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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-2021 Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.


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)
9,290 3.8 % $46.71 $97,160 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.89 $33.68 $45.86 $57.26 $70.75
Annual Wage (2) $49,700 $70,050 $95,380 $119,110 $147,160


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,830 0.14 $49.18 $102,300
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,470 0.20 $38.87 $80,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,320 0.19 $54.09 $112,500
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,080 0.50 $47.14 $98,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 990 0.03 $44.90 $93,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,080 0.50 $47.14 $98,050
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,470 0.20 $38.87 $80,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,320 0.19 $54.09 $112,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,830 0.14 $49.18 $102,300
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 30 0.06 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 30 0.01 $56.49 $117,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,320 0.19 $54.09 $112,500
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 120 0.01 $50.74 $105,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,830 0.14 $49.18 $102,300
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,080 0.50 $47.14 $98,050


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)
Colorado 970 0.36 5.72 (8) (8)
California 830 0.05 0.76 $59.89 $124,570
Texas 660 0.05 0.84 $48.54 $100,960
Maryland 600 0.22 3.54 $51.50 $107,130
Florida 460 0.05 0.82 $46.72 $97,180




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)
Alaska 160 0.51 8.03 $42.95 $89,340
Colorado 970 0.36 5.72 (8) (8)
Wyoming 80 0.31 4.84 $41.96 $87,280
Oklahoma 350 0.22 3.46 $39.66 $82,490
Maryland 600 0.22 3.54 $51.50 $107,130




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 40 0.05 0.86 $65.80 $136,860
California 830 0.05 0.76 $59.89 $124,570
Virginia 290 0.07 1.18 $54.62 $113,620
New York 360 0.04 0.59 $51.53 $107,180
Maryland 600 0.22 3.54 $51.50 $107,130





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 640 0.20 3.17 $54.20 $112,730
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 520 0.05 0.85 $51.34 $106,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 350 0.06 0.90 $65.15 $135,520
Oklahoma City, OK 290 0.47 7.39 $40.33 $83,880
Kansas City, MO-KS 280 0.26 4.05 $41.35 $86,010
Fort Collins, CO 240 1.47 23.25 $45.81 $95,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.12 1.84 $38.01 $79,060
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 210 0.06 0.90 $51.36 $106,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 170 0.05 0.86 $49.87 $103,730
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 150 0.05 0.84 $47.60 $99,000




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)
Fort Collins, CO 240 1.47 23.25 $45.81 $95,280
Anchorage, AK 110 0.61 9.66 $41.67 $86,670
Oklahoma City, OK 290 0.47 7.39 $40.33 $83,880
Lubbock, TX 40 0.29 4.58 $39.46 $82,080
Wichita, KS 90 0.28 4.48 $33.25 $69,150
Kansas City, MO-KS 280 0.26 4.05 $41.35 $86,010
Jackson, MS 60 0.24 3.72 $39.62 $82,400
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 50 0.21 3.32 $45.36 $94,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 640 0.20 3.17 $54.20 $112,730
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.19 3.04 $42.65 $88,720




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 350 0.06 0.90 $65.15 $135,520
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.06 0.94 $57.77 $120,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 50 0.02 0.29 $57.53 $119,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $54.99 $114,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 640 0.20 3.17 $54.20 $112,730
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.07 1.15 $52.62 $109,450
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 0.03 0.50 $51.92 $107,990
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 210 0.06 0.90 $51.36 $106,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 520 0.05 0.85 $51.34 $106,780
Urban Honolulu, HI 60 0.13 2.06 $51.13 $106,350

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 3.64 $43.71 $90,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 1.37 $41.25 $85,810

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 3.64 $43.71 $90,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 1.37 $41.25 $85,810

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 3.64 $43.71 $90,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 1.37 $41.25 $85,810


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.

(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