Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-2099 Physical Scientists, All Other

All physical 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)
23,030 2.0 % $46.00 $95,670 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.31 $30.24 $45.21 $58.78 $72.76
Annual Wage (2) $46,400 $62,900 $94,030 $122,270 $151,340


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) 7,930 0.40 $51.30 $106,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,500 0.19 $33.20 $69,050
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,160 0.65 $54.66 $113,690
State Government (OES Designation) 1,650 0.08 $35.60 $74,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises 810 0.04 $64.03 $133,190

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 4,160 0.65 $54.66 $113,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,930 0.40 $51.30 $106,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,500 0.19 $33.20 $69,050
State Government (OES Designation) 1,650 0.08 $35.60 $74,040
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 240 0.06 $43.42 $90,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $72.35 $150,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 810 0.04 $64.03 $133,190
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,160 0.65 $54.66 $113,690
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 180 0.05 $52.57 $109,340
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,930 0.40 $51.30 $106,700


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 2,830 0.19 1.10 $47.31 $98,400
Maryland 2,110 0.83 4.85 $49.81 $103,610
Michigan 1,750 0.43 2.51 $33.20 $69,050
Illinois 1,260 0.22 1.29 $52.91 $110,050
Texas 1,240 0.11 0.65 $42.73 $88,880



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 610 0.90 5.29 $59.02 $122,760
Maryland 2,110 0.83 4.85 $49.81 $103,610
Michigan 1,750 0.43 2.51 $33.20 $69,050
Alaska 140 0.43 2.52 $39.18 $81,500
Indiana 950 0.33 1.92 $32.90 $68,420



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 610 0.90 5.29 $59.02 $122,760
Hawaii 120 0.20 1.18 $53.58 $111,440
Virginia 1,120 0.31 1.80 $53.32 $110,910
Illinois 1,260 0.22 1.29 $52.91 $110,050
Tennessee 70 0.02 0.14 $50.58 $105,200




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 2,310 0.97 5.69 $51.49 $107,100
Ann Arbor, MI 1,400 6.83 40.09 $31.55 $65,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.30 1.78 $54.85 $114,090
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 700 1.24 7.26 $58.63 $121,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 500 1.17 6.85 $41.93 $87,210
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 470 1.64 9.65 $41.30 $85,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.11 0.63 $48.88 $101,680
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 400 0.30 1.79 $38.08 $79,210
Baltimore-Towson, MD 380 0.30 1.74 $55.83 $116,120
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 380 0.36 2.12 $54.32 $112,990



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)
Ann Arbor, MI 1,400 6.83 40.09 $31.55 $65,620
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 470 1.64 9.65 $41.30 $85,910
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 700 1.24 7.26 $58.63 $121,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 500 1.17 6.85 $41.93 $87,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,310 0.97 5.69 $51.49 $107,100
Champaign-Urbana, IL 90 0.96 5.61 $33.14 $68,930
Charlottesville, VA 80 0.79 4.65 $45.31 $94,250
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 70 0.64 3.73 $31.68 $65,890
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 130 0.59 3.46 $43.15 $89,750
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 50 0.50 2.94 $51.42 $106,950



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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 700 1.24 7.26 $58.63 $121,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.24 1.40 $58.26 $121,180
Honolulu, HI 100 0.23 1.34 $57.44 $119,470
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.42 $56.59 $117,710
Baltimore-Towson, MD 380 0.30 1.74 $55.83 $116,120
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.08 0.48 $55.70 $115,850
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $55.15 $114,700
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.30 1.78 $54.85 $114,090
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 380 0.36 2.12 $54.32 $112,990
Huntsville, AL 50 0.22 1.27 $54.23 $112,800

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 1.44 8.44 $35.39 $73,610
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 2.67 $36.50 $75,920
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.75 (8) (8)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.90 $26.22 $54,550
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.06 $33.85 $70,410

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 1.44 8.44 $35.39 $73,610
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 3.10 $41.35 $86,010
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 2.67 $36.50 $75,920
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.90 $26.22 $54,550
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.06 $33.85 $70,410

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 3.10 $41.35 $86,010
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 2.67 $36.50 $75,920
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 1.44 8.44 $35.39 $73,610
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.06 $33.85 $70,410
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.87 $55,890


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015