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How to Add a SOC Code to an Employee
How to Add a SOC Code to an Employee

Steps to add a SOC Code to an employee’s profile.

Written by Melissa Compagnon
Updated over a week ago

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes are used to classify workers based on their job duties and responsibilities. The Department of Labor (DOL) uses the SOC system to organize occupational data into different occupational categories.

States that require SOC codes

The number of states mandating the inclusion of employee SOC codes in payroll tax reports is increasing.

Certain states require that employers report the SOC code to their respective state unemployment insurance agency, aiding in the assessment of eligibility for unemployment benefits.



Additional Information

Requires employers to provide a geographic code and occupational code for their employees.

Geographic codes represent where the employee works the majority of their time.

Occupational codes are six-digits that are assigned based on the employee’s work.

Optional for employers to assign and report employee SOC codes with payroll tax reports.

Employers who choose to report employee SOC codes can follow the federal guidelines.

Requires employers to assign SOC codes to employees.

Employers follow the federal guidelines for SOC codes.

Requires employers to assign SOC codes to employees.

Use South Carolina's SOC code lookup tool.

Requires employers to assign SOC codes to employees.

Employees who are exempt from WA unemployment are not required to assign SOC codes.

Requires employers to assign SOC codes to employees.

Employers follow the federal guidelines for SOC codes.

Add a SOC Code to Your Employee

This article will guide you through adding the SOC code to your employee’s profile.

  1. Log in to your Fingercheck account as an Administrator.

  2. In the left-hand menu, select Employees.

  3. Click on the employee’s name.

  4. Under Personal, select Position & Rates.

  5. Scroll down to the section EEOC & Classification Information.

  6. Click the pencil icon to add the SOC Code.

  7. Select the SOC Code by:

    • Scrolling through the list

    • Typing position or industry

    • Entering the SOC Code

  8. Click Save.

GIF showing adding SOC code to the employee's profile.

Please note Fingercheck can’t assist with determining the employee’s SOC code. If you need help, please check out

Create a SOC code custom report

You can create a custom report to spot any employees without a SOC code.

  1. Log in to your Fingercheck account as an Administrator.

  2. Hover over the REPORTS tab.

  3. Select Company.

  4. Click +Custom Report.

  5. Scroll through the reports and select the EmpTax report.

  6. Enter a Code.

  7. Click Start.

  8. Drag and drop employee contact details that should be included in the report.

  9. Click Save Report.

For more details on creating custom reports with Fingercheck, check out How to Create a Custom Report


What is SOC?

SOC stands for Standard Occupational Classification, a system used to categorize and classify occupations based on the work performed. It provides a standardized framework for collecting and reporting occupational data.

Why is SOC important?

SOC is crucial for various purposes, including labor market analysis, workforce planning, statistical research, and government program administration. It helps ensure consistency and accuracy in reporting occupational information.

How are SOC codes assigned?

SOC codes are assigned based on the nature of work performed in a particular occupation. The classification considers factors such as job duties, skills required, and educational qualifications.

How often are SOC codes updated?

SOC codes are periodically updated to reflect changes in the workforce and emerging occupations. Updates help keep the classification system current and aligned with evolving job roles.

How is SOC different from NAICS?

While SOC classifies occupations, NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) categorizes businesses based on their economic activities. SOC focuses on job roles, while NAICS focuses on industries.

How can employers use SOC codes?

Employers use SOC codes for workforce planning, job description creation, and recruitment. It helps ensure accurate job postings, aligning the skills needed with the appropriate SOC code.

Can SOC codes change for an occupation?

Yes, SOC codes can change for occupations, especially when there are shifts in job duties, skills required, or emerging roles in the workforce. It's essential to stay informed about updates in the classification system.

Please note that these FAQs provide general information, and individuals are encouraged to refer to official documentation and authorities for specific details and guidance regarding SOC codes.

Watch a short video about adding SOC codes and creating a custom report:

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