Wage data for occupations is collected in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Information on entry level, median, and experienced hourly (and annual) wages is available for Illinois, the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), Economic Development Regions (EDRs), counties and the Local Workforce Areas (LWAs) in both Excel and Adobe Acrobat formats.
The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) coding structure is now used in place of the previously utilized Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) coding system. This means that many of the occupational titles are different than before, but it also means that there will be more up-to-date occupational titles included such as different levels of computer programmers and software engineers.
More information on the SOC taxonomy is available at the following Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Web sites: http://stats.bls.gov/soc/socguide.htm. You may also call our toll-free number at 1-866-ONE-SRCE (1-866-663-7723) for assistance.