Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1099 Life Scientists, All Other

All life 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)
8,940 3.7 % $35.93 $74,740 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.58 $23.87 $31.41 $44.03 $60.66
Annual Wage (2) $40,730 $49,640 $65,330 $91,590 $126,170


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,520 0.09 $33.43 $69,540
State Government (OES Designation) 1,360 0.06 $28.22 $58,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,070 0.17 $38.93 $80,980
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 700 0.26 $37.23 $77,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 520 0.03 $43.17 $89,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 700 0.26 $37.23 $77,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,070 0.17 $38.93 $80,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,520 0.09 $33.43 $69,540
State Government (OES Designation) 1,360 0.06 $28.22 $58,710
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 240 0.06 $43.86 $91,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $53.23 $110,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 0.01 $51.15 $106,390
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 240 0.06 $43.86 $91,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises 520 0.03 $43.17 $89,800
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $41.45 $86,210


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 1,100 0.08 1.12 $42.76 $88,940
North Carolina 1,060 0.27 4.00 $29.94 $62,280
Minnesota 1,000 0.38 5.52 $31.68 $65,880
Massachusetts 640 0.20 2.89 $37.32 $77,620
Maryland 610 0.24 3.52 $38.54 $80,160




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)
Rhode Island 270 0.59 8.59 $27.26 $56,690
Alaska 180 0.55 8.04 $28.43 $59,140
Minnesota 1,000 0.38 5.52 $31.68 $65,880
North Carolina 1,060 0.27 4.00 $29.94 $62,280
Maryland 610 0.24 3.52 $38.54 $80,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 40 0.01 0.14 $56.40 $117,320
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $44.41 $92,380
New Jersey 310 0.08 1.21 $43.00 $89,440
California 1,100 0.08 1.12 $42.76 $88,940
Washington 390 0.14 2.06 $40.54 $84,330





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.34 5.02 $34.47 $71,690
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 580 2.13 31.09 $28.35 $58,960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 460 0.27 3.95 $41.21 $85,710
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 290 0.21 2.99 $42.86 $89,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 290 0.32 4.69 (8) (8)
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 270 0.50 7.22 $27.26 $56,690
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.46 6.64 $45.31 $94,250
Baltimore-Towson, MD 250 0.20 2.88 $34.03 $70,780
Raleigh-Cary, NC 160 0.32 4.60 $29.66 $61,700
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 2.15 $48.46 $100,800




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 580 2.13 31.09 $28.35 $58,960
Anchorage, AK 120 0.69 10.10 $27.71 $57,640
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 270 0.50 7.22 $27.26 $56,690
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.46 6.64 $45.31 $94,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.34 5.02 $34.47 $71,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 290 0.32 4.69 (8) (8)
Raleigh-Cary, NC 160 0.32 4.60 $29.66 $61,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 460 0.27 3.95 $41.21 $85,710
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.24 3.57 $27.89 $58,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 290 0.21 2.99 $42.86 $89,160




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)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.07 0.99 $50.46 $104,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.31 $49.14 $102,200
New Haven, CT 30 0.12 1.73 $48.47 $100,810
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 2.15 $48.46 $100,800
Morgantown, WV (8) (8) (8) $46.40 $96,510
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.42 $45.36 $94,350
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.46 6.64 $45.31 $94,250
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 60 0.08 1.15 $44.45 $92,450
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.05 $91,620
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $42.88 $89,190


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.

(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