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On average, workers making decent wages for jobs in San Antonio

Monday, May 30th, 2011

According to recent stats from the BLS, people working jobs in San Antonio are making a decent wage.

Workers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area earned an average of $18.05 per hour in November 2010, according to new survey results from the National Compensation Survey (NCS) released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that wage data were reported for workers in a wide range of occupational groups, including average hourly earnings of $28.67 for healthcare practitioner and technical occupations and $14.78 for office and administrative support occupations. Another occupational group, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, had a mean hourly wage rate of $9.38. The NCS data available for the San Antonio-New Braunfels area include earnings for 20 major occupational groups with additional detail for selected occupations within those groups.

Registered nurses, part of the healthcare practitioner and technical occupational group, earned $30.60 per hour. Within the office and administrative support occupational group, insurance claims and policy processing clerks averaged $17.60 per hour and general office clerks, $13.74. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, an occupation within the building and grounds cleaning and maintenance group, registered an average hourly rate of $10.52, and maids and housekeeping cleaners earned $8.75 per hour. (See table 1.)

Broad coverage of selected occupational characteristics is available from the NCS for the local area. Full-time workers averaged $19.08 per hour while their part-time counterparts earned $10.45. Union workers earned $13.75 and non-union workers, $18.25. Workers in establishments with 1-99 workers averaged $16.49 per hour, those in establishments with 100-499 workers earned $18.86, and those in establishments with 500 or more employees earned $20.31.

The occupational wage data available from the NCS may be used by businesses for establishing pay plans, making decisions concerning plant relocation, and in collective bargaining negotiations. Individuals may use such data to help choose potential careers. NCS results also include the work level and respective earnings for occupations determined by a point factor leveling process. The four occupational leveling factors are: knowledge, job controls and complexity, contacts, and physical environment. Details on the NCS are available at

The NCS data reported here covered 237 establishments with one or more workers in private industry and State and local governments. Agricultural establishments, private households, the self-employed, and the Federal Government were excluded from the survey. This sample of establishments represented 769,200 workers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area which is comprised of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties in Texas.