National Compensation Survey - Wages provides data on occupational wages for localities, broad geographic regions, and the nation.

OCS Databases


Beginning with the NCS wage bulletins published in September 2006, the 2002 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system replaced the 1990 Census of Population classification system. The Create Customized Table applications have not been updated yet to include any of the surveys published using the SOC system. The new SOC based applications are being developed and the new database should be available later this year. Data for recent bulletins can be accessed at the following site

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  • Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Flat files FTP Site —For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
  • Wages Search--allows you to search through all National Compensation Survey - Occupational Wage publications and tables that are currently available electronically.


OCS Tables


OCS Publications


OCS Frequently Asked Questions


OCS Special Notices

  • Pay relatives for major occupational groups in metropolitan areas in the United States have been posted.
  • NCS locality wage publications have introduced a number of changes.
    The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system replaced the 1990 Occupational Classification System (OCS) based on the Census of Population. The 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) replaced the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. For more information see the web sites and . The tables have also been reordered and renumbered. For a crosswalk between the new and old tables, see the BLS website at .
  • 8/31/2006 The nine census division publications containing 2005 data have been revised to correct errors for "metropolitan" and "nonmetropolitan" estimates included in tables 1 and 2. Bulletin 2581, National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, June 2005, includes revisions to "metropolitan" and "nonmetropolitan" estimates previously published in Summary 06-04.
  • The Occupational Compensation Survey was replaced by the National Compensation Survey. 1992-96 OCS data is still available and can be viewed by clicking on Archives.


Related Links to Other BLS Programs

  • National Compensation Survey—designed to integrate data from separate BLS compensation surveys—currently provides earnings data by worker characteristics and establishment characteristics and by geographic area.
  • Benefits—comprehensive data on incidence and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.
  • Compensation Cost Trends—quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs and quarterly data measuring level of average costs per hour worked.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics—data on employment and wages for over 800 occupations and for about 400 nonfarm industries for the nation, plus occupational data for States and metropolitan areas.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook—provides data for 250 occupations, by nature of the work, working conditions, employment, job outlook and earnings, related occupations, sources of additional information, and training, other qualifications, and advancement.

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