Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

11-9121 Natural Sciences Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields. Excludes "Architecture and Engineering Managers" (11-9041) and "Computer and Information Systems Managers" (11-3021).


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)
48,560 1.8 % $62.69 $130,400 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.27 $42.67 $55.64 $75.34 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $65,040 $88,750 $115,730 $156,720 (5)


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 12,250 1.94 $79.30 $164,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,080 0.49 $53.97 $112,270
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,580 1.71 $62.92 $130,870
State Government (OES Designation) 3,250 0.15 $35.81 $74,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,070 0.11 $47.10 $97,970

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 12,250 1.94 $79.30 $164,950
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,580 1.71 $62.92 $130,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,080 0.49 $53.97 $112,270
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 630 0.34 $89.82 $186,820
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 80 0.24 $58.59 $121,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 130 0.01 $90.94 $189,150
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 630 0.34 $89.82 $186,820
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $89.42 $186,000
Oil and Gas Extraction 250 0.14 $88.57 $184,230
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.04 $85.80 $178,460


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 8,330 0.58 1.56 $78.30 $162,860
New Jersey 2,990 0.79 2.11 $80.99 $168,460
Massachusetts 2,580 0.80 2.16 $84.43 $175,620
Maryland 2,340 0.93 2.50 $62.02 $129,000
North Carolina 2,040 0.52 1.41 $65.71 $136,670




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 950 1.46 3.91 $59.50 $123,760
Delaware 590 1.46 3.93 $86.98 $180,920
Alaska 420 1.33 3.56 $47.72 $99,260
Maryland 2,340 0.93 2.50 $62.02 $129,000
Connecticut 1,390 0.86 2.30 $67.61 $140,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 590 1.46 3.93 $86.98 $180,920
Massachusetts 2,580 0.80 2.16 $84.43 $175,620
New Jersey 2,990 0.79 2.11 $80.99 $168,460
California 8,330 0.58 1.56 $78.30 $162,860
Pennsylvania 1,600 0.29 0.77 $75.37 $156,780





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 2,350 1.00 2.69 $64.32 $133,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,060 1.20 3.23 $85.99 $178,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.66 4.45 $91.23 $189,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,540 1.22 3.28 $88.48 $184,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.25 0.68 $69.70 $144,970
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,220 2.18 5.84 $64.27 $133,690
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,140 4.18 11.21 $71.65 $149,040
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.03 2.77 $84.54 $175,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 980 0.54 1.45 $84.09 $174,900
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 930 0.66 1.77 $66.68 $138,700




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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,140 4.18 11.21 $71.65 $149,040
Corvallis, OR 100 3.00 8.05 $56.63 $117,800
Olympia, WA 230 2.45 6.56 $41.83 $87,000
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,220 2.18 5.84 $64.27 $133,690
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 1.83 4.91 $88.14 $183,340
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 180 1.82 4.89 $70.79 $147,240
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 390 1.81 4.85 $71.74 $149,220
Boulder, CO 290 1.81 4.86 $78.39 $163,060
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.66 4.45 $91.23 $189,760
New Haven, CT 420 1.54 4.13 $55.84 $116,140




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)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 170 1.08 2.89 $92.70 $192,810
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.66 4.45 $91.23 $189,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,540 1.22 3.28 $88.48 $184,030
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 1.83 4.91 $88.14 $183,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 760 0.85 2.27 $87.15 $181,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,060 1.20 3.23 $85.99 $178,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.03 2.77 $84.54 $175,840
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 910 0.95 2.56 $84.46 $175,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 980 0.54 1.45 $84.09 $174,900
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 290 0.23 0.63 $81.20 $168,900

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 400 1.39 3.74 $45.39 $94,410
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.08 2.89 $43.60 $90,690
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.14 $39.06 $81,250
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.10 5.65 $47.23 $98,240
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.21 3.25 $43.89 $91,290

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.10 5.65 $47.23 $98,240
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 400 1.39 3.74 $45.39 $94,410
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.21 3.25 $43.89 $91,290
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.08 2.89 $43.60 $90,690
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.02 2.75 $42.17 $87,710

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.50 $58.54 $121,760
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 0.97 $55.50 $115,440
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 0.82 $50.29 $104,600
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.95 $48.97 $101,860
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.91 $101,730


About May 2012 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013