Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-1031 Conservation Scientists

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).


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)
18,590 1.5 % $30.45 $63,330 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.82 $22.70 $29.43 $36.02 $43.62
Annual Wage (2) $37,070 $47,230 $61,220 $74,930 $90,740


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) 6,830 0.34 $35.79 $74,440
State Government (OES Designation) 4,820 0.22 $25.20 $52,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,250 0.06 $26.32 $54,750
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,650 0.83 $29.19 $60,720
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 580 0.05 $33.48 $69,640

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,650 0.83 $29.19 $60,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,830 0.34 $35.79 $74,440
State Government (OES Designation) 4,820 0.22 $25.20 $52,410
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 120 0.08 $31.04 $64,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,250 0.06 $26.32 $54,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 0.04 $38.05 $79,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $37.44 $77,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,830 0.34 $35.79 $74,440
Employment Services 100 (7) $33.80 $70,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 580 0.05 $33.48 $69,640


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)
Texas 1,740 0.16 1.14 $26.59 $55,300
California 1,440 0.10 0.70 $36.33 $75,560
Washington 1,050 0.37 2.66 $27.70 $57,620
Colorado 1,030 0.45 3.20 $30.75 $63,970
Wisconsin 710 0.26 1.86 $30.83 $64,130




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)
Montana 500 1.14 8.14 $29.60 $61,570
South Dakota 280 0.71 5.04 $27.44 $57,080
Wyoming 190 0.69 4.95 $28.70 $59,690
Mississippi 530 0.49 3.52 $25.47 $52,970
North Dakota 190 0.45 3.22 $30.53 $63,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 140 0.44 3.17 $43.67 $90,830
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.35 $39.44 $82,030
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $38.95 $81,030
California 1,440 0.10 0.70 $36.33 $75,560
New Hampshire 50 0.08 0.54 $35.89 $74,640





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 480 0.20 1.45 $37.21 $77,400
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 410 0.48 3.42 $26.79 $55,730
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 390 2.86 20.39 $31.20 $64,900
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 340 0.41 2.91 $34.30 $71,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.17 1.19 $31.51 $65,550
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 1.07 $28.37 $59,010
Madison, WI 250 0.74 5.26 $31.41 $65,340
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 250 0.19 1.37 $31.51 $65,540
Jackson, MS 240 0.98 6.96 $25.81 $53,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 230 0.08 0.59 $26.24 $54,570




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)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 390 2.86 20.39 $31.20 $64,900
Olympia, WA 220 2.30 16.41 $29.33 $61,010
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 100 2.26 16.15 $26.00 $54,080
Corvallis, OR 70 2.14 15.29 $37.98 $79,000
Missoula, MT 70 1.31 9.35 $30.69 $63,830
Longview, WA 30 1.03 7.32 $24.09 $50,100
Jackson, MS 240 0.98 6.96 $25.81 $53,690
Flagstaff, AZ 50 0.95 6.77 $30.85 $64,170
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 40 0.83 5.94 $23.23 $48,320
Grand Junction, CO 50 0.81 5.81 $29.01 $60,350




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)
Anchorage, AK 70 0.38 2.73 $47.04 $97,840
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.62 $46.43 $96,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $45.51 $94,650
Springfield, MA-CT 40 0.13 0.96 $45.40 $94,440
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $45.08 $93,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 70 0.05 0.38 $44.67 $92,910
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.17 1.24 $42.80 $89,030
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.66 $41.81 $86,960
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.06 0.42 $41.04 $85,350
Albuquerque, NM 60 0.17 1.20 $40.51 $84,270

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 180 1.50 10.68 $28.18 $58,610
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.39 2.78 $29.93 $62,260
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 3.99 $28.53 $59,350
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.01 14.35 $22.17 $46,120
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.79 12.75 $26.12 $54,340

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)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.35 16.78 $25.60 $53,260
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.34 16.71 $26.09 $54,270
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.26 16.14 $27.29 $56,760
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.01 14.35 $22.17 $46,120
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.84 13.12 $26.18 $54,450

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.50 3.54 $36.80 $76,550
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.19 $35.72 $74,300
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 2.25 $35.16 $73,140
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 2.74 $35.06 $72,920
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.92 6.60 $34.19 $71,120


About May 2013 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014