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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


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)
13,460 4.4 % $36.63 $76,190 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.40 $25.38 $33.16 $45.58 $59.93
Annual Wage (2) $40,360 $52,790 $68,970 $94,800 $124,660


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)
Other Food Manufacturing 1,990 0.89 $37.62 $78,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,500 0.06 $39.55 $82,250
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,280 0.85 $32.88 $68,400
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,140 1.89 $41.05 $85,370
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,120 0.16 $42.05 $87,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,140 1.89 $41.05 $85,370
Other Food Manufacturing 1,990 0.89 $37.62 $78,240
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,280 0.85 $32.88 $68,400
Animal Food Manufacturing 330 0.51 $35.22 $73,270
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 770 0.46 $35.57 $73,980

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) 80 (7) $49.37 $102,700
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 160 0.05 $44.27 $92,070
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 190 0.05 $43.17 $89,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,120 0.16 $42.05 $87,460
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,140 1.89 $41.05 $85,370


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 1,980 0.11 1.25 $37.47 $77,940
New Jersey 1,340 0.33 3.57 $37.67 $78,360
Illinois 890 0.15 1.62 $45.92 $95,500
Texas 670 0.05 0.58 $32.75 $68,130
Minnesota 630 0.22 2.39 $39.07 $81,260




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)
New Jersey 1,340 0.33 3.57 $37.67 $78,360
Nebraska 290 0.30 3.26 $33.10 $68,850
Minnesota 630 0.22 2.39 $39.07 $81,260
Iowa 320 0.21 2.24 $33.21 $69,070
South Dakota 90 0.20 2.18 $27.74 $57,690




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 50 0.07 0.80 $48.46 $100,790
Maryland 420 0.16 1.71 $46.64 $97,010
Illinois 890 0.15 1.62 $45.92 $95,500
Ohio 600 0.11 1.20 $42.21 $87,800
Connecticut 40 0.03 0.29 $42.11 $87,590





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,340 0.14 1.51 $39.27 $81,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 770 0.16 1.80 $46.88 $97,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 460 0.17 1.83 $34.03 $70,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 410 0.07 0.72 $37.89 $78,810
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 310 0.09 0.93 $34.46 $71,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 270 0.10 1.04 $43.35 $90,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 250 0.08 0.84 $46.17 $96,020
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 220 0.16 1.78 $45.82 $95,300
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 200 0.20 2.20 $34.88 $72,550
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 200 0.40 4.38 $36.56 $76,050




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)
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 70 1.18 12.83 $32.24 $67,050
Logan, UT-ID 50 0.95 10.32 $20.66 $42,980
Napa, CA 70 0.86 9.43 $31.96 $66,470
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.79 8.66 $38.89 $80,890
Merced, CA 60 0.74 8.11 $39.57 $82,310
Visalia-Porterville, CA 80 0.49 5.36 (8) (8)
Cedar Rapids, IA 70 0.48 5.27 $34.35 $71,440
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 200 0.40 4.38 $36.56 $76,050
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 180 0.33 3.56 $32.86 $68,350
St. Cloud, MN 30 0.30 3.25 (8) (8)




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)
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 0.72 $48.84 $101,580
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 770 0.16 1.80 $46.88 $97,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 250 0.08 0.84 $46.17 $96,020
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 220 0.16 1.78 $45.82 $95,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.12 1.28 $45.64 $94,930
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 190 0.18 1.92 $43.86 $91,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.08 0.87 $43.68 $90,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $43.59 $90,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 270 0.10 1.04 $43.35 $90,170
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.22 2.45 $43.23 $89,930

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.09 11.87 $34.43 $71,620
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.21 2.29 $27.07 $56,300
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 3.98 $31.82 $66,180
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.09 (8) (8)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.99 $33.29 $69,240

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.09 11.87 $34.43 $71,620
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 5.17 $39.05 $81,220
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 4.40 $20.62 $42,880
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.09 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 3.98 $31.82 $66,180

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 5.17 $39.05 $81,220
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.09 11.87 $34.43 $71,620
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.89 $70,500
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.99 $33.29 $69,240
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.14 $31.94 $66,420


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020