Monthly personal or phone interviews
a “responsible” person within selected
to collect information
regarding members of the household
including personal characteristics (e.g.,
marital status, educational attainment) as
well as labor market activity of household
Primarily conducted via
mail surveys that
to report their
number of employees by occupation*
across 12 wage ranges.
using Standard Occupational Code (SOC)
What’s the Diff’?
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and the Current Population Survey (CPS) are two
measures conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, to inform statistical
descriptions of the labor market. The occupational information in this Notebook is based on the OES.
Survey of non-farm
(i.e., employers) to measure
employment and wage rates of
What is it?
A monthly survey of
households conducted by
the Bureau of Census.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
U. S. Department of Labor
Key source of data
Center on Education and
Sample survey of about
and annual data on income
and poverty in the U. S.
Probability sample panels stratified
w/in their respective states
area, industry and ownership to select
200,000 establishments to
to yield a final sample size