Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
13,330 5.9 % $34.89 $72,570 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.00 $24.35 $31.39 $42.86 $57.04
Annual Wage (2) $39,510 $50,660 $65,300 $89,150 $118,630


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,010 0.08 $38.08 $79,200
Other Food Manufacturing 1,760 0.79 $34.02 $70,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,320 0.20 $39.28 $81,690
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,100 0.75 $30.67 $63,780
Grain and Oilseed Milling 980 1.65 $38.17 $79,400

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 980 1.65 $38.17 $79,400
Other Food Manufacturing 1,760 0.79 $34.02 $70,760
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,100 0.75 $30.67 $63,780
Animal Food Manufacturing 380 0.61 $34.46 $71,670
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 320 0.42 $32.64 $67,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $57.68 $119,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 80 (7) $48.09 $100,040
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $42.07 $87,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 280 0.08 $40.25 $83,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 240 0.08 $39.99 $83,180


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 2,240 0.13 1.43 $34.90 $72,580
New Jersey 1,180 0.29 3.17 $37.77 $78,560
Illinois 760 0.13 1.37 $43.13 $89,700
Ohio 640 0.12 1.29 $37.96 $78,950
Georgia 630 0.14 1.55 $31.49 $65,500




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)
Nebraska 300 0.31 3.35 $34.66 $72,100
New Jersey 1,180 0.29 3.17 $37.77 $78,560
South Dakota 90 0.21 2.26 $26.99 $56,150
Kansas 280 0.21 2.23 $36.72 $76,380
Iowa 320 0.21 2.28 $32.38 $67,360




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 (8) (8) (8) $46.91 $97,570
Illinois 760 0.13 1.37 $43.13 $89,700
Massachusetts 290 0.08 0.89 $42.16 $87,700
Maryland 550 0.20 2.21 $42.08 $87,530
Vermont 60 0.19 2.07 $41.52 $86,360





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 1,110 0.12 1.27 $37.63 $78,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 650 0.14 1.51 $44.66 $92,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 490 0.18 2.00 $32.00 $66,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 390 0.06 0.70 $35.73 $74,310
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 360 0.15 1.62 $36.31 $75,530
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 310 0.23 2.49 $39.87 $82,920
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 300 0.08 0.91 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 280 0.10 1.11 $43.07 $89,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 0.93 $44.64 $92,860
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 260 0.53 5.80 $35.08 $72,970




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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 60 1.31 14.25 $37.63 $78,270
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 60 0.92 9.97 $31.53 $65,580
Logan, UT-ID 50 0.85 9.20 $20.94 $43,560
Merced, CA 50 0.70 7.59 $36.21 $75,320
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.64 6.91 $42.23 $87,840
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 260 0.53 5.80 $35.08 $72,970
Cedar Rapids, IA 50 0.37 3.97 $34.05 $70,820
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.34 3.65 $37.39 $77,770
Evansville, IN-KY 50 0.30 3.30 $40.36 $83,950
Salinas, CA 50 0.29 3.14 $34.08 $70,890




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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 650 0.14 1.51 $44.66 $92,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 0.93 $44.64 $92,860
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 280 0.10 1.11 $43.07 $89,580
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.64 6.91 $42.23 $87,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $41.95 $87,260
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 180 0.17 1.80 $41.64 $86,600
Evansville, IN-KY 50 0.30 3.30 $40.36 $83,950
Kansas City, MO-KS 170 0.16 1.74 $40.00 $83,200
Fresno, CA 60 0.15 1.61 $39.87 $82,920
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 310 0.23 2.49 $39.87 $82,920

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 2.04 $28.62 $59,530
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 2.77 $29.98 $62,370
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 2.56 $25.70 $53,450
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.16 1.70 $30.99 $64,450
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.17 $24.33 $50,600

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 5.89 $43.06 $89,570
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.17 $24.33 $50,600
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 3.99 $21.56 $44,850
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.04 $31.28 $65,060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.90 $26.00 $54,080

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 40 0.54 5.89 $43.06 $89,570
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.18 $75,250
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.52 $71,790
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.89 $32.40 $67,380
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.04 $31.28 $65,060


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019