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Occupational Wage Survey

DES MOINES, IOWA
FEBRUARY 1963

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in No. 1345-42




UNITED STA TES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
W . Willard W irtz, Secretary
B U R EA U OF LABO R S TA TIS TIC S
Ewan Clogue, Commissioner




Occupational Wage Survey
DES MOINES, IOWA




FEBRUARY 1963

Bulletin No. 1345-42
April 1963

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
W . Willard W irtz, Secretary
BUREA U O F LABOR S TA TIS TIC S
Ewan Clague, Commissioner

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Preface

Contents
Page

T h e L a b o r M a r k e t O c c u p a t io n a l W a g e S u r v e y P r o g r a m
E ig h t y -t w o l a b o r m a r k e t s c u r r e n t l y a r e in c lu d e d
in th e B u r e a u o f L a b o r S t a t is t ic s p r o g r a m o f a n n u a l o c ­
c u p a t io n a l w a g e s u r v e y s in m a j o r l a b o r m a r k e t s .
T h ese
s tu d ie s p r o v id e d a ta on o c c u p a t io n a l e a r n in g s and r e la t e d
s u p p le m e n t a r y b e n e f it s .
I n fo r m a t io n o n r e la t e d s u p p le ­
m e n t a r y b e n e f it s is o b ta in e d b ie n n ia lly in m o s t o f the l a b o r
m a rk ets.

I n t r o d u c t io n _____________________________________________________________________
W a g e t r e n d s f o r s e l e c t e d o c c u p a t io n a l g r o u p s ___________________________
T a b le s :
1.
2.

A p r e l i m i n a r y r e p o r t w h ic h p r e s e n t s e a r n in g s
t r e n d s f o r s e l e c t e d o c c u p a t io n a l g r o u p s and a v e r a g e e a r n ­
in g s in s e l e c t e d j o b s is r e l e a s e d w ith in a m o n th a ft e r the
c o m p l e t i o n o f th e stu d y in e a c h a r e a .
T h is b u lle t in p r o ­
v id e s a d d it io n a l d a ta n o t in c lu d e d in th e p r e l i m i n a r y r e p o r t .
A t w o - p a r t s u m m a r y b u lle t in is i s s u e d a ft e r the
c o m p l e t i o n o f a ll o f th e a r e a b u lle t in s f o r a ro u n d o f s u r ­
v e y s ( f o r th e c u r r e n t ro u n d o f s u r v e y s , th e f i r s t p a r t o f
th is b u lle t in w ill b e a v a ila b le la t e in 1963 and th e s e c o n d
p a r t e a r l y in 1 9 6 4 ).
T h e f i r s t p a r t p r e s e n t s in d iv id u a l
l a b o r m a r k e t d a ta .
T h e s e c o n d p a r t p r e s e n t s d a ta r e ­
la tin g to a ll m e t r o p o l it a n a r e a s in th e U n ited S t a te s .

A:

E s t a b lis h m e n t s and w o r k e r s w ith in s c o p e o f s u r v e y -----------------P e r c e n t s o f i n c r e a s e in s ta n d a r d w e e k ly s a l a r i e s and
s t r a i g h t - t i m e h o u r ly e a r n in g s f o r s e l e c t e d
o c c u p a t io n a l g r o u p s , f o r s e l e c t e d p e r i o d s _____________________
O c c u p a t io n a l e a r n i n g s : *
A - 1. O f f i c e o c c u p a t io n s —m e n and w o m e n ------------------------------------A -2 .
P r o f e s s i o n a l and t e c h n ic a l o c c u p a t io n s —m e n
a nd w o m e n -------------------------------------------------------------------------------A -3 .
O f f i c e , p r o f e s s i o n a l , and t e c h n ic a l o c c u p a t io n s —
m e n a n d w o m e n c o m b i n e d ---------------------------------------------------A - 4 . M a in te n a n c e and p o w e r p la n t o c c u p a t io n s --------------------------A - 5 . C u s t o d ia l and m a t e r i a l m o v e m e n t o c c u p a t io n s ----------------

A p p e n d ix :

O c c u p a t io n a l d e s c r i p t i o n s

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T h is b u lle t in w a s p r e p a r e d in th e B u r e a u 's r e ­
g io n a l o f f i c e in C h ic a g o , 111. , b y K e n n e th T h o r s t e n , u n d e r
th e d i r e c t i o n o f W o o d r o w C . L in n , A s s is t a n t R e g io n a l D i ­
r e c t o r f o r W a g e s and I n d u s t r ia l R e la t io n s .




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* N O T E : S im ila r t a b u la tio n s a r e a v a ila b le f o r o th e r
m a j o r a r e a s . (S e e in s i d e b a c k c o v e r . )
U n ion s c a l e s , in d ic a t iv e o f p r e v a i l i n g p a y l e v e l s in
th e D e s M o in e s a r e a , a r e a v a ila b le f o r the f o llo w in g t r a d e s
o r i n d u s t r i e s : B u ild in g c o n s t r u c t io n , p r in t in g , l o c a l - t r a n s i t
o p e r a t in g e m p l o y e e s , a nd m o t o r t r u c k d r i v e r s and h e lp e r s .

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Occupational Wage Survey—Des Moines, Iowa
Introduction
T h is a r e a is 1 o f 82 l a b o r m a r k e t s in w h ic h th e U .S. D e ­
p a r t m e n t o f L a b o r 's B u r e a u o f L a b o r S t a t is t ic s c o n d u c ts s u r v e y s of
o c c u p a t io n a l e a r n in g s and r e la t e d w a g e b e n e f it s o n an a r e a w id e b a s i s .

O c c u p a t io n a l e m p lo y m e n t a nd e a r n in g s d a ta a r e s h o w n f o r
f u l l - t i m e w o r k e r s , i . e . , t h o s e h ir e d t o w o r k a r e g u la r w e e k ly s c h e d u le
in th e g iv e n o c c u p a t io n a l c l a s s i f i c a t i o n . E a r n in g s da ta e x c lu d e p r e ­
m iu m p a y f o r o v e r t im e an d f o r w o r k on w e e k e n d s , h o lid a y s , and
la t e s h if t s .
N o n p r o d u c t io n
b o n u s e s a r e e x c lu d e d ,
but c o s t - o f liv in g b o n u s e s and in c e n t iv e e a r n in g s a r e in c lu d e d .
W h e re w e e k ly
h o u r s a r e r e p o r t e d , a s f o r o f f i c e c l e r i c a l o c c u p a t io n s , r e f e r e n c e is
t o th e w o r k s c h e d u le s (r o u n d e d t o the n e a r e s t h a lf h o u r) f o r w h ic h
s t r a i g h t - t i m e s a l a r i e s a r e p a id ; a v e r a g e w e e k ly e a r n in g s f o r th e s e
o c c u p a t io n s h a v e b e e n r o u n d e d to th e n e a r e s t h a lf d o lla r .

T h is b u lle t in p r e s e n t s c u r r e n t o c c u p a t io n a l e m p lo y m e n t and
e a r n in g s i n fo r m a t io n o b ta in e d l a r g e l y b y m a il f r o m th e e s t a b lis h m e n t s
v i s i t e d b y B u r e a u f i e l d e c o n o m i s t s in th e la s t p r e v io u s s u r v e y f o r
o c c u p a t io n s r e p o r t e d in th at e a r l i e r stu d y . P e r s o n a l v i s i t s w e r e m a d e
t o n o n r e s p o n d e n t s a nd t o t h o s e r e s p o n d e n t s r e p o r t in g u n u su a l c h a n g e s
s in c e th e p r e v i o u s s u r v e y .
In e a c h a r e a , d a ta a r e o b ta in e d f r o m r e p r e s e n t a t iv e e s t a b ­
lis h m e n t s w ith in s i x b r o a d in d u s t r y d i v i s i o n s : M a n u fa c tu r in g ; t r a n s ­
p o r t a t io n , c o m m u n ic a t io n , and o th e r p u b lic u t i l i t i e s ; w h o l e s a le t r a d e ;
r e t a i l t r a d e ; f in a n c e , in s u r a n c e , an d r e a l e s t a t e ; and s e r v i c e s . M a jo r
in d u s t r y g r o u p s e x c lu d e d f r o m t h e s e s tu d ie s a r e g o v e r n m e n t o p e r a ­
tio n s a nd th e c o n s t r u c t io n an d e x t r a c t i v e i n d u s t r ie s . E s t a b lis h m e n t s
h a v in g f e w e r th an a p r e s c r i b e d n u m b e r o f w o r k e r s a r e o m it t e d
b e c a u s e th e y te n d t o f u r n is h i n s u f f ic ie n t e m p lo y m e n t in the o c c u p a ­
t io n s s tu d ie d t o w a r r a n t in c lu s io n . S e p a r a t e ta b u la tio n s a r e p r o v id e d
f o r e a c h o f the b r o a d in d u s t r y d iv is io n s w h ic h m e e t p u b lic a t io n
c r it e r ia .

D i f f e r e n c e s in p a y l e v e l s f o r s e l e c t e d o c c u p a t io n s in w h ic h
b o th m e n a nd w o m e n a r e c o m m o n ly e m p lo y e d a r e l a r g e l y due to
(1) d i f f e r e n c e s in th e d is t r ib u t io n o f the s e x e s a m o n g in d u s t r ie s and
e s t a b lis h m e n t s ; (2) d if f e r e n c e s in s p e c i f i c d u tie s p e r f o r m e d , a lth o u g h
th e o c c u p a t io n s a r e a p p r o p r ia t e ly c l a s s i f i e d w ith in th e s a m e s u r v e y
j o b d e s c r i p t i o n ; a nd (3) d i f f e r e n c e s in le n g th o f s e r v i c e o r m e r it
r e v i e w w h e n in d iv id u a l s a l a r i e s a r e a d ju s te d on th is b a s is .
L on ger
a v e r a g e s e r v i c e o f m e n w o u ld r e s u l t in h ig h e r a v e r a g e p a y w h en
b o th s e x e s a r e e m p lo y e d w ith in th e s a m e r a te r a n g e .
Job d e s c r ip ­
t io n s u s e d in c l a s s i f y i n g e m p lo y e e s in t h e s e s u r v e y s a r e u s u a lly
m o r e g e n e r a l i z e d th an t h o s e u s e d in in d iv id u a l e s t a b lis h m e n t s to
a llo w f o r m i n o r d if f e r e n c e s a m o n g e s t a b lis h m e n t s in s p e c i f i c d u tie s
p e r fo r m e d .

T h e s e s u r v e y s a r e c o n d u c t e d on a s a m p le b a s is b e c a u s e o f
th e u n n e c e s s a r y c o s t in v o lv e d in s u r v e y in g a ll e s t a b lis h m e n t s .
To
o b ta in o p t im u m a c c u r a c y at m in im u m c o s t , a g r e a t e r p r o p o r t i o n o f
l a r g e th a n o f s m a ll e s t a b lis h m e n t s is s tu d ie d . In c o m b in in g the d a ta ,
h o w e v e r , a ll e s t a b lis h m e n t s a r e g iv e n t h e ir a p p r o p r ia t e w e ig h t. E s t i ­
m a t e s b a s e d o n the e s t a b lis h m e n t s s tu d ie d a r e p r e s e n t e d , t h e r e f o r e ,
a s r e la t in g t o a ll e s t a b lis h m e n t s in th e in d u s t r y g r o u p in g an d a r e a ,
e x c e p t f o r t h o s e b e lo w the m in im u m s i z e s tu d ie d .
O c c u p a t io n s

O c c u p a t io n a l e m p lo y m e n t e s t im a t e s r e p r e s e n t the to t a l in a ll
e s t a b lis h m e n t s w ith in th e s c o p e o f the s tu d y an d n o t th e n u m b e r a c t u ­
a l l y s u r v e y e d . B e c a u s e o f d i f f e r e n c e s in o c c u p a t io n a l s t r u c t u r e a m o n g
e s t a b lis h m e n t s , the e s t im a t e s o f o c c u p a t io n a l e m p lo y m e n t o b ta in e d
f r o m th e s a m p le o f e s t a b lis h m e n t s s tu d ie d s e r v e o n ly t o in d ic a t e the
r e la t iv e im p o r t a n c e o f the j o b s s tu d ie d .
T h e s e d i f f e r e n c e s in o c c u ­
p a t io n a l s t r u c t u r e d o n ot m a t e r i a l l y a f f e c t the a c c u r a c y o f the e a r n ­
in g s data.

a nd E a r n in g s

T h e o c c u p a t io n s s e l e c t e d f o r s tu d y a r e c o m m o n to a v a r i e t y
o f m a n u fa c t u r in g an d n o n m a n u fa c t u r in g i n d u s t r ie s , an d a r e o f the
f o llo w in g t y p e s : (a) O f fic e c l e r i c a l ; (b) p r o f e s s i o n a l a nd t e c h n ic a l;
(c ) m a in t e n a n c e and p o w e r p la n t ; an d (d) c u s t o d ia l an d m a t e r i a l m o v e ­
m e n t.
O c c u p a t io n a l c l a s s i f i c a t i o n is b a s e d on a u n if o r m s e t o f jo b
d e s c r i p t i o n s d e s ig n e d t o ta k e a c c o u n t o f in t e r e s t a b lis h m e n t v a r ia t io n
in d u tie s w ith in the s a m e jo b .
T h e o c c u p a t io n s s e l e c t e d f o r s tu d y a r e
l i s t e d a n d d e s c r i b e d in the a p p e n d ix . E a r n in g s d a ta f o r s o m e o f the
o c c u p a t io n s l i s t e d an d d e s c r i b e d a r e n ot p r e s e n t e d in th e A - s e r i e s
t a b le s b e c a u s e e it h e r (1) e m p lo y m e n t in th e o c c u p a t io n is t o o s m a ll
t o p r o v i d e e n o u g h d a ta t o m e r i t p r e s e n t a t io n , o r (2) t h e r e is p o s s i ­
b i l i t y o f d i s c l o s u r e o f in d iv id u a l e s t a b lis h m e n t data.




E s t a b lis h m e n t P r a c t i c e s

and S u p p le m e n t a r y W a ge P r o v i s i o n s

T a b u la tio n s on s e l e c t e d e s t a b lis h m e n t p r a c t i c e s and s u p p le ­
m e n t a r y w a g e p r o v i s i o n s ( B - s e r i e s t a b le s ) a r e n ot p r e s e n t e d in th is
b u lle t in .
I n fo r m a t io n f o r t h e s e ta b u la tio n s is c o l l e c t e d b ie n n ia lly in
th is a r e a .
T h e s e t a b u la tio n s o n m in im u m e n t r a n c e s a l a r i e s f o r in ­
e x p e r i e n c e d w o m e n o f f i c e w o r k e r s ; s h ift d i f f e r e n t i a l s ; s c h e d u le d
w e e k ly h o u r s ; p a id h o lid a y s ; p a id v a c a t io n s ; a nd h e a lth , in s u r a n c e ,
an d p e n s io n p la n s a r e p r e s e n t e d (in the B - s e r i e s t a b le s ) in p r e v io u s
b u lle t in s f o r th is a r e a .

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T a b le 1.

E s ta b lis h m e n ts and w o r k e r s w ith in s c o p e o f s u r v e y and n u m b e r stu d ie d in D e s M o in e s , Iow a , 1 b y m a jo r in d u s tr y d iv is io n , 2 F e b r u a r y 1963
N u m b e r o f e s ta b lis h m e n ts
In d u stry d iv is io n

W ith in s c o p e
o f stu d y 3

W o r k e r s in e s ta b lis h m e n ts

Studied

W ith in s c o p e
o f stu d y 4

Studied

A l l d iv is io n s ____________________________________________________

245

104

42, 500

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M a n u fa ctu rin g ________________________________ ________________
N on m a n u fa ctu rin g ______________________________________________
T r a n s p o r t a t io n , c o m m u n ic a t io n , and o th e r
p u b lic u t ilit ie s 5 __________ ______________________ ________
W h o le s a le t r a d e 6 ________________ ______ ________________
R e t a il tr a d e 6 ________________________________________________
F in a n c e , i n s u r a n c e , and r e a l e s t a t e 6 ___________________
S e r v ic e s
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1 T h e D e s M o in e s S tan d ard M e tr o p o lita n S t a t is tic a l A r e a c o n s i s t s o f P o lk C ou n ty.
T h e " w o r k e r s w ith in s c o p e o f s tu d y " e s t im a t e s sh ow n in
th is ta b le p r o v id e a r e a s o n a b ly a c c u r a t e d e s c r ip t i o n o f the s i z e and c o m p o s it io n o f the la b o r f o r c e in c lu d e d in the s u r v e y . T h e e s t im a t e s a r e not
in te n d e d , h o w e v e r , to s e r v e a s a b a s i s o f c o m p a r is o n w ith o th e r e m p lo y m e n t in d e x e s f o r th e a r e a to m e a s u r e e m p lo y m e n t t r e n d s o r l e v e ls s in c e
(1) planning o f w a g e s u r v e y s r e q u ir e s the u s e o f e s t a b lis h m e n t data c o m p ile d c o n s id e r a b ly in a d v a n c e o f the p a y r o ll p e r io d s tu d ied , and (2 ) s m a ll
e s t a b lis h m e n t s a r e e x c lu d e d f r o m the s c o p e o f the s u r v e y .
2 T h e 1957 r e v i s e d e d itio n o f the S tand ard I n d u s tr ia l C l a s s i fi c a t io n M anual w a s u s e d in c la s s if y in g e s ta b lis h m e n t s b y in d u s t r y d iv is io n .
3 In c lu d e s a ll e s ta b lis h m e n t s w ith to ta l e m p lo y m e n t at o r a b o v e the m in im u m lim it a t io n (50 e m p lo y e e s ). A l l o u tle ts (w ith in the a r e a ) o f
c o m p a n ie s in su c h in d u s t r ie s a s t r a d e , fin a n c e , auto r e p a ir s e r v i c e , and m o t io n p ic tu r e t h e a t e r s a r e c o n s i d e r e d a s 1 e s t a b lis h m e n t .
4 In c lu d e s a ll w o r k e r s in a l l e s ta b lis h m e n ts w ith to ta l e m p lo y m e n t (w ith in the a r e a ) at o r a b o v e the m in im u m lim it a t io n (50 e m p lo y e e s ).
5 T a x ic a b s and s e r v i c e s in c id e n ta l to w a te r t r a n s p o r t a t io n w e r e e x c lu d e d .
6 T h is in d u s t r y d iv i s i o n is r e p r e s e n t e d in e s t im a t e s f o r " a l l i n d u s t r ie s " and "n o n m a n u fa c tu r in g " in the S e r ie s A t a b le s . S e p a ra te p r e s e n t a t io n
o f data f o r th is d iv i s i o n is not m a d e f o r o n e o r m o r e o f the fo llo w in g r e a s o n s : (1) E m p lo y m e n t in the d iv is io n is to o s m a ll to p r o v id e en ou gh data
to m e r it s e p a r a t e stu dy, (2) the s a m p le w as not d e s ig n e d in it ia lly to p e r m it s e p a r a t e p r e s e n t a t io n , (3) r e s p o n s e w a s in s u ffic ie n t o r in a d eq u a te to
p e r m it s e p a r a t e p r e s e n t a t io n , and (4) t h e r e is p o s s i b il i t y o f d i s c l o s u r e o f in d iv id u a l e s t a b lis h m e n t data.
7 H o te ls ; p e r s o n a l s e r v i c e s ; b u s in e s s s e r v i c e s ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a ir s h o p s ; m o t io n p i c t u r e s ; n o n p r o fit m e m b e r s h ip o r g a n iz a t io n s ; and e n g in e e r in g
and a r c h it e c t u r a l s e r v i c e s .

T a b le 2. P e r c e n t s o f i n c r e a s e in sta n d a rd w e e k ly s a l a r ie s and s t r a ig h t -t im e
h o u r ly e a r n in g s f o r s e le c t e d o c c u p a t io n a l g r o u p s in D e s M o in e s , Iow a ,
f o r s e le c t e d p e r io d s
F e b r u a r y 1962
to
F e b r u a r y 1963

F e b r u a r y 1961
to
F e b r u a r y 1962

F e b r u a r y I960
to
F e b r u a r y 1961

A l l in d u s t r ie s :
O ff ic e c l e r i c a l (m e n and w o m e n ) ___________
In d u s tr ia l n u r s e s (m e n and w o m e n ) ________
S k ille d m a in te n a n c e (m en )
U n s k ille d plant (m e n l
..........

3.0
3.6
2.9
3.2

4.7
4.3
2.6
2.5

1.1
4.5
4.0
5.6

M a n u fa ctu rin g :
O ff ic e c l e r i c a l (m e n and w o m e n )
..........
I n d u s tr ia l n u r s e s (m e n and w o m e n ) ________
S k ille d m a in te n a n c e (m e n l
.
_
U n s k ille d plant (m e n l
..........

3.7
(*)
2.9
2.7

3.6
(* )
2.2
3.1

1.9
3.9
4 .4
4.8

In d u s try and o c c u p a t io n a l g r o u p

D ata d o not m e e t p u b lic a tio n c r it e r i a .

3

Wage T rends for S elected O ccnpatlonal Groups
P r e s e n t e d in ta b le 2 a r e p e r c e n t a g e s o f ch a n g e in a v e r a g e
s a l a r i e s o f o f f i c e c l e r i c a l w o r k e r s and in d u s t r ia l n u r s e s , and in a v ­
e r a g e e a r n in g s o f s e l e c t e d p la n t w o r k e r g r o u p s .
F o r o f f i c e c l e r i c a l w o r k e r s and in d u s t r ia l n u r s e s , the p e r ­
c e n t a g e s o f c h a n g e r e la t e to a v e r a g e w e e k ly s a l a r i e s f o r n o r m a l h o u r s
o f w o r k , that i s , the s ta n d a r d w o r k s c h e d u le f o r w h ic h s t r a ig h t - t im e
s a l a r i e s a r e p a id .
F o r p la n t w o r k e r g r o u p s , th e y m e a s u r e c h a n g e s
in a v e r a g e s t r a i g h t - t i m e h o u r ly e a r n in g s , e x c lu d in g p r e m iu m p a y f o r
o v e r t i m e and f o r w o r k on w e e k e n d s , h o lid a y s , and la t e s h if t s . T h e
p e r c e n t a g e s a r e b a s e d on d a ta f o r s e l e c t e d k e y o c c u p a t io n s and i n ­
c lu d e m o s t o f th e n u m e r i c a l l y im p o r t a n t j o b s w ith in e a c h g r o u p . T h e
o f f i c e c l e r i c a l d a ta a r e b a s e d on m e n and w o m e n in the f o llo w in g 19 j o b s :
B o o k k e e p i n g - m a c h in e o p e r a t o r s , c l a s s B ; c l e r k s , a c c o u n t in g , c l a s s A
an d B ; c l e r k s , f i l e , c l a s s A , B , and C ; c l e r k s , o r d e r ; c l e r k s , p a y r o l l ;
C o m p t o m e t e r o p e r a t o r s ; k e y p u n c h o p e r a t o r s , c l a s s A and B ; o f f i c e
b o y s a nd g i r l s ; s e c r e t a r i e s ; s t e n o g r a p h e r s , g e n e r a l; s t e n o g r a p h e r s ,
s e n i o r ; s w it c h b o a r d o p e r a t o r s ; t a b u la t in g - m a c h in e o p e r a t o r s , c l a s s B ;
an d t y p i s t s , c l a s s A a nd B . T h e in d u s t r ia l n u r s e d a ta a r e b a s e d on
m e n a nd w o m e n in d u s t r ia l n u r s e s .
M e n in th e f o llo w in g 8 s k ille d
m a in t e n a n c e j o b s an d 2 u n s k ille d jo b s a r e in c lu d e d
in the p la n t
w o r k e r d a ta : S k ille d — c a r p e n t e r s ; e l e c t r i c i a n s ; m a c h in is t s ; m e c h a n ic s ;
m e c h a n i c s , a u t o m o t iv e ; p a in t e r s ; p i p e f i t t e r s ; a n d t o o l and d ie m a k e r s ;
u n s k ille d — ja n i t o r s , p o r t e r s , and c l e a n e r s ; a nd l a b o r e r s , m a t e r ia l
h a n d lin g .
A v e r a g e w e e k ly s a l a r i e s o r a v e r a g e h o u r ly e a r n in g s w e r e
c o m p u t e d f o r e a c h o f the s e l e c t e d o c c u p a t io n s .
The a v e ra g e s a la r ie s
o r h o u r ly e a r n in g s w e r e th en m u lt ip lie d b y e m p lo y m e n t in e a c h o f




th e jo b s d u r in g th e p e r i o d s u r v e y e d in 1 9 6 1 . T h e s e w e ig h te d e a r n in g s
f o r in d iv id u a l o c c u p a t io n s w e r e th en t o t a le d to o b ta in an a g g r e g a t e
f o r e a c h o c c u p a t io n a l g r o u p . F in a lly , th e r a t io ( e x p r e s s e d as a p e r ­
c e n ta g e ) o f th e g r o u p a g g r e g a t e f o r th e o n e y e a r to th e a g g r e g a t e f o r
th e o t h e r y e a r w a s c o m p u t e d and th e d i f f e r e n c e b e tw e e n the r e s u l t and
100 is th e p e r c e n t a g e o f ch a n g e f r o m th e o n e p e r i o d to the o t h e r .
T h e p e r c e n t a g e s o f ch a n g e m e a s u r e , p r in c ip a lly , the e f f e c t s
o f (1) g e n e r a l s a l a r y a nd w a g e c h a n g e s ; (2) m e r i t o r o th e r i n c r e a s e s
in p a y r e c e i v e d b y in d iv id u a l w o r k e r s w h ile in the s a m e jo b ; and
(3) c h a n g e s in a v e r a g e w a g e s du e to c h a n g e s in th e la b o r f o r c e r e ­
s u ltin g f r o m la b o r t u r n o v e r , f o r c e e x p a n s io n s , f o r c e r e d u c t io n s , and
c h a n g e s in th e p r o p o r t i o n s o f w o r k e r s e m p lo y e d b y e s t a b lis h m e n t s
w ith d if f e r e n t p a y l e v e l s .
C h a n g e s in the la b o r f o r c e ca n c a u s e in ­
c r e a s e s o r d e c r e a s e s in the o c c u p a t io n a l a v e r a g e s w ith o u t a c tu a l w a g e
ch a n ges.
F o r e x a m p le , a f o r c e e x p a n s io n m ig h t in c r e a s e the p r o ­
p o r t io n o f lo w e r p a id w p r k e r s in a s p e c i f i c o c c u p a t io n an d lo w e r the
a v e r a g e , w h e r e a s a r e d u c t io n in th e p r o p o r t io n o f lo w e r p a id w o r k e r s
w o u ld h a v e th e o p p o s it e e f f e c t .
S i m ila r ly ,
th e m o v e m e n t o f a
h ig h - p a y in g e s t a b lis h m e n t out o f an a r e a c o u ld c a u s e the a v e r a g e
e a r n in g s t o d r o p , e v e n th ou gh n o ch a n g e in r a t e s o c c u r r e d in o th e r
e s t a b lis h m e n t s in th e a r e a .
T h e u s e o f c o n s t a n t e m p lo y m e n t w e ig h ts e lim in a t e s the e f ­
f e c t o f c h a n g e s in th e p r o p o r t i o n o f w o r k e r s r e p r e s e n t e d in e a c h
j o b in c lu d e d in th e d a ta . T h e p e r c e n t a g e s o f ch a n g e a r e n ot in flu e n c e d
b y c h a n g e s in s ta n d a r d w o r k s c h e d u le s o r in p r e m iu m p a y f o r o v e r ­
t i m e , s in c e th e y a r e b a s e d on p a y f o r s t r a ig h t - t im e h o u r s .

W a g e in d e x e s f o r s e l e c t e d g r o u p s o f w o r k e r s b a s e d on d a ta f r o m the
la b o r m a r k e t s u r v e y s w e r e c o m p u t e d f o r 20 a r e a s b e t w e e n 1953 a nd I 9 6 0 .
In
1 9 6 1, the la b o r m a r k e t o c c u p a t io n a l w a g e p r o g r a m w a s e x p a n d e d to in c lu d e
80 S ta n d a rd M e t r o p o lit a n S t a t is t ic a l A r e a s w h ic h w ill b e s u r v e y e d a n n u a lly . T h is
e x p a n s io n m a d e d a ta a v a ila b le f o r the c o m p u ta tio n o f w a g e in d e x e s f o r s e l e c t e d
j o b g r o u p in g s in e a c h o f the 80 a r e a s .
T h e a b o v e te x t r e p r e s e n t s the m e t h o d
u s e d in c o m p u tin g th e s e n ew w a g e ch a n g e in d e x e s . T h e n ew s e r i e s w a s in itia t e d
la s t y e a r a nd th e da ta a r e n ot c o m p a r a b le w ith t r e n d s p u b lis h e d p r i o r t o th at tim e .
T h e n ew s e r i e s c o v e r s th e s a m e j o b g r o u p in g s a s th e e a r l i e r s e r i e s
w ith th e f o llo w in g e x c e p t i o n s : T h e c l e r i c a l a n d in d u s t r ia l n u r s e g r o u p s , f o r m e r l y
r e s t r i c t e d to w o m e n , n ow in c lu d e b o th m e n an d w o m e n . C h a n g e s w e r e a l s o m a d e
in th e j o b s in c lu d e d w ith in j o b g r o u p in g s in o r d e r th at an id e n t i c a l l i s t c o u ld b e
e m p lo y e d in a ll a r e a s .

4

A: Occupational Earnings

Table A-l. Office Occupations—Men and Women
(A verage straigh t-tim e w eekly hours and earnings fo r se le cte d occupations studied on an area basis
by industry division , D es M oines, Iowa, F eb ru ary 1963)
Averagk
Sex, occupation, and industry division

Num
ber
of
workers

NUMBER OF WORKERS RECEIVING STRAIGHT-TIME WEEKLY EARNINGS OF

s
S
$
$
*
$
•
t
S
*
1
*
s
$
t
W
eekly . 40.00 45.00 *50.00 *55.00 *60.00 ^>5.00 70.00 *75.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 100.00 105.00 110.00 115.00 120.00 125.00 130.00 135.00 *140.00 145.00
W
eekly
hours 1 earnings
and
(Standard) (Standard) under
and
45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 100.00 105.00 110.00 115.00 120.00 125.00 130.00 135.00 140.00 145.00

Men
C lerk s, accounting, c la s s A ____ __ _____
M anufacturing _____________ ________
Nonmanufacturing _______________ _____

64
30
34

40.5
40.0
41.0

$107.00
116.00
99.50

_
-

-

_
-

_
-

_
-

_
-

_
-

2
2

9
2
7

7
2
5

11
5
6

3
1
2

4
3
1

_
-

C lerk s, accounting, cla s s B _ _________
Nonm anufacturing ____________________

35
19

39.5
39.0

90.50
81.00

-

_

-

_

_

*

-

-

1
1

15
11

-

1
1

_

-

4
4

_

-

1
1

-

4
-

C lerk s, o rd e r ___________________________

22

39.5

92.00

-

-

-

-

-

_

-

1

5

2

4

3

15
7
8

12
8
4

3
2
1

6
1
5

3
1
2

.
*

.
-

1
1
-

1
1

-

-

2
2
-

3
2
1

4
1
3

6
6

4
1

4
*

_
-

1
-

6

_

1

_

_

1
1
-

1
1
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5
5
-

3
2
1

1
1
-

_

_

_

_

_

-

-

-

-

-

_

_

_

_

_

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

_
-

4
M
-

O ffice boys _______________________________
Manufacturing ________________________
Nonm anufacturing _______________ ___4

43
22
21

40.0
40.0
40.0

56.50
57.00
56.00

.
-

Tabulating-m achine o p e ra to rs,
c la s s A _________________________________
N onm anufacturing ________________ _

30
21

39.0
38.5

98.50
98.50

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1
-

2
-

1
1

5
4

12
11

4
3

1
1

2
1

1
-

1
-

-

-

T abulating-m achine op e ra to rs,
c la s s B _________________________________
N onm anufacturing ____________________

60
52

39.0
39.0

88.00
86.00

-

"

-

-

-

2
2

2
2

2
2

19
19

9
9

18
15

3
1

1
-

1
1

2
-

-

1
1

-

-

-

-

-

*

Tabulating-m achine o p e ra to rs ,
c la s s C _________________________________
N on m a n u fa ctu rin g___________________

34
25

39.5
39.0

69.50
63.50

-

-

-

1
-

18
18

5
5

-

1
-

3
2

3
-

1
-

1
-

-

-

-

-

-

_

_

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

B ille r s , m achine (billin g m achine) ____
Nonmanufacturing ____________________

39
25

40.0
40.0

65.00
61.00

_

_

15
14

5
5

7
4

4
-

_

_

_

_

_

.

.

.

.

.

-

7
2

_

-

1
-

_

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

B ookkeeping-m ach ine o p e ra to rs,
c la s s A _________________________________
Nonmanufacturing ____________________

48
35

39.5
39.5

76.00
74.00

-

-

-

2
2

9
9

5
5

9
5

8
6

4
-

5
3

-

5
5

-

-

-

_

_

_

_

_

-

-

1
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Bookkeeping-m ach ine o p e ra to rs,
c la s s B _________________________________
Manufacturing ________________________
Nonm anufacturing ____________________

128
28
100

39.5
40.0
39.5

64.00
70.00
62.00

*

8
8

17
1
16

16
5
11

39
7
32

9
9

20
7
13

5
1
4

6
6

7
7
-

1
1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

_
-

_
_

_
_

-

-

-

-

-

-

C lerk s, accounting, c la s s A ____________
Manufacturing ________________________
Nonm anufacturing ____________________
Public u tilities 3 __________________

148
17
131
50

40.0
40.0
40.0
40.0

77.00
88.50
75.50
82.00

-

8
8
-

4
4

21
21
6

18
18
3

10
3
7
1

20
20
3

15
4
11
8

25
25
25

16
7
9
-

8
8
4

2
2
-

_
-

39.5
40.0
39.5

66.50
75.00
65.00

5
5

27

29
1
28

26
2
24

38
9
29

8
4
4

26
4
22

-

1
1

1
1

1
1

50
49

39.0
39.0

62.50
62.50

-

-

29
28

9
9

2
2

C lerk s, file , cla s s B ___________________
Nonm anufacturing ____________________

382
354

39.5
39.5

53.50
53.00

102
99

108
95

52
45

5
3

-

-

49.00
49.00

132
132

83
83

-

-

-

2
2

6
4

*
'

-

62.50
63750'

1
1

_
-

40.0
40.0

10
10

_
-

32
25

3

-

C lerk s, o rd e r ___________________________
M anufacturing ________________________

2

-

-

39.0
39.0

-

-

215
215

*
6
6

-

C lerk s, file , c la s s C ___________________
Nonm anufacturing ____________________

3
2
2

-

_

102
102

4
4

_
_
_

10
10

6
6

_
_
.

-

C lerk s, file , cla s s A ___________________
N onm anufacturing ____________________

4
3
1
-

_
_
_

_
_
-

27

36
4
32

1
1
-

_
-

202
28
174

_
-

.
_
*

C lerk s, accounting, c la s s B ____________
Manufacturing ________________________
Nonmanufacturing ____________________

_
*
-

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

*

-

-

-

-

-

1
*

-

W omen

See footn otes at end o f table.




-

“

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

.

*

“

-

-

_

_

_

_

5

Table A-l. Office Occupations—Men and Women---- Continued
(A verage straigh t-tim e w eekly hours and earnings fo r s elected occupations studied on an area b asis
by industry division, D es M oin es, Iowa, F eb ru ary 1963)
NUMBER OF WORKERS RECEIVING STRAIGHT-TIME WEEKLY EARNINGS OF

Averaoi
Sex, occupation, and industry division

Num
ber
of
workers

1
s
$
W
eeklyx W
eekly 410.00 ^5.00 *50.00 *55.00 *60.00 *65.00 *70.00 75.00 80.00 *85.00 *9 0 . 0 0 *9 5 . 0 0 * 0 0 . 0 0 *05.00 110.00 115.00 120.00 125.00 b o . 0 0 135.00 140.00 145.00
earnings 1 and
and
(Standard) (Standard) under
45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 9 5 . 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 0 105.00 110.00 115.00 120.00 125.00 130.00 135.00 140.00 145.00 over

Women— Continued

_

C lerks, p ayroll _________________________
M anufacturing ______ — — — __ —
Nonmanufacturing _____ ____ __ _

62
25
37

40.0
40.0
40.0

$74.00
80.50
70.00

-

2
2

3
3

2
2

9
9

5
4
1

15
6

Com ptom eter op era tors ________________
N onm anufacturing __ __ . . ________

117
94

40.0
40,0

73.00
71.00

3
3

4
4

1
1

8
2

20
18

17
17

Keypunch op era tors, cla ss A __________
M anufacturing ___ __ — ____ _____

91
28

39.5
40.0

69.00
80.50

_
-

1
-

20
-

4
-

3
2

Keypunch op era tors, cla s s B __________
Nonmanufacturing __ __ __ __ _
P u blic utilities 3 _________________

252

~nz

39.0
39.0
40.0

59.50
59.00
66.50

19
17
-

66
64

46

51
47
16

117

38.5

55.00

33
33

29

S ecreta ries _________ ________ ________
M anufacturing
__ ------- ------- —
Nonmanufacturing ________ __ —

482
165
317

39.5
40.0
39.5

84.50
85.50
83.50

1
1

Stenographers, general ________________
M anufacturing _______________________
Nonmanufacturing
- _
- Pu blic u t ilitie s 3 . — __
_____

422
70
352
39

39.5
40.0
39.5
40.0

66.00
71.50
65.00
75.50

Stenographers, senior --------------------------M a n u fa c tu r in g -------------- --------------------N on m a n u fa ctu rin g___________________
P u blic u tilitie s 3 . . . ____
___

161
34
127
24

38.5
40.0
38.5
40.0

79.00
77.50
79.50
94.00

Switchboard op erators _________________
Nonmanufacturing „
- - - - „

56
44

42.0
42.5

63.00
59.00

Switchboard o p era tor-re ce p tio n ists ___
M anufacturing
. __ ____ — -----Nonmanufacturing ______________ ____

105
33
72

39.5
40.0
39.5

66.00
70.00
64.00

Tabulating-m achine op erators,
cla s s B ________________________________
Nonmanufacturing __— — ______ _

35
29

38.0
38.0

Tabulating-m achine operators,
cla s s C ________________________________
Nonmanufacturing __ __ __ __ --------

100
84

T ra n scrib in g-m a ch in e o p erators,
general --- --- ------ — ------------ — —
_____ _ _______ _
M anufacturing
T ypists, cla ss A ------ ------- -----------------M anufacturing
__ ------ ___ __ __ _

O ffice g ir ls ________________ ____—

—

—

If

9

3
2
1

6
6

6
4
2

16
14

15
12

8
8

10
10

20
3

14
1

11
7

13
10

-

69
54
12

14
10
1

15
8
6

13
11
6

1
1
1

29

20

1

1

3

5
1
4

23
4
19

.34
17
17

64
18
46

64
31
33

16
16

36
36
1

73
8
65
1

102
18
84
6

56
12
44
4

38
7
31
6

-

1
1

12
3
9
-

20
5
15
2

30
8
22

7
7

14
14

8
8
.

10
7

-

1
1

16
1
15

10
2
8

4
4
21
7
14

22
5
17

75.00
73.50

-

-

-

-

10
9

1
1

39.0
39.0

60.00
57.50

-

8
8

9
8

52
51

9
8

155
20

39.5
40.0

63.00
73.50

-

7
-

24
2

31
-

49
3

133
31

39.0
40.0

64.00
73.00

_

10
-

11
-

25
2

38
4

484
28

39.5
40.0

54.50
66.00

37

Typists, cla ss B ________________________
Manufacturing ___ __ ____ __ __ _

1
1

1
1

_
-

_
-

_
-

_
-

_
"

_
-

_
-

7

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

_

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

“

-

9
7
2
-

8
8
-

8
4
4
-

2
1
1
-

2
2
-

5
1
4
4
_

_

4
2
2
-

-

-

-

*
*

_
.

-

1

2

-

1
1

1

9
9

.
-

39.5

63.50

_

1
1
*
_
3
3
-

12
12

81
-

195
1
194

110
5

41
4

15

2
2

3

2
2

1
1
1

-

3
3

-

71
23
48

61
18
43

40
14
26

34

21

50
8
42
7

27
5
22
11

8
4
4
~

7
5
2
"

15
3
12
2

10
4
6

9
2
7

1

26
7
19
2

1

4

6
1

7
6

2
1

_

_
-

20

8

14
6

8

1
1
-

2
1

2
1

13
13

5
4

3

2

13
3

17
4

15
5

2
-

16
8

17

8

5

5

5
------ 3 "

ii

2
1

3

3

1
2

10

6

24

15

22
7
15

2
-

5
1
4
2

1
1
1

18
1
17
1

6
6
6

1
1
1

1
1

1

-

1
1

1
-

2

-

_

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1
1

1
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1
1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1
1

1

1
1

6

1
1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5

_

2

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

4

-

2

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

_

7
2

2

1

1
1

Standard hours r e fle c t the w orkw eek fo r which em ployees re ce iv e their regular straigh t-tim e sa la rie s and the earnings co rre sp o n d to these w eekly hours.
W orkers w ere distributed as fo llo w s: 2 at $150 to $155; 1 at $155 to $160; and 1 at $175 to $180.
T ransportation, com m unication, and other public utilities.




.

3

6

28

6
3

1

3

1
5
3

6

Table A-2. Professional and Technical Occupations—Men and Women
(A verage straigh t-tim e w eekly hours and earnings fo r se le cte d occupations studied on an area basis
by industry division , Des M oin es, Iowa, F eb ru a ry 1963)
NUMBER OF WORKERS RECEIVING STRAIGHT-TIME WEEKLY EARNINGS OF—

A verage

Sex, occupation, and industry d ivision

Num
ber
of
w
orkers

$

$

9 0 . 00

95. 00

100. 00

105. 00

$
$
1 1 0 . 00 1 1 5 .0 0

$
%
1 2 0 . 00 1 2 5 .0 0

9 0 . 00

9 5 . 00

1 0 0 .0 0

1 0 5 . 00

n o . oo

115, 00

120. 00

125. 00

1

$

7 5 . 00

3
2

2

2

2

"

1

2

2

8
8

2
2

1

6

_

1

_

_

“

“•

”

”

4

3

2

_

_

$
7 5 . 00

$
8 0 . 00

$
8 5 . 00

8 0 . 00

8 5 . 00

“

W
eekly . 7 0 . 0 0
W
eekly,
hours 1 earnings
and
(Standard) (Standard) under

“

$

$

f 3 0 . 0 0 ? 3 5 . 0 0 1*40. 0 0

?4 5 . 00

?5 0 . 00

?5 5 . 00

1 4 0 .0 0 1 4 5 . 00

150. 00

155. 00

160. 00

130. 00

13 5 . 00

6

3
3

7
7

3
3

4

6

4

“

_

1

_

_

_

_

"

1

~

“

“

1

_

_

_

Men
D raftsm en, sen ior _____________ ____________ _ ______
M anufacturing ___________ ____ __ ____ ___ ____

47
45

40. 0
4 0 .0

$ 1 3 2 .0 0
1 2 3 .5 0

D ra ftsm en , junior ______________________________ __ ___
M anufacturing _______________________________________

19
18

4 0 .0
40. 0

8 8 .5 0

4

3

8 8 .0 0

4

-----3

1
1

17

39. 5

1 0 0 .0 0

_

_

_

----- 1
----- -----5—

—

2
2—

2
-------2—

2
' ------ 2-------

_

_

“

“

_

_

W omen
N u rses, industrial (re g is te re d )

_______________________

1

5

1

1 Standard hours re fle c t the w orkw eek fo r w hich em ployees r e c e iv e their regular straigh t-tim e sa la rie s and the earnings c o rre sp o n d to these w eekly h ou rs.




_

7
Table A-3. Office, Professional, and Technical Occupations—Men and Women Combined
(A verage straigh t-tim e w eekly earnings fo r se le cte d occupations studied on an area basis
by industry division , Des M oin es, Iowa, F eb ru a ry 1963)1

Number
of
workers

O ccupation and industry division

weekly ,
earnings
(Standard)

O ffice occupations

Number
of
workers

O ccupation and industry division

_______

40
26

Bookkeeping-m ach ine op e ra to rs , cla s s A

$65. 50
61. 0 0

54
41

76.00
74. 50

149
28

63. 00
70. 00
61. 50

Com ptom eter operators

_________________ _________

_ _
_

C lerk s, accounting, cla s s A
Manufacturing
Nonmanufacturing
Pu blic utilities 2 _
_

121

47
165
61
_

237
44
193

'
Nonmanufacturing ________

__ __ _____________

C lerk s, file , cla s s B
Nonmanufacturing

216

-______ ________

C lerk s, payroll ______________
Manufacturing
Nonmanufacturing

__ __

__ ______________

_

54
i7

_ __
_

_ _

22

75. 50
81. 00
71. 50

98. 50
98. 50

Tabulating-m achine op era tors, cla s s B ___________

95
----- ST—

83. 00
81. 50

59. 50
59. 6 0

Tabulating-m achine o p era tors , cla s s C ______ ____

134
109

62. 50
59. 00

55. 50

T ra n scrib in g-m a ch in e o p era tors , general ___ ___
M anufacturing
______________ __ _______ _____

155
26
135

63. 00
73. 56

135
33

64. 00
' 7'57<HT
6 1 . 00

484
165
319

55.00
84. 50
85. 50
83. 50

__

Switchboard operators

______________________________

423
7l
352
39

66.
72.
65.
75.

50
00
00
50

161
34
127
24

_

2

1 Earnings relate to regular straigh t-tim e w eekly sa la rie s that are paid fo r standard w orkw eeks.
T ran sp ortation, com m unication, and other public u tilities.




_

74. 50
72. 00
78. 00

66
27
39

30

$6 6 .0 0
70. 00“
64. 00

64. 50

4 9 .0 0
49. 00

Pu blic utilities

C lerk s, order
Manufacturing
Nonmanufacturing _____

_____

105
----- 33
72

160
24
136

53. 50
53. 00'

216

C lerk s, file , cla s s C
Nonmanufacturing ______________________________

T abulating-m achine o p era tors , c la s s A ___

Nonmanufacturing __________________

___________

79.
77.
79.
94.

00
50
50
00

56
44

63. 00
59.00

102

6 1 .0 0

485
'
28
457
37

54. 00
63. 50

D raftsm en, sen ior _______
_____________________
M anufacturing ------------ ---------------------------------------

47
45

122.00
123. 50

D raftsm en, junior _ ___ __ _
______
___
M anufacturing ___________________________________

19
18

88. 50
88.00

N u rses, industrial (reg istered )

17

100. 00

T y p is ts , c la s s B

_

__________________

________

63. 00
63. 00

387
359

____ ___ _________

___ ___

N onm anufacturing _______________________________

252
216
46

____ ____

70. 00
85. 00
6 6 . 50

51
50

69. 50

Sw itchboard op er a to r -r e c e p tio n ists ______

T y p ists, cla ss A ____________________________________

Keypunch o p e ra to rs , cla s s B ____

Manufacturing
C le rk s , file , cla s s A _
_

weekly j
earnings
(Standard)

64

Nonmanufacturing
C le rk s , accounting, cla s s B

$73. 00

21

8 6 . 00
106.00
80. 50
84. 50

212

___

117
94
92

Keypunch o p e ra to rs , cla s s A
Nonmanufacturing

Bookkeeping-m ach ine o p e ra to rs, cla ss R

Number
of

O ccupation and industry division

O ffice occupations— Continued

O ffice occupations— Continued

B ille r s , m achine (billin g m a c h in e ) __

N onm anufacturing

weekly j
earnings
(Standard)

Pu blic u tilit ie s 2 . . ____

___ ________________

54. 50
6 6 . 00

P ro fe s s io n a l and technica l occupations

____________________

8

Table A-4. Maintenance and Powerplant Occupations
(A verage straigh t-tim e hourly earnings fo r m en in s elected occupations studied on an area basis
by industry division , D es M oines, Iowa, F ebru ary 1963)
NUMBER OF WORKERS RECEIVING 8TRAIGHT-TIME HOURLY EARNINGS OF—
$
$
Average
hourly . Under 1. 90 2.00
earnings 1 $
2
and
under
1. 90
2.00 2. 10

$
2. 20

$
2. 30

*2. 40

oO
P

Number
of
workers

o
-4

O ccupation and industry d ivision

-2..3Q.

2. 40

2. 50

$
* ,
2. 50 2.60
2. 60

2.70

*2. 70

*2. 80

*2.90

*3.00

*3. 10

*3. 20

2. 80

2. 90

3.00

3. 10

3. 20

3. 30

3

C arpenters, m aintenance ---------------------------------

18

$ 3. 13

E lectricia n s, m aintenance
M a n u fa c tu r in g --------------------- —----------------------

102
90

3. 24
3. 24

“

_

_

En gin eers, s t a t io n a r y --------- —--------------------------M anufacturing --------------------------------- ------------Nonmanufacturing —---------------------------------- —

78
34
44

2.71
3. 15
2. 37

.
"

“

1
1

6
6

F irem en , stationary b o i l e r ------------------------------M anufacturing ----Nonmanufacturing -------------------------------- —------

50
32
18

2. 58
2. 85
2. 10

27
7

1
1

4
4

H elpers, m aintenance trades --------------------------M a n u fa c tu r in g ---------------------------------------------—

46
34

2 .7 2
2. 72

-

M ach in e-tool o p era tors , to o lr o o m

------------------

33
70
63

3. 24
3. 25

1

2

3. 30

M achinists, m a in t e n a n c e ---------------------------------M a n u fa c tu r in g -----------------------------------------------

1

M echanics, autom otive (m aintenance) ------------M anufacturing -----------— —
N onm anufacturing ----------------------------------------Pu blic u tilities 3 --------------------------------------

170
49
121
102

2.
2.
2.
2.

M echanics, m aintenance ------------ — — --------M a n u fa c tu r in g -----------------------------------------------

196
181
29
26

2.70
2. 70

P a inters, m aintenance --------------------------------------

18

2 .9 8

T ool and die m akers -----------------------------------------M anufacturing -----------------------------------------------

90
90

3. 60

3.70

3. 80

3. 90

4. 00

2

3

2
2

18
18

~

22
22

~

1
“

23
23

14
7

4
4

2
2

2
2

1
1

27
27

’

1
1

.
“

3
3

5
5
“

2
2
"

5
5
"

5
5

1
1

10
10
*

6
6
“

6
6
‘

“

_

“

*
*

“

3
3

.
*

3
3
“

1
1

.
“

_

1
1
“

4
4
“

12
12

2
2

.
■

"

-

“

12
12
“

“

“

~

“

“

-

-

.

1
“

2
2

6
6

16
11

3
3

10
4

8
8

.

.

.

.
-

-

.
-

-

“

“

.
-

3
3

2

1

.

15

9

8
8
3
3
“

6
6
~
15

“

13
13

35
21
14
4

18
7
11
2

64
2
62
62

7
7

22
22

6

“

6

68
68

“

59
59

.

3

_

.

.
“

2
2

.

_

6

1

_

_

5
5

4
4

-

5
5

“

.

.

2

.

2
2

2
2

-

-

“

.
“

.
“

.
-

-

.
“

*

“

“

‘

“

-

-

.

.

.

3
3

7
7

23
23

31
27
.
“

4
4

“

23
23

12
4
8
8

"

.

4

“

20
20
20

10
6
4
4

.

“

■

_
“

2
2
2

■

.

2
1

‘

.
“
“

1
1

“

~
“

1 E xcludes prem ium pay fo r o v ertim e and fo r w ork on w eekends, holidays, and late shifts.
2 W orkers w ere distributed as fo llo w s : 1 at $ 1.70 to $ 1. 80; and 6 at $ 1. 80 to $ 1. 90.
3 T ransportation, com m unication, and other public utilities.




*3. 90

4
4

"

-

-

*3. 80

3
3

2

'

5

*3. 70

6
2

3. 24
3. 24

89
90
88
88

3. 50

*3.60

“

-

-

3.40

*3. 50

~

3

3. 03
3. 01

O ile rs -----------------------------------------------------------------M a n u fa c tu r in g -----------------------------------------------

.

1

*3. 30 *3.40

12
12

.

“
1

2

2

1

2

16
16

4
4

2
2

4
4

27
27

.
-

“

.

.

.

9

Table A-5. Custodial and Material Movement Occupations
(A verage straigh t-tim e hourly earnings fo r s elected occupations studied on an area basis
by industry d ivision , D es M oines, Iowa, F ebru ary 1963)
NUMBER OF WORKERS RECEIVING STRAIGHT-TIME HOURLY EARNINGS OF—

Elevator o p era tors, passenger
(wom en) __ _____________________________

$
$
Average $
hourly . 0.70 *0.80 0.90 1.00
earnings
and
under
.80
.90 1.00 1.10

59
58

$ l .ii
1.10

-

55
41

2.32
2.50

_
-

537
329
208
40

1.93
2.19
1.50
1.91

6
6

Janitors, p o r te r s , and clea n ers
(wom en) ____ __________________________

60

1.38

-

L a b orers, m aterial handling ___________

325

Nonmanufacturing ____________________

186

O rder f i l l e r s _____ _____ _________________

184

P a ck ers, shipping ______________________
Nonmanufacturing
________ ______

94
56

2.41
2.29

R eceiving c le r k s ________________________
Manufacturing ________________________

39
18
33
22
48
24

2.07

T r u c k d r iv e r s 4 __________________________

291
161
31
22

2.06
2.03

T ru ck d riv ers, m edium (1 Vz to an<i
including 4 t o n s ) ___________________

20
22

1

9

_

1.90

2xQj[L 2.10

2.20

2.30

2.39
2.46
2.46

1.80

2.32

146
131

1

1.70

2.96

T ru ck d riv ers, light (under
IV2 tons) ____________________________
Nonmanufacturing
______ _________

-

1.60

2.68

Nnnma nn fa r hrr i ng
Public utilities 3 __________________

1.50

2.27

_ —

1.40

2.49
2.49

__________

1.30

2.47
2.40

Shipping c le r k s _________________________
Manufacturing ________________________

$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$ , $
$
1.20 1.30 *1.40 1.50 *1.60 1.70 1.80 1.90 2.00 2.10 2.20 2.30 2.40 2.50 2.60 2.70 2.80 2.90 *3.00 3.10

2.49

Guards and w atchmen ___________________
Manufacturing _____________________ __
Janitors, p o r te r s , and clea n ers
(men) ___________________________________
Manufacturing _____________ ___ _____
Nonmanufacturing _________________

Shipping and receivin g cle rk s
Nonmanufacturing

_

T r u ck d riv ers , heavy (over 4 tons,
other than tr a ile r type) __________
T ru ck ers , pow er (fork lift)

g

1
2
3
4

__________

_

-

o
o
— ( rj
<

Num
ber
of
w
orkers

O ccu p ation 1 and industry d ivision

2.50

2.70

2.80

2.90

3.00

3.10

22
22

_

4
4

_

-

4
4

_

-

-

*

2.60

3.20

10
10

32
32

_

_

_

-

1
-

-

8
3

5
5

_

-

4
*

_

-

3
3

_

-

2
-

_

-

i
-

_

-

-

-

1
-

10
10

-

10
10

li
li

30
5
25

27
7
20

11
11

52
9
43

7
7

16
7
9

31
19
12

70
44
26
8

73
63
10
10

7
2
5

-

55
52
3

61
5T“
-

60
60
-

-

_
-

-

_
-

_
-

-

-

-

-

14

17

2

2

18

-

3

1

2

-

-

-

-

l

-

-

-

. _

-

-

-

2.23

2

30

5

9

6

6

10

2

17

18

3

4

9

31

42

70

14

10

2.12

2

30

5

9

6

6

10

2

12

5

8

4

50

8

21

122

5

2

6

-

-

-

6
— 5~

_

37
-

37

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

9

-

-

6
6

-

1
1

-

-

5
5

1
-

-

2

-

-

-

-

2
2

-

72
42

7
-

-

.
-

5
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Appendix: Occupational Descriptions
The primary purpose of preparing job descriptions for the Bureau’ s wage surveys is to assist its
field staff in classifying into appropriate occupations workers who are employed under a variety of payroll
titles and different work arrangements from establishment to establishment and from area to area. This is
essential in order to permit the grouping of occupational wage rates representing comparable job content.
Because of this emphasis on interestablishment and interarea comparability of occupational content, the
Bureau’ s job descriptions may differ significantly from those in use in individual establishments or those
prepared for other purposes. In applying these job descriptions, the Bureau’ s field economists are in­
structed to exclude working supervisors, apprentices, learners, beginners, trainees, handicapped, part-time,
temporary, and probationary workers.

OFFICE
BILLER, MACHINE

BOOKKEEPING-MACHINE OPERATOR

Prepares statements, bills, and invoices on a machine other
than an ordinary or electromatic typewriter. May also keep records as
to billings or shipping charges or perform other clerical work incidental
to billing operations. For wage study purposes, billers, machine, are
classified by type of machine, as follows:

Operates a bookkeeping machine (Remington Rand, Elliott
Fisher, Sundstrand, Burroughs, National Cash Register, with or without
a typewriter keyboard) to keep a record of business transactions.
C l a s s A—
Keeps a set of records requiring a knowledge of
and experience in basic bookkeeping principles and familiarity with
the structure of the particular accounting system used. Determines
proper records and distribution of debit and credit items to be used
in each phase of-the work. May prepare consolidated reports, bal­
ance sheets, and other records by hand.

B i ll e r , m a ch in e (h illin g m a c h in e )—U s e s a special billing ma­
chine (Moon Hopkins, Elliott Fisher, Burroughs, etc., which are
combination typing and adding machines) to prepare bills and in­
voices from customers’ purchase orders, internally prepared orders,
shipping memorandums, etc. Usually involves application of prede­
termined discounts and shipping charges and entry of necessary
extensions, which may or may not be computed on the billing ma­
chine, and totals which are automatically accumulated by machine.
The operation usually involves a large number of carbon copies of
the bill being prepared and is often done on a fanfold machine.

C l a s s B —Keeps a record of one or more phases or sections of
a set of records usually requiring little knowledge of basic book­
keeping. Phases or sections include accounts payable, payroll,
customers’ accounts (not including a simple type of billing described
under biller, machine), cost distribution, expense distribution, in­
ventory control, etc. May check or assist in preparation of trial
balances and prepare control sheets for the accounting department.

B i ll e r , m a c h in e (b o o k k e e p i n g m a c h in e )—Uses a bookkeeping
machine (Sundstrand, Elliott Fisher, Remington Rand, etc., which
may or may not have typewriter keyboard) to prepare customers’
bills as part of the accounts receivable operation. Generally in­
volves the simultaneous entry of figures on customers’ ledger rec­
ord. The machine automatically accumulates figures on a number
of vertical columns and computes and usually prints automatically
the debit or credit balances. Does not involve a knowledge of book­
keeping.
Works from uniform and standard types of sales and
credit slips.




CLERK, ACCOUNTING
C l a s s A—
Under general direction of a bookkeeper or account­
ant, has responsibility for keeping one or more sections of a com­
plete set of books or records relating to one phase of an establish­
ment’ s business transactions. Work involves posting and balancing
subsidiary ledger or ledgers such as accounts receivable or accounts

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CLERK, ACCOUNTING-Continued
payable; examining and coding invoices or vouchers with proper ac­
counting distribution; and requires judgment and experience in
making proper assignations and allocations. May assist in preparing,
adjusting and closing journal entries; and may direct class B ac­
counting clerks.
C l a s s B —Under supervision, performs one or more routine ac­
counting operations such as posting simple journal vouchers or ac­
counts payable vouchers, entering vouchers in voucher registers;
reconciling bank accounts; and posting subsidiary ledgers con­
trolled by general ledgers, or posting simple cost accounting data.
This job does not require a knowledge of accounting and book­
keeping principles but is found in offices in which the more routine
accounting work is subdivided on a functional basis among several
workers.

CLERK, FILE
C l a s s A—
In an established filing system containing a number
of varied subject matter files, classifies and indexes file material
such as correspondence, reports, technical documents, etc. May
also file this material. May keep records of various types in con­
junction with the files. May lead a small group of lower level file
clerks.

C l a s s B —Sorts,

codes, and files unclassified material by sim­
ple (subject matter) headings or partly classified material by finer
subheadings. Prepares simple related index and cross-reference
aids.
As requested locates clearly identified material in files
and forwards material. May perform related clerical tasks required
to maintain and service files.

CLERK, ORDER
Receives customers’ orders for material or merchandise by mail,
phone, or personally. Duties involve a n y c o m b in a tio n o f th e f o l l o w i n g :
Quoting prices to customers; making out an order sheet listing the items
to make up the order; checking prices and quantities of items on order
sheet; and distributing order sheets to respective departments to be
filled. May check with credit department to determine credit rating of
customer, acknowledge receipt of orders from customers, follow uporders
to see that they have been filled, keep file of orders received, and check
shipping invoices with original orders.

CLERK, PAYROLL
Computes wages of company employees and enters the neces­
sary data on the payroll sheets. Duties involve: Calculating workers’
earnings based on time or production records; and posting calculated
data on payroll sheet, showing information such as worker’ s name, work­
ing days, time, rate, deductions for insurance, and total wages due.
’May make out paychecks and assist paymaster in making up and dis­
tributing pay envelopes. May use a calculating machine.

COMPTOMETER OPERATOR
Primary duty is to operate a Comptometer to perform mathema­
tical computations. This job is not to be confused with that of statis­
tical or other type of clerk, which may involve frequent use of a Comp­
tometer but, in which, use of this machine is incidental to performance
of other duties.

DUPLICATING-MACHINE OPERATOR (MIMEOGRAPH OR DITTO)
routine filing of material that has already
been classified or which is easily classified in a simple serial
classification system (e.g., alphabetical, chronological, or numer­
ical).
As requested, locates readily available material in files
and forwards material; and may fill out withdrawal charge. Per­
forms simple clerical and manual tasks required to maintain and
service files.
C la ss




C—
Performs

Under general supervision and with no supervisory responsi­
bilities, reproduces multiple copies of typewritten or handwritten matter,
using a Mimeograph or Ditto machine. Makes necessary adjustment such
as for ink and paper feed counter and cylinder speed. Is not required to
prepare stencil or Ditto master. May keep file of used stencils or Ditto
masters. May sort, collate, and staple completed material.

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KEYPUNCH OPERATOR
A—
Operates a numerical and/or alphabetical or combina­
tion keypunch machine to transcribe data from various source docu­
ments to keypunch tabulating cards. Performs same tasks as lower
level keypunch operator but in addition, work requires application of
C la ss

coding skills and the making of some determinations, for example,
locates on the source document the items to be punched; extracts
information from several documents; and searches for and interprets
information on the document to determine information to be punched.
May train inexperienced operators.

C la ss B —
Under close supervision or following specific proce­
dures or instructions, transcribes data from source documents to
punched cards. Operates a numerical and/or alphabetical or com­
bination keypunch machine to keypunch tabulating cards. May
verify cards. Working from various standardized source documents,
follows specified sequences which have been coded or prescribed
in detail and require little or no selecting, coding, or interpreting
data to be punched. Problems arising from erroneous items or codes,
missing information, etc., are referred to supervisor.

OFFICE BOY OR GIRL
Performs various routine duties such as running errands, opera­
ting minor office machines such as sealers or mailers, opening and dis­
tributing mail, and other minor clerical work.

SECRETARY
Performs secretarial and clerical duties for a superior in an
administrative or executive position. Duties include making appoint­
ments for superior; receiving people coming into office; answering and




SECRETARY — C ontinued
making phone calls; handling personal and important or confidential
mail, and writing routine correspondence on own initiative; and taking
dictation (where transcribing machine is not used) either in shorthand
or by Stenotype or similar machine, and transcribing dictation or the
recorded information reproduced on a transcribing machine. May prepare
special reports or memorandums for information of superior.

STENOGRAPHER, GENERAL
Primary duty is to take dictation from one or more persons
either in shorthand or by Stenotype or similar machine, involving a
normal routine vocabulary; and transcribe dictation. May also type from
written copy. May maintain files, keep simple records, or perform other
relatively routine clerical tasks. May operate from a stenographic pool.
Does not include transcribing-machine work. (See transcribing-machine
operator.)

STENOGRAPHER, SENIOR
Primary duty is to take dictation from one or more persons,
either in shorthand or by Stenotype or similar machine, involving a var­
ied technical or specialized vocabulary such as in legal briefs or
reports on scientific research and transcribe dictation. May also type
from written copy. May also set up and maintain files, keep records, etc.

OR

Performs stenographic duties requiring significantly greater
independence and responsibility than stenographers, general as evi­
denced by the following: Work requires high degree of stenographic
speed and accuracy; and a thorough working knowledge of general busi­
ness and office procedures and of the specific business operations,
organization, policies, procedures, files, workflow, etc. Uses this
knowledge in performing stenographic duties and responsible clerical
tasks such as, maintaining followup files; assembling material for
reports, memorandums, letters, etc.; composing simple letters from general
instructions; reading and routing incoming mail; and answering routine
questions, etc. Does not include transcribing-machine work.

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SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR
Operates a single- or multiple-position telephone switchboard.
Duties involve handling incoming, outgoing, and intraplant or office
calls. May record toll calls and take messages. May give information
to persons who call in, Or occasionally take telephone orders. For
workers who also act as receptionists see switchboard operatorreceptionist.

TABULATING-MACHINE OPERATOR-Continued
C l a s s C —Operates simple tabulating or. electrical account­
ing machines such as the sorter, reproducing punch, collator, etc.,
with specific instructions. May include simple wiring from diagrams
and some filing work. The work typically involves portions of a
work unit, for example, individual sorting or collating runs or re­
petitive operations.

SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR-RECEPTIONIST
In addition to performing duties of operator, on a single posi­
tion or monitor-type switchboard, acts as receptionist and may also type
or perform routine clerical work as part of regular duties. This typing
or clerical work may take the major part of this worker’ s time while at
switchboard.
TABULA TING-MACHINE OPERATOR
C l a s s A—
Operates a variety of tabulating or electrical ac­
counting machines, typically including such machines as the tabu­
lator, calculator, interpreter, collator, and others. Performs com­
plete reporting assignments without close supervision, and performs
difficult wiring as required. The complete reporting and tabulating
assignments typically involve a variety of long and complex re­
ports which often are of irregular or nonrecurring type requiring
some planning and sequencing of steps to be taken. As a more
experienced operator, is typically involved in training new opera­
tors in machine operations, or partially trained operators in wiring
from diagrams and operating sequences of long and complex reports,
D o e s n o t in c lu d e working supervisors performing tabulating-machine
operations a n d day-to-day supervision of the work and production
of a group of tabulating-machine operators.
C l a s s B —Operates more difficult tabulating or electrical ac­
counting machines such as the tabulator and calculator, in addition
to the sorter, reproducer, and collator. This work is performed under
specific instructions and may include the performance of some wir­
ing from diagrams. The work typically involves, for example, tabu­
lations involving a repetitive accounting exercise, a complete but
small tabulating study, or parts of a longer and more complex report.
Such reports and studies are usually of a recurring nature where
the procedures are well established. May also include the training
of new employees in the basic operation of the machine.




TRANSCRIBING-MACHINE OPERATOR, GENERAL
Primary duty is to transcribe dictation involving a normal rou­
tine vocabulary from transcribing-machine records. May also type from
written copy and do simple clerical work. Workers transcribing dictation
involving a varied technical or specialized vocabulary such as legal
briefs or reports on scientific research are not included. A worker who
takes dictation in shorthand or by Stenotype or similar machine is
classified as a stenographer, general.

TYPIST
Uses a typewriter to make copies of various material or to
make out bills after calculations have been made by another person.
May include typing of stencils, mats, or similar materials for use in'
duplicating processes. May do clerical work involving little special
training, such as keeping simple records, filing records and reports, or
sorting and distributing incoming mail.

C l a s s A—
Performs o n e o r m o re o f t h e f o l l o w i n g : Typing ma­
terial in final form when it involves combining material from several
sources err responsibility for correct spelling, syllabication, punc­
tuation, etc., of technical or unusual words or foreign language ma­
terial; and planning layout and typing of complicated statistical
tables to maintain uniformity and balance in spacing. May type
routine form letters varying details to suit circumstances.

C l a s s B—
Performs o n e o r m o re o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Copy typing
from rough or clear drafts; routine typing of forms, insurance pol­
icies, etc.; and setting up simple standard tabulations, or copying
more complex tables already set up and spaced properly.

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PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL
DRAFTSMAN, SENIOR—
Continued

DRAFTSMAN, JUNIOR
(Assistant draftsman)
Draws to scale units or parts of drawings prepared by drafts­
man or others for engineering, construction, or manufacturing purposes.
Uses various types of drafting tools as required. May prepare drawings
from simple plans or sketches, or perform other duties under direction
of a draftsman.

completed work, checking dimensions, materials to be used, and quan­
tities; writing specifications; and making adjustments or changes in
drawings or specifications. May ink in lines and letters on pencil
drawings, prepare detail units of complete drawings, or trace drawings.
Work is frequently in a specialized field such as architectural, elec­
trical, mechanical, or structural drafting.

DRAFTSMAN, LEADER
NURSE, INDUSTRIAL (REGISTERED)
Plans and directs activities of one or more draftsmen in prep­
aration of working plans and detail drawings from rough or preliminary
sketches for engineering, construction, or manufacturing purposes.
Duties involve a c o m b in a tio n o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Interpreting blueprints,
sketches, and written or verbal orders; determining work procedures;
assigning duties to subordinates and inspecting their work; and per­
forming more difficult problems. May assist subordinates during emer­
gencies or as a regular assignment, or perform related duties of a
supervisory or administrative nature.
DRAFTSMAN, SENIOR
Prepares working plans and detail drawings from notes, rough
or detailed sketches for engineering, construction, or manufacturing
purposes. Duties involve a c o m b in a tio n o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Preparing
working plans, detail drawings, maps, cross-sections, etc., to scale by
use of drafting instruments; making engineering computations such as
those involved in strength of materials, beams and trusses; verifying

A registered nurse who gives nursing service to ill or injured
employees or other persons who become ill or suffer an accident on the
premises of a factory or other establishment. Duties involve a c o m b in a ­
tio n o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Giving first aid to the ill or injured; attending to
subsequent dressing of employees’ injuries; keeping records of patients
treated; preparing accident reports for compensation or other purposes;
conducting physical examinations and health evaluations of applicants
and employees; and planning and carrying out programs involving health
education, accident prevention, evaluation of plant environment, or other
activities affecting the health, welfare, and safety of all personnel.
TRACER

Copies plans and drawings prepared by others, by placing
tracing cloth or paper over drawing and tracing with pen or pencil. Uses
T-square, compass, and other drafting tools. May prepare simple draw­
ings and do simple lettering.

MAINTENANCE AND POWERPLANT
CARPENTER, MAINTENANCE

CARPENTER, MAINTENANCE-Continued

Performs the carpentry duties necessary to construct and main­
tain in goodrepair building woodwork and equipment such as bins, cribs,
counters, benches, partitions, doors, floors, stairs, casings, and trim
made of wood in an establishment. Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g :
Planning and laying out of work from blueprints, drawings, models, or
verbal instructions; using a variety of carpenter’ s handtools, portable

power tools, and standard measuring instruments; making standard shop
computations relating to dimensions of work; and selecting materials
necessary for the work. In general, the work of the maintenance car­
penter requires rounded training and experience usually acquired through
a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.




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ELECTRICIAN, MAINTENANCE

HELPER, MAINTENANCE TRADES

Performs a variety of electrical trade functions such as the
installation, maintenance, or repair of equipment for the generating, dis­
tribution, or utilization of electric energy in an establishment. Work
involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Installing or repairing any of a variety
of electrical equipment such as generators, transformers, switchboards,
controllers, circuit breakers, motors, heating units, conduit systems,
or other transmission equipment; working from blueprints, drawings, lay­
out, or other specifications; locating and diagnosing trouble in the elec­
trical system or equipment; working standard computations relating to
load requirements of wiring or electrical equipment; and using a variety
of electrician’ s handtools and measuring and testing instruments. In
general, the work of the maintenance electrician requires rounded train­
ing and experience usually acquired through a formal apprenticeship or
equivalent training and experience.

Assists one or more workers in the skilled maintenance trades,
by performing specific or general duties of lesser skill, such as keeping
a worker supplied with materials and tools; cleaning working area, ma­
chine, and equipment; assisting worker by holding materials or tools;
and performing other unskilled tasks as directed by journeyman. The
kind of work the helper is permitted to perform varies from trade to trade:
In some trades the helper is confined to supplying, lifting, and holding
materials and tools and cleaning working areas; and in others he is per­
mitted to perform specialized machine operations, or parts of a trade
that are also performed by workers on a full-time basis.

ENGINEER, STATIONARY
Operates and maintains and may also supervise the operation
of stationary engines and equipment (mechanical or electrical) to sup­
ply the establishment in which employed with power, heat, refrigera­
tion, or air-conditioning. Work involves: Operating and maintaining
equipment such as steam engines, air compressors, generators, motors,
turbines, ventilating and refrigerating equipment, steam boilers and
boiler-fed water pumps; making equipment repairs; and keeping a record
of operation of machinery, temperature, and fuel consumption. May
a l s o supervise these operations. H e a d or c h i e f e n g i n e e r s in e s t a b l i s h ­
m e n ts e m p lo y i n g m o re than o n e e n g i n e e r are e x c l u d e d .

MACHINE-TOOL OPERATOR, TOOLROOM
Specializes in the operation of one or more types of machine
tools, such as jig borers, cylindrical or surface grinders, engine lathes,
or milling machines in the construction of machine-shop tools, gages,
jigs, fixtures, or dies. Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Planning
and performing difficult machining operations; processing items requiring
complicated setups or a high degree of accuracy; using a variety of pre­
cision measuring instruments; selecting feeds, speeds, tooling and
operation sequence; and making necessary adjustments during operation
to achieve requisite tolerances or dimensions. May be required to rec­
ognize when tools need dressing, to dress tools, and to select proper
coolants and cutting and lubricating oils. For cross-industry wage study
purposes, machine-tool operators, toolroom, in tool and die jobbing
shops are excluded from this classification.

MACHINIST, MAINTENANCE

FIREMAN, STATIONARY BOILER
Fire stationary boilers to furnish the establishment in which
employed with heat, power, or steam. Feeds fuels to fire by hand or
operates a mechanical stoker, gas, or oil burner; and checks water
and safety valve.
May clean, oil, or assist in repairing boilerroom
equipment.




Produces replacement parts and new parts in making repairs of
metal parts of mechanical equipment operated in an establishment. Work
involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Interpreting written instructions and
specifications; planning and laying out of work; using a variety of ma­
chinist’ s handtools and precision measuring instruments; setting up and
operating standard machine tools; shaping of metal parts to close toler­
ances; making standard shop computations relating to dimensions of
work, tooling, feeds and speeds of machining; knowledge of the working

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MACHINIST, M A INTEN ANC E-Continued

MILLWRIGHT

properties of the common metals; selecting standard materials, parts,
and equipment required for his work; and fitting and assembling parts
into mechanical equipment. In general, the machinist’ s work normally
requires a rounded training in machine-shop practice usually acquired
through a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.

Installs new machines or heavy equipment and dismantles and
installs machines or heavy equipment when changes in the plant layout
are required. Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Planning and laying
out of the work; interpreting blueprints or other specifications; using a
variety of handtools. and rigging; making standard shop computations re­
lating to stresses, strength of materials, and centers of gravity; alining
and balancing of equipment; selecting standard tools, equipment and
parts to be used; and installing and maintaining in good order power
transmission equipment such as drives and speed reducers. In general,
the millwright’ s work normally requires a rounded training and experi­
ence in the trade acquired through a formal apprenticeship or equivalent
training and experience.

MECHANIC, AUTOMOTIVE (MAINTENANCE)
Repairs automobiles, buses, motortrucks, and tractors of an es­
tablishment. Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Examining automotive
equipment to diagnose source of trouble; disassembling equipment and
performing repairs that involve the use of such handtools as wrenches,
gages, drills, or specialized equipment in disassembling or fitting parts;
replacing broken or defective parts from stock; grinding and adjusting
valves; reassembling and installing the various assemblies in the vehicle
and making necessary adjustments; and alining wheels, adjusting brakes
and lights, or tightening body bolts. In general, the work of the auto­
motive mechanic requires rounded training and- experience usually ac­
quired through a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and
experience.

MECHANIC, MAINTENANCE
Repairs machinery or mechanical equipment of an establishment.
Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Examining machines and mechan­
ical equipment to diagnose source of trouble; dismantling or partly dis­
mantling machines and performing repairs that mainly involve the use of
handtools in scraping and fitting parts; replacing broken or defective
parts with items obtained from stock; ordering the production of a re­
placement part by a machine shop or sending of the machine to a machine
shop for major repairs; preparing written specifications for major repairs
or for the production of parts ordered from machine shop; reassembling
machines; and making all necessary adjustments for operation. In gen­
eral, the work of a maintenance mechanic requires rounded training and
experience usually acquired through a formal apprenticeship or equiva­
lent training and experience. Excluded from this classification are
workers whose p rim a ry d u t i e s involve setting up or adjusting machines.




OILER
Lubricates, with oil or grease, the moving parts or wearing sur­
faces of. mechanical equipment of an establishment.

PAINTER, MAINTENANCE
Paints and redecorates walls, woodwork, and fixtures of an es­
tablishment. Work i n v o l v e s th e f o l l o w i n g : Knowledge of surface pecu­
liarities and types of paint required for different applications; preparing
surface for painting by removing old finish or by placing putty or filler
in nail holes and interstices; and applying paint with spray gun or brush.
May mix colors, oils, white lead, and other paint ingredients to obtain
proper color or consistency. In general, the work of the maintenance
painter requires rounded training and experience usually acquired through
a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.

PIPEFITTER, MAINTENANCE
Installs or repairs water, steam, gas, or other types of pipe and
pipefittings in an establishment. Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g :
Laying out of work and measuring to locate position of pipe from draw­
ings or other written specifications; cutting various sizes of pipe to
correct lengths with chisel and hammer or oxyacetylene torch or pipe­
cutting machine; threading pipe with stocks and dies; bending pipe by
hand-driven or power-driven machines; assembling pipe with couplings

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PIPEFITTER, MAINTENANCE-Continued

SHEET-METAL WORKER, MAINTENANCE-Continued

and fastening pipe to hangers; making standard shop computations relat­
ing to pressures, flow, and size of pipe required; and making standard
tests to determine whether finished pipes meet specifications. In general
the work of the maintenance pipefitter requires rounded training and
experience usually acquired through a formal apprenticeship or equiva­
lent training and experience. W o rk e rs p rim a r ily e n g a g e d in in s t a l li n g a n d

types of sheet-metal-working machines; using a variety of handtools in
cutting, bending, forming, shaping, fitting, and assembling; and installing
sheet-metal articles as required. In general, the work of the maintenance
sheet-metal worker requires rounded training and experience usually
acquired through a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and
experience.

r ep a ir in g b u ild in g s a n it a t io n or h e a tin g s y s t e m s are e x c l u d e d .

TOOL AND DIE MAKER
(Die maker; jig maker; tool maker; fixture maker; ghge maker)

PLUMBER, MAINTENANCE
Keeps the plumbing system of an establishment in good order.
Work involves: Knowledge of sanitary codes regarding installation of
vents and traps in plumbing system; installing or repairing pipes and
fixtures; and opening clogged drains with a plunger or plumber’ s snake.
In general, the work of the maintenance plumber requires rounded train­
ing and experience usually acquired through a formal apprenticeship or
equivalent training and experience.

SHEET-METAL WORKER, MAINTENANCE
Fabricates, installs, and maintains in good repair the sheetmetal equipment and fixtures (such as machine guards, grease pans,
shelves, lockers, tanks, ventilators, chutes, ducts, metal roofing) of an
establishment. Work involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Planning and lay­
ing out all types of sheet-metal maintenance work from blueprints,
models, or other specifications; setting up and operating all available

Constructs and repairs machine-shop tools, gages, jigs, fix­
tures or dies for forgings, punching, and other metal-forming work. Work
involves m o s t o f th e f o l l o w i n g : Planning and laying out of work from
models, blueprints, drawings, or other oral and written specifications;
using a variety of tool and die maker’ s handtools and precision meas­
uring instruments, understanding of the working properties of common
metals and alloys; setting up and operating of machine tools and related
equipment; making necessary shop computations relating to dimensions
of work, speeds, feeds, and tooling of machines; heattreating of metal
parts during fabrication as well as of finished tools and dies to achieve
required qualities; working to close tolerances; fitting and assembling
of parts to prescribed tolerances and allowances; and selecting appro­
priate materials, tools, and processes. In general, the tool and die
maker’ s work requires a rounded training in machine-shop and toolroom
practice usually acquired through a formal apprenticeship or equivalent
training and experience.
For cross-industry wage study purposes, tool and die makers
in tool and die jobbing shops are excluded from this classification.

CUSTODIAL AND MATERIAL MOVEMENT
ELEVATOR OPERATOR, PASSENGER

GUARD

Transports passengers between floors of an office building
apartment house, department store, hotel, or similar establishment.
Workers who operate elevators in conjunction with other duties such as
those of starters and janitors are excluded.

Performs routine police duties, either at fixed post or on tour,
maintaining order, using arms or force where necessary. I n c l u d e s g a t e -




m en w h o are s t a t i o n e d a t g a t e an d c h e c k o n i d e n t i t y o f e m p l o y e e s a n d
o t h e r p e r s o n s e n t e r in g .

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JANITOR, PORTER, OR CLEANER

PACKER, SHIPPING

(Sweeper; charwomen; janitress)
Cleans and keeps in an orderly condition factory working areas
and washrooms, or premises of an office, apartment house, or commercial
or other establishment. Duties involve

a c o m b in a tio n o f th e f o l l o w i n g :

Sweeping, mopping or scrubbing, and polishing floors; removing chips,
trash, and other refuse; dusting equipment, furniture, or fixtures; polish­
ing metal fixtures or trimmings; providing supplies and minor mainte­
nance services; and cleaning lavatories, showers, and restrooms. Work­
ers who specialize in window washing are excluded.

Prepares finished products for shipment or storage by placing
them in shipping containers, the specific operations performed being
dependent upon the type, size, and number of units to be packed, the
type of container employed, and method of shipment. Work requires the
placing of items in shipping containers and m a y i n v o l v e o n e or m o re o f
th e f o l l o w i n g : Knowledge of various items of stock in order to verify
content; selection of appropriate type and size of container; inserting
enclosures in container; using excelsior or other material to prevent
breakage or damage; closing and sealing container; and applying labels
or entering identifying data on container.
P a c k e r s w h o a l s o m a ke
w o o d e n b o x e s or c r a t e s a re e x c l u d e d .

LABORER, MATERIAL HANDLING
(Loader and unloader; handler and stacker; shelver; trucker; stockman or stock helper; warehouseman or warehouse helper)

SHIPPING AND RECEIVING CLERK
Prepares merchandise for shipment, or receives and is respon­

A worker employed in a warehouse, manufacturing plant, store,
or other establishment whose duties involve
in g :

o n e or m ore o f th e f o l l o w ­

Loading and unloading various materials and merchandise on or

from freight cars, trucks, or other transporting devices; unpacking, shelv­
ing, or placing materials or merchandise in proper storage location;
and transporting materials or merchandise by hand truck, car, or wheel­
barrow.

L o n g s h o r e m e n , w h o lo a d a n d u n lo a d s h i p s are e x c l u d e d .

sible for incoming shipments of merchandise or other materials.
p in g

w ork

in v o lv e s:

S h ip ­

A knowledge of shipping procedures, practices,

routes, available means of transportation and rates; and preparing
records of the goods shipped, making up bills of lading, posting weight
and shipping charges, and keeping a file of shipping records.
direct or assist in preparing the merchandise for shipment.
w ork

in v o lv e s:

May

R e c e iv in g

Verifying or directing others in verifying the correct­

ness of shipments against bills of lading, invoices, or other records;
checking for shortages and rejecting damaged goods; routing merchan­
ORDER FILLER
(Order picker; stock selector; warehouse stockman)

dise or materials to proper departments; and maintaining necessary
records and files.

Fills shipping or transfer orders for finished goods from stored
merchandise in accordance with specifications on sales slips, cus­
tomers’ orders, or other instructions.

May, in addition to filling orders

For wage study purposes, workers are classified as follows:

and indicating items filled or omitted, keep records of outgoing orders
requisition additional stock, or report short supplies to supervisor, and
perform Other related duties.




R e c e i v i n g c le r k
S h ip p in g c le r k
S h ip p in g and r e c e i v i n g c le r k

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TRUCKDRIVER

TRUCKER, POWER

Drives a truck within a city or industrial area to transport ma­
terials, merchandise, equipment, or men between various types of estab­
lishments such as: Manufacturing plants, freight depots, warehouses,
wholesale and retail establishments, or between retail establishments
and customers* houses or places of business. May also load or unload
truck with or without helpers, make minor mechanical repairs, and keep
truck in good working order. D r i v e r -s a l e s m e n a n d o v e r -t h e -r o a d d r iv e r s

Operates a manually controlled gasoline- or electric-powered
truck or tractor to transport goods and materials of all kinds about a
warehouse, manufacturing plant, or other establishment.

are e x c l u d e d .

For wage study purposes, truckdrivers are classified by size
and type of equipment, as follows: (Tractor-trailer should be rated on
the basis of trailer capacity.)

For wage study purposes, workers are classified by type of
truck, as follows:

T r u c k e r , p o w e r (fo r k lift)
T r u c k e r , p o w e r ( o t h e r than fo r k l if t )

T r u c k d r iv e r ( c o m b in a tio n o f s i z e s l i s t e d s e p a r a t e l y )
T r u c k d r iv e r , li g h t (u n d e r 1% t o n s )
T r u c k d r iv e r , m ed iu m

(iy2 to

a n d in c lu d in g

4

WATCHMAN
to n s)

T r u c k d r iv e r , h e a v y ( o v e r 4 t o n s , tra iler t y p e )
T r u c k d r iv e r , h e a v y ( o v e r 4 t o n s , o th e r than tr a ile r t y p e )




Makes rounds of premises periodically in protecting property
against fire, theft, and illegal entry.

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A lle n to w n — e th leh em —E a s to n , P a . —N. J.
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B a lt im o r e , M d. _____________________________
B ea u m on t— o r t A r t h u r , T e x . _____________
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B o is e , Id a h o _________________________________
B o s to n , M a s s . ______________________________

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C h a r le s to n , W. V a. _________________________
C h a r lo tte , N. C. _____________________________
C h a tta n ooga , T en n. —G a . __________ ________
C h ica g o , 111. ________________________________
C in cin n a ti, O h io -K y . ______________________
C le v e la n d , O h i o _____________________________
C o lu m b u s, O h i o _____________________________

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D e n v e r , C o lo . ______________________________
D es M o in e s , Iow a __________________________
D e tr o it, M ic h . ---------------------------------------------F o r t W orth , T e x . ___________________________
G r e e n B a y , W is . ___________________________
G r e e n v ille , S. C. ___________________________
H ou ston , T e x . - ________________ ______________

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J a c k s o n , M is s . _______________________
J a c k s o n v ille , F la ._____________________
K a n sa s C ity, M o .—K a n s. ____________
L a w r e n c e — a v e r h ill, M a s s . —N. H. _
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L o s A n g e le s —L on g B e a ch , C a l i f . ___
L o u is v ille ,. K y. —
Ind. __________________
L u b b o ck , T e x . _________________________
M a n c h e s te r , N. H. ____________________
M e m p h is , T en n . _______________ _______

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M ilw a u k e e , W is . ________________________________ ____
M i n n e a p o l i s —St. P a u l, M in n. _________________ ____
M u s k e g o n —M u s k e g o n H e ig h t s , M i c h . ________ ____
N e w a r k and J e r s e y Cit y, N. J. _______________ ____
N e w H aven, Conn. ___________________________________
N e w O r l e a n s , La. ___________________________________
N e w Y o r k , N. Y __________________________________ ____
N o r f o lk —P o r t s m o u t h and N e w p o r t N ew s—
H am pto n , Va. ______________________ ___________ ____
O k la h o m a City, O kla . __________________________ ____

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N.J. _________________________ ____
P h o e n i x , A r i z . __________________________________ ____
P it t s b u r g h , P a . _________________________________ ____
P o r t l a n d , M a in e ________________________________ ____
P o r t l a n d , O r e g . —W a s h . ________________________ ____
P r o v i d e n c e — a w t u c k e t , R. T.—M a s s . . __ _ ____
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W a sh in gton, D. C . —M d . —Va. __________________ ____
W a t e r b u r y , Conn.
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