Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Animal Scientists ; Food Scientists and Technologists ; Soil and Plant Scientists ; Biochemists and Biophysicists ; Microbiologists ; Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists ; Biological Scientists, All Other ; Conservation Scientists ; Foresters ; Epidemiologists ; Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists ; Life Scientists, All Other ; Astronomers ; Physicists ; Atmospheric and Space Scientists ; Chemists ; Materials Scientists ; Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health ; Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers ; Hydrologists ; Physical Scientists, All Other ; Economists ; Survey Researchers ; Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists ; Industrial-Organizational Psychologists ; Psychologists, All Other ; Sociologists ; Urban and Regional Planners ; Anthropologists and Archeologists ; Geographers ; Historians ; Political Scientists ; Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other ; Agricultural and Food Science Technicians ; Biological Technicians ; Chemical Technicians ; Geological and Petroleum Technicians ; Nuclear Technicians ; Social Science Research Assistants ; Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health ; Forensic Science Technicians ; Forest and Conservation Technicians ; Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,135,030 0.8 % $33.37 $69,400 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.24 $20.63 $29.26 $41.90 $55.90
Annual Wage (2) $31,700 $42,900 $60,860 $87,160 $116,280


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 176,570 27.94 $38.25 $79,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 138,350 6.89 $36.86 $76,660
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 131,090 4.47 $27.09 $56,350
State Government (OES Designation) 81,190 3.70 $27.20 $56,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 77,210 1.41 $29.33 $61,000

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 176,570 27.94 $38.25 $79,550
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 46,150 16.63 $36.53 $75,970
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 11,040 7.69 $31.48 $65,480
Oil and Gas Extraction 14,500 7.53 $61.23 $127,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 138,350 6.89 $36.86 $76,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Depository Credit Intermediation 140 0.01 $62.41 $129,800
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 210 0.05 $61.84 $128,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 14,500 7.53 $61.23 $127,360
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $57.06 $118,680
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 380 2.22 $56.62 $117,780


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 179,750 12.22 1.43 $37.64 $78,300
Texas 80,770 7.40 0.86 $35.28 $73,380
New York 65,940 7.64 0.89 $31.88 $66,310
Pennsylvania 50,310 8.96 1.05 $32.62 $67,860
Massachusetts 49,670 15.25 1.78 $37.17 $77,310




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 20,650 31.01 3.62 $47.18 $98,140
Alaska 6,640 20.59 2.41 $33.75 $70,200
Delaware 7,170 17.41 2.03 $38.34 $79,750
Montana 7,500 17.07 1.99 $26.25 $54,590
Maryland 41,810 16.50 1.93 $39.60 $82,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 20,650 31.01 3.62 $47.18 $98,140
Maryland 41,810 16.50 1.93 $39.60 $82,360
Connecticut 12,520 7.66 0.89 $39.55 $82,260
Delaware 7,170 17.41 2.03 $38.34 $79,750
New Jersey 34,900 9.13 1.07 $38.28 $79,630





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 42,120 17.79 2.08 $45.49 $94,630
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 36,810 21.04 2.46 $37.96 $78,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 36,080 9.08 1.06 $36.62 $76,170
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 34,960 6.67 0.78 $35.14 $73,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 30,350 11.01 1.29 $43.42 $90,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 24,380 18.89 2.21 $37.49 $77,990
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 24,240 13.17 1.54 $35.29 $73,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 21,310 20.38 2.38 $45.63 $94,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 20,350 5.50 0.64 $33.81 $70,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 17,990 12.41 1.45 $34.54 $71,840