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

19-3022 Survey Researchers

Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams. Excludes "Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists" (13-1161) and "Statisticians" (15-2041).


National estimates for Survey Researchers
Industry profile for Survey Researchers
Geographic profile for Survey Researchers

National estimates for Survey Researchers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Survey Researchers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,350 5.4 % $ 32.19 $ 66,960 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Survey Researchers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.33 $ 21.48 $ 28.79 $ 39.34 $ 53.32
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,970 $ 44,680 $ 59,870 $ 81,830 $ 110,910


Industry profile for Survey Researchers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Survey Researchers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Survey Researchers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Survey Researchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,460 0.61 $ 30.83 $ 64,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,010 0.27 $ 39.05 $ 81,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,260 0.04 $ 28.00 $ 58,230
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 510 0.03 $ 32.72 $ 68,050
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 420 0.02 $ 32.50 $ 67,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Survey Researchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,460 0.61 $ 30.83 $ 64,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,010 0.27 $ 39.05 $ 81,230
Social Advocacy Organizations 210 0.10 $ 28.40 $ 59,060
Other Information Services 220 0.06 (8) (8)
Educational Support Services 100 0.05 $ 34.63 $ 72,030

Top paying industries for Survey Researchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,010 0.27 $ 39.05 $ 81,230
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 80 0.03 $ 38.96 $ 81,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 (7) $ 36.87 $ 76,680
Grantmaking and Giving Services 60 0.04 $ 36.74 $ 76,430
Employment Services 40 (7) $ 36.45 $ 75,820


Geographic profile for Survey Researchers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Survey Researchers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Survey Researchers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Survey Researchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,090 0.19 2.60 $ 30.87 $ 64,220
California 1,000 0.06 0.82 $ 32.57 $ 67,750
Georgia 740 0.17 2.30 $ 26.01 $ 54,110
Massachusetts 710 0.21 2.83 $ 31.14 $ 64,770
Maryland 680 0.27 3.65 $ 42.38 $ 88,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Survey Researchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 400 0.58 7.82 $ 43.04 $ 89,510
Maryland 680 0.27 3.65 $ 42.38 $ 88,140
Minnesota 670 0.25 3.33 $ 33.18 $ 69,020
Connecticut 370 0.24 3.26 $ 27.41 $ 57,000
Massachusetts 710 0.21 2.83 $ 31.14 $ 64,770




Top paying states for Survey Researchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 30 0.02 0.31 $ 43.70 $ 90,890
District of Columbia 400 0.58 7.82 $ 43.04 $ 89,510
Maryland 680 0.27 3.65 $ 42.38 $ 88,140
New York 540 0.06 0.83 $ 40.77 $ 84,810
New Jersey 340 0.09 1.20 $ 38.22 $ 79,500





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Survey Researchers:

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 1,170 0.39 5.19 $ 42.10 $ 87,570
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,090 0.25 3.36 $ 30.89 $ 64,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 690 0.26 3.56 $ 31.05 $ 64,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 670 0.25 3.42 $ 27.06 $ 56,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.35 4.75 $ 32.98 $ 68,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.72 $ 42.22 $ 87,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.28 3.71 (8) (8)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 300 0.11 1.49 $ 29.85 $ 62,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.11 1.43 $ 42.01 $ 87,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.04 0.51 $ 32.87 $ 68,360




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Survey Researchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Trenton, NJ 130 0.58 7.78 (8) (8)
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.46 6.14 $ 34.23 $ 71,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,170 0.39 5.19 $ 42.10 $ 87,570
Lincoln, NE 60 0.37 4.93 $ 25.23 $ 52,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.35 4.75 $ 32.98 $ 68,610
Charlottesville, VA 40 0.35 4.74 $ 25.60 $ 53,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.28 3.71 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 690 0.26 3.56 $ 31.05 $ 64,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 670 0.25 3.42 $ 27.06 $ 56,290
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,090 0.25 3.36 $ 30.89 $ 64,250




Top paying metropolitan areas for Survey Researchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.48 $ 45.68 $ 95,010
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.72 $ 42.22 $ 87,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,170 0.39 5.19 $ 42.10 $ 87,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.11 1.43 $ 42.01 $ 87,390
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 36.46 $ 75,840
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.46 6.14 $ 34.23 $ 71,200
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 30 0.02 0.30 $ 33.80 $ 70,310
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 0.41 $ 33.52 $ 69,710
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 110 0.11 1.42 $ 33.11 $ 68,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.35 4.75 $ 32.98 $ 68,610


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021