Oklahoma Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 1,594,360
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -106,020 (-6.2%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $44,225
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,106 (10.2%)

Occupation Categories

There are 1,594,360 employed workers in Oklahoma. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 254,090 people. This represents 15.9% 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 162,690 and 158,940 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations254,09015.9%
Sales and Related Occupations162,69010.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations158,94010.0%
Production Occupations107,6906.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations107,0706.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations97,0306.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations93,3105.9%
Construction and Extraction Occupations85,6005.4%
Management Occupations84,3005.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations76,6704.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations72,3704.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations46,4102.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations43,9902.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations43,0202.7%
Protective Service Occupations36,3102.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations30,5401.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations28,5501.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations24,0001.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations15,0800.9%
Legal Occupations12,5800.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations10,9600.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,1600.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 107,690 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 102,570 an increase of 5,120 or 5.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations and Construction and Extraction Occupations, which increased 4,850 and 4,120 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 84,300 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 87,330 or 3.5%. 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 1,870 and 950 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 158,940 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 132,510 an increase of 26,430 or 19.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 11,350 and 8,840 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 107,690 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 117,870 or 8.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Education Training and Library Occupations, which decreased 8,150 and 3,410 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations30,54025.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations43,02024.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations28,55022.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations24,00020.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations158,94019.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations72,37018.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations15,08017.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations97,03010.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations76,6709.5%
Management Occupations84,3007.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations10,9605.3%
Legal Occupations12,5805.2%
Sales and Related Occupations162,6902.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations107,0702.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations46,4101.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations43,9900.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations85,600-0.6%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations254,090-3.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations93,310-3.5%
Protective Service Occupations36,310-6.8%
Production Occupations107,690-8.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,160-25.5%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 50,820 people. This represents 3.2% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Cashiers and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which employ 44,010 and 32,190 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Oklahoma are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons50,8203.2%
Cashiers44,0102.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food32,1902.0%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand29,8101.9%
Customer Service Representatives29,8101.9%
Waiters and Waitresses29,4001.8%
Registered Nurses29,3301.8%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive28,2201.8%
General and Operations Managers25,7701.6%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers25,7501.6%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Sales Representatives Services All Other, which currently employs 8,830 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 2,150 an increase of 6,680 or 310.7%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive and Cooks Restaurant, which increased 6,180 and 5,900 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks, which currently employs 21,800 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 31,510 or 30.8%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office Clerks General and Sales Representatives Wholesale and Manufacturing Except Technical and Scientific Products, which decreased 8,290 and 4,100 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Riggers410925.0%
Concierges340580.0%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants350483.3%
Health Technologists and Technicians All Other1,230412.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Technicians All Other1,290377.8%
Radio Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers430330.0%
Sales Representatives Services All Other8,830310.7%
Meeting Convention and Event Planners890304.5%
Human Resources Specialists6,430287.3%
Maintenance Workers Machinery4,480279.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Word Processors and Typists80-87.3%
Traffic Technicians50-83.3%
Life Scientists All Other30-82.4%
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles60-76.9%
Healthcare Support Workers All Other410-74.7%
Computer Operators340-73.6%
Advertising and Promotions Managers110-72.5%
Bailiffs80-70.4%
Switchboard Operators Including Answering Service660-69.2%
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers270-68.6%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $99,680 per year. This represents 125.4% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $87,070 and $82,100 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$99,680225.4%
Legal Occupations$87,070196.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,100185.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,540161.8%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,320156.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$68,440154.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,780146.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$45,900103.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,170102.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$42,56096.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,37093.5%
Protective Service Occupations$41,36093.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$40,05090.6%
Production Occupations$39,85090.1%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,41082.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,12081.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,39080.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$31,63071.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,19066.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,09056.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,67053.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,45048.5%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $99,680 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $77,040 an increase of $22,640 or 29.4%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $15,400 and $14,570 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Management Occupations$99,68029.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,17028.9%
Production Occupations$39,85026.5%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,41026.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,39025.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,19025.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,78025.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,54024.2%
Protective Service Occupations$41,36022.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,10021.6%
Legal Occupations$87,07021.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,09021.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,32020.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$31,63020.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,12020.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$68,44019.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,45018.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$45,90018.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,67017.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,37015.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$42,56012.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$40,0502.0%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $279,020 per year. This represents 630.9% above the state average of $44,225. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Anesthesiologists and Orthodontists, which pay $278,690 and $261,650 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Oklahoma are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$279,020630.9%
Anesthesiologists$278,690630.2%
Orthodontists$261,650591.6%
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$229,300518.5%
Family and General Practitioners$225,140509.1%
Internists General$216,910490.5%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$214,640485.3%
Psychiatrists$183,930415.9%
Nurse Anesthetists$176,780399.7%
Physicists$164,190371.3%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Oklahoma are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$18,86042.6%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$18,98042.9%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$19,26043.5%
Cooks Fast Food$19,38043.8%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$19,52044.1%
Pressers Textile Garment and Related Materials$19,59044.3%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$19,73044.6%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$19,82044.8%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$19,89045.0%
Teacher Assistants$19,90045.0%



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