© Copyright 1999 by the Wyoming Department of Employment, Research & Planning

Wyoming Statewide Wages
by: Deana Hauf, Economist

The information excerpted in the Table is compiled from a wage survey that is conducted annually by Research & Planning. The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage survey data presented in this release has a fourth quarter 1997 reference period and presents information collected during the 1997 and 1996 surveys. The two years of sample responses for employment and wage data have been combined to produce the current results. The 1996 wage data have been adjusted to the 1997 reference period by using the over-the-year wage change in the most applicable Employment Cost Index series(*). The employment estimates from 1996 and 1997 have been adjusted to the full universe counts for the 1997 survey reference period based on the Covered Employment and Wages program. The estimation methodology has been improved since the 1996 estimates were prepared, so that data from 1997 are not strictly comparable with data from 1996.

The data are also going to be available in more occupational detail and for Wyomings four regions and two Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). You can soon find this information on our internet site http://lmi.state.wy.us/oespub/toc.htm. The 1996 data for all states can be found at http://stats.bls.gov/oeshome.htm. The 1997 national data are available on the internet at: *http://stats.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.toc.htm.

General Definitions

Mean Wage - A measure of central tendency. The sum of the values of all observations divided by the number of observations. It is also called the arithmetic average.
Entry Level Wage - Mean of the bottom 25 percent of wages reported (first quartile).
Experienced Level Wage - Mean of the top 75 percent of wages reported (last three quartiles).

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