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

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

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 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; Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health; Geological and Hydrologic Technicians; Nuclear Technicians; Social Science Research Assistants; Forest and Conservation Technicians; Forensic Science Technicians; Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other; Occupational Health and Safety Specialists; Occupational Health and Safety Technicians


National estimates for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Industry profile for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Geographic profile for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

National estimates for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,296,060 0.7 % $ 38.15 $ 79,360 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.76 $ 24.05 $ 33.54 $ 47.60 $ 63.64
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,930 $ 50,020 $ 69,760 $ 99,010 $ 132,370


Industry profile for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 197,820 26.29 $ 44.44 $ 92,430
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 144,220 6.93 $ 42.00 $ 87,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 125,010 4.12 $ 30.63 $ 63,710
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 94,070 1.74 $ 33.86 $ 70,420
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 87,790 3.99 $ 31.60 $ 65,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 197,820 26.29 $ 44.44 $ 92,430
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 44,030 14.77 $ 39.42 $ 81,990
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 26,700 7.43 $ 35.67 $ 74,190
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 144,220 6.93 $ 42.00 $ 87,350
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 9,340 5.47 $ 32.89 $ 68,400

Top paying industries for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 300 0.03 $ 69.72 $ 145,020
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 620 0.07 $ 66.47 $ 138,250
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 480 2.45 $ 60.85 $ 126,570
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,270 5.03 $ 58.41 $ 121,490
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,810 0.53 $ 56.19 $ 116,870


Geographic profile for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 188,940 11.50 1.23 $ 43.66 $ 90,800
Texas 103,830 8.58 0.92 $ 36.32 $ 75,550
New York 68,440 7.87 0.85 $ 39.00 $ 81,110
Massachusetts 55,850 16.67 1.79 $ 44.76 $ 93,110
Pennsylvania 50,410 9.15 0.98 $ 36.31 $ 75,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 24,340 35.42 3.80 $ 53.70 $ 111,700
Alaska 6,700 22.62 2.43 $ 37.48 $ 77,950
Montana 8,480 18.62 2.00 $ 28.92 $ 60,160
Maryland 44,020 17.45 1.87 $ 46.08 $ 95,840
Wyoming 4,410 16.84 1.81 $ 31.37 $ 65,250




Top paying states for Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 24,340 35.42 3.80 $ 53.70 $ 111,700
Maryland 44,020 17.45 1.87 $ 46.08 $ 95,840
Massachusetts 55,850 16.67 1.79 $ 44.76 $ 93,110
New Jersey 41,230 10.90 1.17 $ 43.74 $ 90,980
California 188,940 11.50 1.23 $ 43.66 $ 90,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

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 72,700 8.23 0.88 $ 43.02 $ 89,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 62,720 20.75 2.23 $ 52.76 $ 109,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 48,800 8.38 0.90 $ 43.50 $ 90,480
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 48,610 18.68 2.01 $ 45.59 $ 94,820
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 40,600 17.42 1.87 $ 51.53 $ 107,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 33,040 11.13 1.19 $ 42.07 $ 87,500
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 32,180 7.38 0.79 $ 37.98 $ 78,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 29,670 11.00 1.18 $ 42.00 $ 87,360
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 25,170 17.98 1.93 $ 41.69 $ 86,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 23,940 6.67 0.72 $ 35.38 $ 73,580




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, MI 1,210 39.09 4.20 $ 44.48 $ 92,520
Corvallis, OR 1,240 35.29 3.79 $ 31.09 $ 64,670
Fairbanks, AK 1,070 34.74 3.73 $ 34.79 $ 72,360
Boulder, CO 6,280 34.63 3.72 $ 49.37 $ 102,690
College Station-Bryan, TX 3,680 33.95 3.64 $ 24.90 $ 51,790
Athens-Clarke County, GA 2,850 33.64 3.61 (8) (8)
Idaho Falls, ID 2,270 33.04 3.55 $ 33.13 $ 68,920
Ithaca, NY 1,480 32.23 3.46 $ 33.13 $ 68,910
Kennewick-Richland, WA 3,650 32.04 3.44 $ 43.75 $ 90,990
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 9,730 31.40 3.37 $ 38.94 $ 80,990