Engineers, Applications ($87,373).

Wage information in the survey includes straight-time, gross pay, exclusive of premiums or overtime.  Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, guaranteed or hazardous-duty pay, incentives including commissions and production bonuses, tips, and on-call pay.

The Connecticut Occupational Employment & WagesStatewide 2007 publication can be accessed online at 

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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