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

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 Conservation Scientists
Industry profile for Conservation Scientists
Geographic profile for Conservation Scientists

National estimates for Conservation Scientists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Conservation Scientists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
22,020 1.9 % $ 33.18 $ 69,020 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Conservation Scientists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.86 $ 24.01 $ 30.78 $ 39.78 $ 48.24
Annual Wage (2) $ 39,230 $ 49,930 $ 64,020 $ 82,740 $ 100,350


Industry profile for Conservation Scientists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Conservation Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 6,510 0.31 $ 39.27 $ 81,690
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,200 0.10 $ 27.54 $ 57,280
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,020 0.23 $ 29.00 $ 60,320
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,960 1.35 $ 33.54 $ 69,750
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 570 0.04 $ 33.88 $ 70,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Conservation Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,960 1.35 $ 33.54 $ 69,750
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 6,510 0.31 $ 39.27 $ 81,690
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,020 0.23 $ 29.00 $ 60,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,200 0.10 $ 27.54 $ 57,280
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.07 $ 25.68 $ 53,410

Top paying industries for Conservation Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $ 46.21 $ 96,130
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 6,510 0.31 $ 39.27 $ 81,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 140 0.02 $ 35.42 $ 73,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 570 0.04 $ 33.88 $ 70,480
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,960 1.35 $ 33.54 $ 69,750


Geographic profile for Conservation Scientists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Conservation Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,910 0.16 1.00 $ 29.09 $ 60,500
California 1,270 0.08 0.49 $ 39.66 $ 82,500
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.23 1.45 (8) (8)
Colorado 1,190 0.46 2.92 $ 37.33 $ 77,640
Washington 900 0.28 1.77 $ 33.56 $ 69,800




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Conservation Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 520 1.15 7.28 $ 34.21 $ 71,160
Alaska 330 1.10 6.93 $ 37.42 $ 77,840
South Dakota 410 0.99 6.28 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Wyoming 220 0.82 5.20 $ 35.44 $ 73,710
Mississippi 880 0.82 5.17 $ 27.21 $ 56,590




Top paying states for Conservation Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 140 0.21 1.30 $ 43.34 $ 90,150
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.23 $ 41.54 $ 86,400
Maryland 380 0.15 0.95 $ 40.68 $ 84,610
California 1,270 0.08 0.49 $ 39.66 $ 82,500
Oregon 680 0.38 2.39 $ 38.18 $ 79,420





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Conservation Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fort Collins, CO 620 3.95 24.93 $ 36.45 $ 75,820
Jackson, MS 570 2.25 14.24 $ 26.69 $ 55,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 1.07 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
Austin-Round Rock, TX 450 0.42 2.67 $ 27.94 $ 58,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 370 0.04 0.27 $ 37.52 $ 78,050
Baton Rouge, LA 360 0.98 6.20 $ 30.49 $ 63,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 340 0.08 0.50 $ 27.94 $ 58,110
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.28 1.75 $ 41.48 $ 86,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 310 0.12 0.73 $ 31.35 $ 65,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 290 0.13 0.80 $ 44.73 $ 93,030




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Conservation Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fort Collins, CO 620 3.95 24.93 $ 36.45 $ 75,820
Jackson, MS 570 2.25 14.24 $ 26.69 $ 55,510
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 240 2.16 13.67 $ 33.71 $ 70,120
Missoula, MT 90 1.58 10.00 $ 37.77 $ 78,560
Anchorage, AK 200 1.19 7.53 $ 35.48 $ 73,790
Corvallis, OR 40 1.13 7.16 $ 45.86 $ 95,380
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.04 6.57 $ 29.88 $ 62,150
Baton Rouge, LA 360 0.98 6.20 $ 30.49 $ 63,420
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 30 0.81 5.12 $ 27.42 $ 57,020
Duluth, MN-WI 100 0.80 5.08 $ 36.57 $ 76,060




Top paying metropolitan areas for Conservation Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.30 $ 51.52 $ 107,170
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.10 0.62 $ 49.33 $ 102,600
Springfield, MA-CT 40 0.13 0.83 $ 47.53 $ 98,850
Boulder, CO 140 0.78 4.91 $ 47.43 $ 98,660
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.14 0.86 $ 47.36 $ 98,520
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.26 $ 46.72 $ 97,180
Corvallis, OR 40 1.13 7.16 $ 45.86 $ 95,380
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $ 44.76 $ 93,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 290 0.13 0.80 $ 44.73 $ 93,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 1.07 $ 44.67 $ 92,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Conservation Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.84 11.65 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.52 9.62 $ 34.51 $ 71,790
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.40 8.86 $ 26.46 $ 55,040
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 2.13 13.43 $ 32.11 $ 66,780
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.27 14.34 $ 31.60 $ 65,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Conservation Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.27 14.34 $ 31.60 $ 65,730
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 2.13 13.43 $ 32.11 $ 66,780
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.84 11.65 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.58 9.96 $ 33.31 $ 69,280
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.52 9.62 $ 34.51 $ 71,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Conservation Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 5.30 $ 40.40 $ 84,030
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 40.24 $ 83,690
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 2.71 $ 38.02 $ 79,090
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 2.33 $ 38.00 $ 79,040
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 5.99 $ 37.59 $ 78,190


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.

(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 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