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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
1,148,300 0.7 % $35.76 $74,370 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.38 $22.17 $31.01 $44.64 $60.11
Annual Wage (2) $34,070 $46,110 $64,510 $92,850 $125,030


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 169,500 26.19 $42.14 $87,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 139,290 6.88 $38.92 $80,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 128,010 4.24 $27.91 $58,060
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 83,980 1.54 $32.01 $66,580
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 79,510 3.64 $29.54 $61,450

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 169,500 26.19 $42.14 $87,650
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 45,970 15.99 $38.43 $79,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 139,290 6.88 $38.92 $80,960
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 21,960 6.11 $33.17 $68,980
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,150 6.01 $57.00 $118,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 420 0.04 $74.56 $155,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,150 6.01 $57.00 $118,560
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,110 0.23 $56.87 $118,280
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 530 2.95 $54.29 $112,930
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 640 0.07 $54.22 $112,780


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 173,100 10.37 1.29 $39.67 $82,510
Texas 77,880 6.55 0.81 $36.12 $75,130
New York 66,500 7.22 0.90 $36.32 $75,550
Massachusetts 50,280 14.25 1.77 $40.10 $83,420
Pennsylvania 45,490 7.87 0.98 $35.48 $73,800




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 25,040 35.36 4.39 $51.14 $106,360
Alaska 6,010 18.90 2.35 $36.54 $76,000
Montana 7,360 15.98 1.98 $26.54 $55,210
Maryland 42,000 15.76 1.96 $42.76 $88,930
Wyoming 3,980 14.86 1.84 $27.40 $56,990




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 25,040 35.36 4.39 $51.14 $106,360
New Jersey 36,100 9.01 1.12 $45.88 $95,430
Maryland 42,000 15.76 1.96 $42.76 $88,930
Virginia 33,020 8.71 1.08 $41.03 $85,340
Massachusetts 50,280 14.25 1.77 $40.10 $83,420



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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 47,590 18.89 2.35 $49.93 $103,860
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 45,490 6.80 0.84 $38.90 $80,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 36,170 19.66 2.44 $40.47 $84,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 34,330 7.75 0.96 $38.30 $79,670
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 28,830 9.84 1.22 $40.26 $83,740
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 22,390 6.11 0.76 $35.10 $73,010
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 21,630 15.09 1.87 $40.43 $84,100
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 19,210 17.21 2.14 $46.57 $96,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 19,150 9.91 1.23 $35.84 $74,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 18,400 11.17 1.39 $37.23 $77,440