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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
1,152,840 0.7 % $35.06 $72,930 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.03 $21.67 $30.45 $43.78 $59.27
Annual Wage (2) $33,350 $45,060 $63,340 $91,060 $123,280


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 174,070 25.89 $41.09 $85,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 139,580 6.90 $37.98 $78,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 132,760 4.41 $27.05 $56,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 82,700 1.54 $31.41 $65,320
State Government (OES Designation) 78,260 3.58 $29.07 $60,460

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 174,070 25.89 $41.09 $85,470
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 45,280 15.95 $37.62 $78,240
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 5,010 8.19 $32.31 $67,210
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 11,900 7.92 $32.22 $67,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 139,580 6.90 $37.98 $78,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 270 0.02 $66.30 $137,890
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 480 2.70 $62.08 $129,130
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 450 0.10 $58.21 $121,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 11,480 6.33 $56.81 $118,170
Depository Credit Intermediation 110 0.01 $56.07 $116,630


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 177,540 11.12 1.35 $38.92 $80,960
Texas 82,370 7.01 0.85 $35.76 $74,370
New York 67,870 7.46 0.91 $35.83 $74,520
Massachusetts 49,070 14.18 1.73 $37.88 $78,790
Pennsylvania 45,910 7.99 0.97 $33.17 $69,000




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 25,470 36.26 4.42 $49.14 $102,210
Alaska 6,110 18.89 2.30 $35.56 $73,970
Maryland 41,850 15.85 1.93 $42.20 $87,780
Montana 7,070 15.55 1.89 $26.53 $55,170
Wyoming 4,200 15.22 1.85 $27.05 $56,270




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 25,470 36.26 4.42 $49.14 $102,210
New Jersey 36,500 9.23 1.12 $42.73 $88,880
Maryland 41,850 15.85 1.93 $42.20 $87,780
Virginia 32,350 8.60 1.05 $41.01 $85,310
Connecticut 12,600 7.56 0.92 $39.94 $83,080





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 Metropolitan Division 47,670 19.14 2.33 $48.77 $101,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 46,130 7.00 0.85 $38.18 $79,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 34,870 8.26 1.01 $36.98 $76,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 33,690 18.69 2.28 $38.38 $79,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 30,710 10.46 1.27 $41.93 $87,210
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 21,890 6.02 0.73 $35.74 $74,340
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 21,620 15.59 1.90 $39.30 $81,750
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 21,010 19.69 2.40 $46.06 $95,800
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 18,590 17.14 2.09 $43.77 $91,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 17,380 10.94 1.33 $36.40 $75,710