Nebraska Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 978,300
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -77,720 (-7.4%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $46,700
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,846 (11.6%)

Occupation Categories

There are 978,300 employed workers in Nebraska. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 150,090 people. This represents 15.3% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 95,410 and 82,880 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations150,09015.3%
Sales and Related Occupations95,4109.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations82,8808.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations77,9408.0%
Production Occupations77,4607.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations62,7706.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations58,9606.0%
Management Occupations51,4105.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations49,6905.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations43,8404.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations40,8704.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations30,5503.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations29,9603.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations28,7202.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations28,1602.9%
Protective Service Occupations16,2601.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations14,1701.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations12,4001.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations11,1001.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations6,9800.7%
Legal Occupations5,2300.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,4500.4%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 51,410 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 47,320 an increase of 4,090 or 8.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Production Occupations, which increased 2,360 and 1,640 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Sales and Related Occupations, which currently employs 95,410 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 98,000 or 2.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Community and Social Service Occupations, which decreased 2,550 and 470 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently employs 51,410 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 33,740 an increase of 17,670 or 52.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 12,010 and 10,350 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 150,090 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 159,660 or 6.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which decreased 5,030 and 1,810 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations29,96066.9%
Management Occupations51,41052.4%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations30,55049.5%
Legal Occupations5,23023.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations49,69021.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations62,77019.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations12,40013.3%
Protective Service Occupations16,26010.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations82,8809.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations28,1609.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations40,8706.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations43,8403.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations14,1703.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations58,9602.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations11,1001.7%
Production Occupations77,4601.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,450-2.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations77,940-2.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations28,720-3.1%
Sales and Related Occupations95,410-5.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations150,090-6.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations6,980-9.0%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 28,910 people. This represents 3.0% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which employ 26,360 and 25,280 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Nebraska are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons28,9103.0%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers26,3602.7%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food25,2802.6%
Cashiers23,7602.4%
Registered Nurses22,9702.3%
Customer Service Representatives20,5702.1%
General and Operations Managers16,9501.7%
Office Clerks General16,4601.7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive16,4301.7%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand16,2301.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is General and Operations Managers, which currently employs 16,950 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 7,780 an increase of 9,170 or 117.9%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care Aides and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which increased 6,440 and 5,780 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks, which currently employs 10,450 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 16,290 or 35.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Slaughterers and Meat Packers and Telemarketers, which decreased 4,290 and 3,930 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Social Science Research Assistants330725.0%
Occupational Therapy Aides210600.0%
Personal Care Aides7,720503.1%
Education Administrators All Other250400.0%
Pediatricians General180350.0%
Survey Researchers260333.3%
Power Distributors and Dispatchers130333.3%
Postsecondary Teachers All Other2,270320.4%
Engineering Technicians Except Drafters All Other620313.3%
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants Except Emergency Medical Technicians190280.0%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic70-83.7%
Credit Authorizers Checkers and Clerks250-83.7%
Graduate Teaching Assistants180-80.4%
Drafters All Other70-79.4%
Helpers--Carpenters100-78.3%
Telemarketers1,260-75.7%
Insulation Workers Floor Ceiling and Wall160-75.0%
Floor Layers Except Carpet Wood and Hard Tiles30-72.7%
Slaughterers and Meat Packers1,640-72.3%
Word Processors and Typists140-71.4%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $97,990 per year. This represents 109.8% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which pay $81,610 and $77,270 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$97,990209.8%
Legal Occupations$81,610174.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,270165.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,800160.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,250156.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,830141.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$62,850134.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$51,590110.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,820100.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$45,52097.5%
Protective Service Occupations$44,71095.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,36095.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,39090.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,62082.7%
Production Occupations$38,56082.6%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,38082.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,39077.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,36075.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,79065.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,80061.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,54059.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,78053.1%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which currently pays an average of $74,800 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $60,310 an increase of $14,490 or 24.0%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $12,180 and $11,640 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,36033.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,78031.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,80029.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,54028.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,39024.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations$51,59024.6%
Production Occupations$38,56024.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,80024.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,39022.7%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,38022.4%
Protective Service Occupations$44,71021.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,79021.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,25019.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,82019.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$45,52019.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,27017.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,36017.0%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,83015.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$62,85014.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,62012.7%
Management Occupations$97,99012.2%
Legal Occupations$81,61010.6%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $290,470 per year. This represents 622.0% above the state average of $46,700. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Surgeons and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, which pay $287,890 and $266,810 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Nebraska are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$290,470622.0%
Surgeons$287,890616.5%
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$266,810571.3%
Internists General$259,500555.7%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$241,350516.8%
Psychiatrists$240,180514.3%
Dentists All Other Specialists$238,080509.8%
Family and General Practitioners$237,320508.2%
Chief Executives$220,950473.1%
Podiatrists$219,670470.4%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Nebraska are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$21,53046.1%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$21,69046.4%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$21,76046.6%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$21,93047.0%
Bartenders$22,14047.4%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$22,32047.8%
Cooks Fast Food$22,49048.2%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$22,50048.2%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$22,76048.7%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$22,85048.9%



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