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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other

All biological scientists not listed separately.


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)
37,590 1.9 % $38.56 $80,200 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.67 $27.46 $36.87 $45.21 $58.35
Annual Wage (2) $42,990 $57,120 $76,690 $94,040 $121,360


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) 16,750 0.83 $39.29 $81,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,840 1.06 $43.31 $90,080
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,950 0.20 $28.55 $59,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,550 0.11 $40.84 $84,940
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,400 0.49 $45.24 $94,090

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 6,840 1.06 $43.31 $90,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,750 0.83 $39.29 $81,720
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,400 0.49 $45.24 $94,090
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 880 0.33 $40.65 $84,550
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,950 0.20 $28.55 $59,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.01 $56.81 $118,170
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 140 0.01 $51.10 $106,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,400 0.49 $45.24 $94,090
Outpatient Care Centers 120 0.01 $45.16 $93,940
Offices of Physicians 150 0.01 $45.00 $93,600


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 8,050 0.48 1.83 $41.25 $85,800
Massachusetts 3,960 1.12 4.26 $37.97 $78,980
Maryland 3,720 1.40 5.30 $50.10 $104,220
Texas 1,940 0.16 0.62 $35.15 $73,110
Florida 1,760 0.21 0.79 $31.39 $65,280




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)
Maryland 3,720 1.40 5.30 $50.10 $104,220
Alaska 360 1.14 4.31 $38.64 $80,380
Massachusetts 3,960 1.12 4.26 $37.97 $78,980
Montana 430 0.94 3.55 $31.90 $66,350
District of Columbia 500 0.70 2.65 $45.83 $95,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 3,720 1.40 5.30 $50.10 $104,220
District of Columbia 500 0.70 2.65 $45.83 $95,320
Virginia 640 0.17 0.64 $44.95 $93,490
Connecticut 120 0.07 0.28 $44.64 $92,850
Illinois 720 0.12 0.46 $43.42 $90,320



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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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,420 1.86 7.04 $37.75 $78,520
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,940 5.03 19.07 $51.43 $106,970
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.40 5.30 $46.82 $97,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.29 1.12 $39.87 $82,930
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,190 0.83 3.16 $41.39 $86,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.43 1.61 $47.76 $99,340
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.93 3.52 $40.61 $84,460
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 690 0.42 1.59 $41.11 $85,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 570 0.22 0.82 $35.93 $74,740
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 540 0.40 1.50 $44.82 $93,240


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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,940 5.03 19.07 $51.43 $106,970
Athens-Clarke County, GA 250 2.91 11.04 $29.06 $60,450
Gainesville, FL 320 2.41 9.14 $24.02 $49,970
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,420 1.86 7.04 $37.75 $78,520
Fairbanks, AK 70 1.78 6.74 $35.62 $74,100
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 490 1.64 6.22 $39.86 $82,910
Ames, IA 60 1.44 5.44 $35.63 $74,110
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.40 5.30 $46.82 $97,400
Flagstaff, AZ 80 1.37 5.20 $31.87 $66,290
College Station-Bryan, TX 140 1.27 4.81 $33.48 $69,630


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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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 440 0.41 1.54 $52.92 $110,070
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,940 5.03 19.07 $51.43 $106,970
Tucson, AZ 100 0.26 1.00 $49.99 $103,990
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $48.44 $100,750
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.12 0.44 $48.15 $100,150
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 500 0.14 0.52 $47.79 $99,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.43 1.61 $47.76 $99,340
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.40 5.30 $46.82 $97,400
Dayton, OH 70 0.20 0.74 $46.34 $96,390
Charlottesville, VA 40 0.36 1.36 $45.37 $94,370

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)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.67 6.33 $34.27 $71,280
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.87 7.09 $31.27 $65,050
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 2.02 7.66 $32.35 $67,290
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.88 3.34 $31.14 $64,770
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.46 9.32 $41.90 $87,150

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.46 9.32 $41.90 $87,150
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 2.02 7.66 $32.35 $67,290
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.87 7.09 $31.27 $65,050
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.67 6.33 $34.27 $71,280
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 1.23 4.68 $31.08 $64,650

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.46 9.32 $41.90 $87,150
East Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.83 $78,680
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 2.26 $37.13 $77,230
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.78 2.96 $34.28 $71,300
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.67 6.33 $34.27 $71,280


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018