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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Animal Scientists ; Food Scientists and Technologists ; Soil and Plant Scientists ; Biochemists and Biophysicists ; Microbiologists ; Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists ; Biological Scientists, All Other ; Conservation Scientists ; Foresters ; Epidemiologists ; Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists ; Life Scientists, All Other ; Astronomers ; Physicists ; Atmospheric and Space Scientists ; Chemists ; Materials Scientists ; Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health ; Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers ; Hydrologists ; Physical Scientists, All Other ; Economists ; Survey Researchers ; Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists ; Industrial-Organizational Psychologists ; Psychologists, All Other ; Sociologists ; Urban and Regional Planners ; Anthropologists and Archeologists ; Geographers ; Historians ; Political Scientists ; Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other ; Agricultural and Food Science Technicians ; Biological Technicians ; Chemical Technicians ; Geological and Petroleum Technicians ; Nuclear Technicians ; Social Science Research Assistants ; Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health ; Forensic Science Technicians ; Forest and Conservation Technicians ; Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,171,910 0.7 % $36.62 $76,160 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.85 $22.74 $31.77 $45.77 $61.22
Annual Wage (2) $35,050 $47,310 $66,070 $95,210 $127,340


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 180,870 26.83 $42.11 $87,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 136,140 6.79 $39.89 $82,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 129,270 4.25 $29.58 $61,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 85,680 1.56 $32.69 $67,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80,110 3.68 $30.08 $62,570

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 180,870 26.83 $42.11 $87,580
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 45,790 15.56 $40.39 $84,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 136,140 6.79 $39.89 $82,960
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 23,760 6.55 $34.27 $71,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,820 6.25 $57.34 $119,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 380 0.03 $73.43 $152,730
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,820 6.25 $57.34 $119,270
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 480 0.05 $56.91 $118,370
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,370 0.28 $56.68 $117,890
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 590 3.18 $54.17 $112,670


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 177,450 10.43 1.29 $41.18 $85,640
Texas 80,990 6.69 0.83 $36.97 $76,890
New York 67,740 7.22 0.89 $36.67 $76,270
Massachusetts 53,530 14.99 1.85 $40.99 $85,270
Pennsylvania 45,730 7.82 0.97 $36.98 $76,930




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 22,960 32.23 3.98 $52.97 $110,170
Alaska 5,980 18.96 2.34 $35.92 $74,720
Montana 8,020 17.30 2.14 $26.91 $55,970
Maryland 41,280 15.38 1.90 $44.82 $93,210
Massachusetts 53,530 14.99 1.85 $40.99 $85,270




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 22,960 32.23 3.98 $52.97 $110,170
New Jersey 37,160 9.18 1.13 $47.68 $99,170
Maryland 41,280 15.38 1.90 $44.82 $93,210
Virginia 32,480 8.47 1.05 $41.21 $85,720
California 177,450 10.43 1.29 $41.18 $85,640





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 70,380 7.41 0.92 $43.61 $90,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 61,760 19.70 2.43 $51.24 $106,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 46,870 7.66 0.95 $40.64 $84,530
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 46,620 16.90 2.09 $41.48 $86,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 37,300 15.42 1.90 $46.92 $97,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30,730 10.79 1.33 $41.37 $86,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 29,650 9.94 1.23 $40.88 $85,020
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 28,960 6.24 0.77 $34.66 $72,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 23,530 16.08 1.99 $40.67 $84,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 20,390 10.27 1.27 $38.23 $79,520