Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
9,070 4.2 % $38.40 $79,870 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.92 $25.73 $33.92 $47.13 $62.19
Annual Wage (2) $43,520 $53,510 $70,550 $98,030 $129,350


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)
Employment Services 1,340 0.04 $41.90 $87,140
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $31.10 $64,700
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,100 0.17 $42.32 $88,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 380 0.01 $37.40 $77,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $54.13 $112,580

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 1,100 0.17 $42.32 $88,030
State Government (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $31.10 $64,700
Other Food Manufacturing 100 0.05 $51.01 $106,100
Employment Services 1,340 0.04 $41.90 $87,140
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 110 0.04 $46.84 $97,430

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) 360 0.02 $54.13 $112,580
Other Food Manufacturing 100 0.05 $51.01 $106,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $49.09 $102,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $48.84 $101,580
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing (8) (8) $47.85 $99,530


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 1,870 0.12 1.83 $45.62 $94,890
Massachusetts 800 0.24 3.59 $34.44 $71,640
North Carolina 620 0.15 2.28 $38.96 $81,040
Michigan 560 0.14 2.06 $31.54 $65,610
Minnesota 560 0.20 3.09 $31.73 $66,000



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)
Alaska 170 0.53 8.08 $29.88 $62,160
North Dakota 150 0.33 4.99 $24.53 $51,030
Massachusetts 800 0.24 3.59 $34.44 $71,640
Minnesota 560 0.20 3.09 $31.73 $66,000
North Carolina 620 0.15 2.28 $38.96 $81,040



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 40 0.01 0.21 $56.97 $118,490
Maryland 380 0.15 2.25 $51.94 $108,030
Alabama 40 0.02 0.28 $51.44 $107,000
Texas 280 0.02 0.37 $46.59 $96,910
California 1,870 0.12 1.83 $45.62 $94,890




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 700 0.40 6.06 $34.22 $71,180
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 540 1.88 28.59 $40.22 $83,660
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.43 6.47 $46.52 $96,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 440 0.33 4.96 $43.78 $91,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.18 2.73 $33.73 $70,150
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 290 0.04 0.68 $41.51 $86,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 1.20 $41.87 $87,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.24 3.63 $52.48 $109,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.88 $44.26 $92,060
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 200 0.34 5.18 $51.70 $107,530



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 540 1.88 28.59 $40.22 $83,660
Anchorage, AK 120 0.67 10.13 $28.99 $60,300
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.43 6.47 $46.52 $96,760
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 700 0.40 6.06 $34.22 $71,180
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 60 0.35 5.26 $43.58 $90,640
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 200 0.34 5.18 $51.70 $107,530
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 440 0.33 4.96 $43.78 $91,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.24 3.63 $52.48 $109,160
Richmond, VA 140 0.23 3.53 $30.35 $63,130
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.19 2.87 $41.43 $86,180



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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.46 $54.30 $112,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.24 3.63 $52.48 $109,160
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 200 0.34 5.18 $51.70 $107,530
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 130 0.11 1.72 $51.37 $106,840
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.43 6.47 $46.52 $96,760
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $44.77 $93,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.88 $44.26 $92,060
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.15 2.32 $43.92 $91,360
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.62 $43.89 $91,290
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 440 0.33 4.96 $43.78 $91,070


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016