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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


National estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Industry profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Geographic profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

National estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
17,200 2.1 % $ 33.90 $ 70,510 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 20.06 $ 25.31 $ 31.90 $ 39.74 $ 51.12
Annual Wage (2) $ 41,720 $ 52,630 $ 66,350 $ 82,670 $ 106,320


Industry profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,110 0.32 $ 29.38 $ 61,120
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,860 0.19 $ 42.49 $ 88,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,630 0.11 $ 34.67 $ 72,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,210 0.02 $ 36.15 $ 75,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 850 0.03 $ 33.68 $ 70,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 570 0.39 $ 27.55 $ 57,310
Social Advocacy Organizations 720 0.33 $ 27.10 $ 56,360
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,110 0.32 $ 29.38 $ 61,120
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,860 0.19 $ 42.49 $ 88,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,630 0.11 $ 34.67 $ 72,110

Top paying industries for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,860 0.19 $ 42.49 $ 88,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 250 0.02 $ 38.70 $ 80,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 680 0.09 $ 37.79 $ 78,610
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,210 0.02 $ 36.15 $ 75,190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,630 0.11 $ 34.67 $ 72,110


Geographic profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,940 0.61 4.90 $ 39.41 $ 81,960
California 1,630 0.10 0.80 $ 39.19 $ 81,520
Florida 1,580 0.19 1.51 $ 25.53 $ 53,100
Oregon 880 0.49 3.94 $ 37.07 $ 77,100
Alaska 730 2.47 19.96 $ 38.92 $ 80,950




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 730 2.47 19.96 $ 38.92 $ 80,950
Wyoming 260 0.97 7.88 $ 31.00 $ 64,490
Montana 340 0.74 6.01 $ 32.73 $ 68,070
Washington 1,940 0.61 4.90 $ 39.41 $ 81,960
Idaho 380 0.53 4.29 $ 33.38 $ 69,430




Top paying states for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 90 0.12 1.01 $ 54.48 $ 113,310
Massachusetts 370 0.11 0.88 $ 45.37 $ 94,380
New Jersey 110 0.03 0.24 $ 40.35 $ 83,920
Hawaii 270 0.46 3.75 $ 40.02 $ 83,250
Maryland 330 0.13 1.04 $ 39.93 $ 83,050





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 780 0.40 3.21 $ 42.74 $ 88,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 520 0.22 1.80 $ 37.71 $ 78,440
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 510 0.39 3.17 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.18 1.47 $ 26.90 $ 55,950
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 290 2.62 21.19 $ 36.00 $ 74,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 0.72 $ 50.08 $ 104,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 270 0.24 1.91 $ 41.26 $ 85,830
Anchorage, AK 210 1.30 10.49 $ 36.95 $ 76,860
Urban Honolulu, HI 210 0.51 4.12 $ 42.40 $ 88,190
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 200 0.08 0.65 $ 36.31 $ 75,520




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Corvallis, OR 120 3.29 26.60 $ 36.99 $ 76,930
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 290 2.62 21.19 $ 36.00 $ 74,880
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 100 2.23 18.07 $ 37.70 $ 78,410
Wenatchee, WA 80 1.68 13.58 $ 37.38 $ 77,740
Barnstable Town, MA 130 1.44 11.62 $ 50.91 $ 105,890
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.35 10.90 $ 29.42 $ 61,190
Anchorage, AK 210 1.30 10.49 $ 36.95 $ 76,860
Flagstaff, AZ 70 1.27 10.25 $ 29.46 $ 61,290
Walla Walla, WA 30 1.22 9.90 $ 32.95 $ 68,530
Bangor, ME 60 1.03 8.36 $ 30.77 $ 64,000




Top paying metropolitan areas for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 30 0.23 1.88 $ 53.28 $ 110,830
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.06 0.45 $ 52.25 $ 108,680
Barnstable Town, MA 130 1.44 11.62 $ 50.91 $ 105,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 0.72 $ 50.08 $ 104,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.13 1.06 $ 44.59 $ 92,750
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 160 0.06 0.49 $ 44.48 $ 92,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.10 $ 44.13 $ 91,780
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 43.54 $ 90,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 780 0.40 3.21 $ 42.74 $ 88,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 0.17 $ 42.43 $ 88,260

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 180 1.74 14.07 $ 36.79 $ 76,530
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 1.39 11.22 $ 35.56 $ 73,970
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 1.43 11.59 $ 32.13 $ 66,830
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.74 6.01 $ 32.86 $ 68,360
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.34 10.84 $ 34.77 $ 72,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 1.96 15.86 $ 33.47 $ 69,620
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 180 1.74 14.07 $ 36.79 $ 76,530
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 13.59 $ 34.85 $ 72,490
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.44 11.62 $ 33.74 $ 70,170
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 1.43 11.59 $ 32.13 $ 66,830

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 40.76 $ 84,770
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 180 1.74 14.07 $ 36.79 $ 76,530
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.85 6.84 $ 35.67 $ 74,200
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 1.39 11.22 $ 35.56 $ 73,970
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 35.28 $ 73,390


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021