Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-2099 Physical Scientists, All Other

All physical scientists not listed separately.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
24,690 2.4 % $46.05 $95,780 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.13 $32.75 $45.57 $58.32 $70.72
Annual Wage (2) $48,110 $68,130 $94,780 $121,300 $147,100


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,460 0.42 $50.30 $104,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,080 0.83 $50.47 $104,970
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,710 0.10 $33.30 $69,260
State Government (OES Designation) 2,010 0.09 $35.20 $73,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,370 0.11 $36.16 $75,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,080 0.83 $50.47 $104,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,460 0.42 $50.30 $104,620
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 480 0.12 $39.56 $82,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,370 0.11 $36.16 $75,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,710 0.10 $33.30 $69,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 250 0.02 $54.54 $113,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.06 $51.27 $106,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,080 0.83 $50.47 $104,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,460 0.42 $50.30 $104,620
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 100 0.03 $49.77 $103,530


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,370 0.17 0.87 $49.89 $103,780
Maryland 1,860 0.76 3.89 $55.67 $115,790
Texas 1,390 0.14 0.71 $39.95 $83,100
New York 1,260 0.15 0.78 $42.91 $89,250
Wisconsin 1,170 0.45 2.31 $38.90 $80,920




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 700 1.10 5.65 $58.37 $121,410
Maryland 1,860 0.76 3.89 $55.67 $115,790
Alaska 160 0.52 2.67 $34.60 $71,970
Wisconsin 1,170 0.45 2.31 $38.90 $80,920
Virginia 1,110 0.31 1.62 $53.47 $111,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 160 0.10 0.50 $60.23 $125,270
District of Columbia 700 1.10 5.65 $58.37 $121,410
Maryland 1,860 0.76 3.89 $55.67 $115,790
Virginia 1,110 0.31 1.62 $53.47 $111,210
California 2,370 0.17 0.87 $49.89 $103,780

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.77 3.98 $59.04 $122,800
Madison, WI 960 2.97 15.30 $39.67 $82,510
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 8.02 $57.31 $119,200
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 680 0.19 0.98 $44.41 $92,370
Durham, NC 650 2.44 12.55 $38.23 $79,510
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.50 2.59 $51.47 $107,060
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 610 1.44 7.42 $40.39 $84,010
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 500 0.41 2.08 $46.74 $97,220
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 430 0.45 2.33 $42.21 $87,790
Denver-Aurora, CO 430 0.36 1.87 $44.90 $93,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madison, WI 960 2.97 15.30 $39.67 $82,510
Durham, NC 650 2.44 12.55 $38.23 $79,510
Champaign-Urbana, IL 160 1.59 8.18 $37.16 $77,300
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 8.02 $57.31 $119,200
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 610 1.44 7.42 $40.39 $84,010
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.41 7.28 $34.67 $72,120
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 60 0.96 4.95 $36.28 $75,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.77 3.98 $59.04 $122,800
Ann Arbor, MI 120 0.63 3.25 $40.87 $85,000
Anchorage, AK 100 0.61 3.12 $34.77 $72,310




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.46 2.38 $68.26 $141,980
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 50 0.36 1.86 $64.68 $134,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.77 3.98 $59.04 $122,800
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 80 0.15 0.77 $57.58 $119,760
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 8.02 $57.31 $119,200
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $53.07 $110,380
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.50 2.59 $51.47 $107,060
Knoxville, TN 50 0.15 0.79 $51.38 $106,880
Dayton, OH 160 0.44 2.24 $51.11 $106,310
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 150 0.09 0.46 $50.30 $104,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.28 $53.61 $111,510
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 3.79 $43.59 $90,670
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.03 $26.30 $54,700
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.31 $30.67 $63,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 3.79 $43.59 $90,670
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.28 $53.61 $111,510
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.03 $26.30 $54,700
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.31 $30.67 $63,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.28 $53.61 $111,510
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 3.79 $43.59 $90,670
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.31 $30.67 $63,790
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.03 $26.30 $54,700
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.60 $42,860


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011