This morning I got a question via IM. The patron needed to know statistics or figures about the wages/salaries of workers in the retail industry. The first place I thought of was the Bureau of Labor Statistcs. As it turns out, they have data on a variety of retail sectors, but I knew that the patron was researching the book store retail industry, so I pointed the person to those specific statistics. The tables for each industry contain occupational employment and wage estimates that are calculated with data collected from employers of all sizes.
While looking for the answer to the patron’s question, I stumbles upon a recent report comparing different sectors of the retail industry. The report is called “Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Highlights: An Occupational Comparison of Selected Retail Trade Industries“, and it may be useful to those researching this topic.