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Data Sources on Riley Guide


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Data Sources on Riley Guide


Career Section Top Page and Fast Facts Tables

Data is based on US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports published in 2013 (for 2012), including:

  • Recommended degree level is based on Riley Guide research, representing our judgment as to what minimum degree level will give the best chance for entry into this occupation.
  • Typical salary is the median salary reported by the BLS, which is the 50th percentile for which 50% earn higher than the median and 50% lower. Riley considers median salary to be a better representation of typical earnings vs. an average salary, which can be skewed by a small minority in a field that earn very high incomes.
  • Salary range represents 10th and 90th percentiles of employees. The 10th percentile salary is where 10% make below the salary and 90% above. Riley’s belief is that the 10th percentile is generally representative of a starting salary in the field. Riley also believes that the 90th percentile salary is representative of what the most senior people in that field earn. Keep in mind that salaries can vary quite a bit from published US BLS figures due to factors such as location, trends in the marketplace for a specific field, particular needs of an employer, and so on. Range data designated with an NA is not available.
  • Number of Jobs is an estimate of how many workers there are in the occupation for either the US or a given state.
  • Growth rates are based on Department of Labor Statistics 2010 to 2020 forecast data.
  • Job openings is an estimate of new jobs due to growth plus those leaving the field.

Career Salary by Cities Tables

Data is based on US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports published in 2013 (for 2012), including:

  • Typical salary is the median salary reported by the BLS for the city or region
  • Salary range represents 10th and 90th percentile annual earnings of employees for the city or region. Range data designated with an NA is not available.
  • Job Count is an estimate of how many workers there are in the occupation for the city or region.
  • % of All Jobs is the percentage of all workers in that city or region working in the occupation.