Occupational Employment and Wages

The Iowa Wage Report and Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

The Iowa Wage Report and the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) programs estimate occupational employment and wages paid by employers. The wages are based on straight-time and are gross pay. 

The following types of pay are included in the collection of wages: base rates, commissions, cost-of-living allowances, mileage, piece rates, portal-to-portal rates and production bonuses.  Also included are certain other types of pay such as: deadheading, guaranteed, hazard incentive and longevity.

The following types of pay are excluded from data collection: bonuses (attendance, holiday, stock, non-production and year-end); certain pay (back, holiday premium, jury duty, on-call, overtime, severance and weekend premium); certain allowances (clothing, tool/equipment, uniform and relocation); discounts (including merchandise discounts); draw; meal and lodging payments; prerequisites; profit-sharing payments; and shift differentials.

Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

OES is a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics program that produces estimates for the State, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), and nonmetropolitan areas known as Balance of State (BOS). This data is comparable across states and the nation. Current wage survey data can be viewed on the OES home page.

Iowa Wage Report

The Iowa Wage Report is a product of Iowa Workforce Development. The report uses OES occupational wages and updates them to make wages more current for the State, MSA and BOS areas. This update applies only to wage data and not to employment estimates. Occupational wage and employment information is also provided for the Iowa Workforce Development Regions. The Iowa Wage Report will usually have the most current wage data. Occupational wage and employment data can be viewed on the Iowa Wage Report home page.