Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-2021 Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.


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)
10,800 6.5 % $42.38 $88,140 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.71 $30.15 $41.84 $51.77 $62.38
Annual Wage (2) $49,320 $62,710 $87,030 $107,680 $129,750


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) 2,960 0.15 $46.81 $97,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,500 0.40 $45.28 $94,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,040 0.07 $37.54 $78,070
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,440 0.23 $35.49 $73,810
Radio and Television Broadcasting 730 0.34 $40.38 $83,990

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 2,500 0.40 $45.28 $94,190
Radio and Television Broadcasting 730 0.34 $40.38 $83,990
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,440 0.23 $35.49 $73,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,960 0.15 $46.81 $97,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,040 0.07 $37.54 $78,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 160 0.01 $51.72 $107,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $49.64 $103,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,960 0.15 $46.81 $97,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,500 0.40 $45.28 $94,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $44.03 $91,580


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)
Colorado 1,800 0.79 9.65 $45.38 $94,400
California 1,290 0.09 1.07 $43.92 $91,350
Maryland 860 0.34 4.16 $44.64 $92,860
Texas 730 0.07 0.82 $31.77 $66,090
Massachusetts 550 0.17 2.05 $42.75 $88,920




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)
Colorado 1,800 0.79 9.65 $45.38 $94,400
Alaska 110 0.36 4.37 $43.06 $89,570
Maryland 860 0.34 4.16 $44.64 $92,860
Montana 90 0.20 2.50 $37.11 $77,200
South Dakota 80 0.19 2.35 $39.02 $81,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 240 0.07 0.81 $50.42 $104,870
New Jersey 80 0.02 0.27 $49.80 $103,580
Missouri 130 0.05 0.62 $47.40 $98,580
Illinois 350 0.06 0.74 $47.04 $97,850
Oregon 100 0.06 0.74 $46.24 $96,180





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)
Boulder, CO 1,540 9.44 115.90 $45.99 $95,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.29 3.51 $45.44 $94,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 310 0.18 2.20 $38.05 $79,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.98 (8) (8)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.45 5.53 $45.08 $93,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 240 0.09 1.07 $29.92 $62,230
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 190 0.22 2.75 $51.95 $108,070
Oklahoma City, OK 190 0.31 3.85 $47.26 $98,300
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 2.11 $37.73 $78,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 160 0.13 1.54 $38.46 $80,000




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)
Boulder, CO 1,540 9.44 115.90 $45.99 $95,660
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 140 1.04 12.70 $40.02 $83,230
Rapid City, SD 50 0.82 10.12 $37.12 $77,210
Reno-Sparks, NV 120 0.61 7.51 $46.89 $97,520
Billings, MT 40 0.48 5.88 $32.41 $67,410
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 5.94 $41.36 $86,020
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.45 5.53 $45.08 $93,760
Asheville, NC 60 0.36 4.46 $46.21 $96,110
Oklahoma City, OK 190 0.31 3.85 $47.26 $98,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.29 3.51 $45.44 $94,520




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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.45 $64.64 $134,460
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 190 0.22 2.75 $51.95 $108,070
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.79 $51.28 $106,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 0.71 $50.03 $104,060
Oklahoma City, OK 190 0.31 3.85 $47.26 $98,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $47.14 $98,050
Reno-Sparks, NV 120 0.61 7.51 $46.89 $97,520
Asheville, NC 60 0.36 4.46 $46.21 $96,110
Boulder, CO 1,540 9.44 115.90 $45.99 $95,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.29 3.51 $45.44 $94,520


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