Important: SOC codes are different than Risk Class Codes (RCC) for Workers' Compensation.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a federal coding system that helps government agencies and private businesses compare occupational data.
SOC codes differ from North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, as NAICS codes identify the primary activity of your business, whereas SOC codes identify the primary duties of the workers employed in your business.
Some states require employers to report SOC codes on quarterly forms. Gusto will automatically include these codes on quarterly forms, as long as they’re entered in Gusto.
Use the drop-downs below to view more information on states that require these codes and how to enter them in Gusto.
If you're in a state that doesn't use SOC codes, you won't have the option to add them to your employee's profile.
If a SOC code needs to be added in Gusto, you can do so at any time. If you're in a state that doesn't use SOC codes, you won't have the option to add them to your employee's profile.
If an employee performs multiple job functions or duties, choose the code for the job function that requires the highest level of skill or education. If the skill levels are the same, report the occupation in which the employee spends the most time.
For employees who change jobs during the quarter because of transfers, promotions, demotions, or reclassification, report only their last occupation. More information can be found here.
If you don’t see a to-do notification on your dashboard:
If you're experiencing any issues when entering your SOC code, contact us from the Help or Priority Support section of your account.
Q: What if my employee no longer works in WA, but Gusto is still asking for a SOC code?
A: Enter any SOC code for them—because the employee's address is no longer in WA, we won't report any information (including the SOC code) to the WA agency.