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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


National estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Industry profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Geographic profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

National estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,930 3.1 % $ 33.80 $ 70,300 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 20.39 $ 24.29 $ 31.08 $ 39.27 $ 49.95
Annual Wage (2) $ 42,420 $ 50,520 $ 64,650 $ 81,690 $ 103,900


Industry profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,060 0.32 $ 30.39 $ 63,220
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,810 0.18 $ 42.83 $ 89,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,060 0.07 $ 31.41 $ 65,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 880 0.11 $ 34.10 $ 70,920
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 850 0.02 $ 36.73 $ 76,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 760 0.34 $ 27.59 $ 57,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,060 0.32 $ 30.39 $ 63,220
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 400 0.30 $ 22.31 $ 46,410
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,810 0.18 $ 42.83 $ 89,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 880 0.11 $ 34.10 $ 70,920

Top paying industries for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,810 0.18 $ 42.83 $ 89,080
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 190 0.01 $ 36.88 $ 76,700
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 850 0.02 $ 36.73 $ 76,410
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $ 35.51 $ 73,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 880 0.11 $ 34.10 $ 70,920


Geographic profile for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

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



Map of employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,940 0.60 5.35 $ 39.09 $ 81,310
Florida 1,570 0.18 1.61 $ 25.52 $ 53,080
California 1,080 0.07 0.58 $ 37.69 $ 78,390
Oregon 970 0.53 4.68 $ 37.20 $ 77,370
Alaska 700 2.38 21.07 $ 39.64 $ 82,450


Map of location quotient of zoologists and wildlife biologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 700 2.38 21.07 $ 39.64 $ 82,450
Wyoming 310 1.21 10.66 $ 31.53 $ 65,570
Montana 350 0.75 6.66 $ 32.72 $ 68,060
Washington 1,940 0.60 5.35 $ 39.09 $ 81,310
Oregon 970 0.53 4.68 $ 37.20 $ 77,370


Map of annual mean wages of zoologists and wildlife biologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 280 0.08 0.72 $ 44.63 $ 92,830
New Jersey 100 0.02 0.22 $ 41.22 $ 85,730
Alaska 700 2.38 21.07 $ 39.64 $ 82,450
Washington 1,940 0.60 5.35 $ 39.09 $ 81,310
Maryland 330 0.13 1.15 $ 39.03 $ 81,170



Map of employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 830 0.43 3.81 $ 42.23 $ 87,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 410 0.37 3.24 $ 37.23 $ 77,440
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 390 0.30 2.65 $ 25.36 $ 52,760
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 0.30 $ 38.28 $ 79,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.10 0.86 $ 48.25 $ 100,350
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 290 0.12 1.03 $ 33.63 $ 69,940
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 240 2.11 18.65 $ 37.75 $ 78,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.04 0.34 $ 32.55 $ 67,690
Anchorage, AK 200 1.24 10.99 $ 37.21 $ 77,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 180 0.10 0.88 $ 31.23 $ 64,950


Map of location quotient of zoologists and wildlife biologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 120 3.36 29.75 $ 38.22 $ 79,510
Corvallis, OR 110 3.14 27.78 $ 38.90 $ 80,910
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 240 2.11 18.65 $ 37.75 $ 78,510
Wenatchee, WA 80 1.76 15.54 $ 39.75 $ 82,690
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.30 11.51 $ 30.79 $ 64,050
Barnstable Town, MA 130 1.30 11.46 $ 52.68 $ 109,570
Anchorage, AK 200 1.24 10.99 $ 37.21 $ 77,400
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.11 9.80 $ 35.80 $ 74,450
Grand Junction, CO 60 0.95 8.38 $ 34.04 $ 70,810
Casper, WY 30 0.92 8.14 $ 31.01 $ 64,490


Map of annual mean wages of zoologists and wildlife biologists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Barnstable Town, MA 130 1.30 11.46 $ 52.68 $ 109,570
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 30 0.23 2.00 $ 51.34 $ 106,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.10 0.86 $ 48.25 $ 100,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.37 $ 44.71 $ 93,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 0.56 $ 43.90 $ 91,320
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 120 0.09 0.75 $ 43.27 $ 90,000
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.12 $ 43.23 $ 89,910
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 830 0.43 3.81 $ 42.23 $ 87,840
Kennewick-Richland, WA 40 0.35 3.14 $ 41.97 $ 87,310
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 0.95 $ 41.36 $ 86,030

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 390 3.96 34.99 $ 41.39 $ 86,090
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 1.55 13.68 $ 37.50 $ 78,010
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 1.33 11.79 $ 35.34 $ 73,500
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 1.58 13.98 $ 31.26 $ 65,020
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.73 6.48 $ 33.50 $ 69,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 390 3.96 34.99 $ 41.39 $ 86,090
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 1.71 15.10 $ 35.41 $ 73,660
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.66 14.71 $ 34.07 $ 70,870
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 1.58 13.98 $ 31.26 $ 65,020
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 1.55 13.68 $ 37.50 $ 78,010

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 390 3.96 34.99 $ 41.39 $ 86,090
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 1.55 13.68 $ 37.50 $ 78,010
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.31 11.56 $ 36.21 $ 75,330
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 1.71 15.10 $ 35.41 $ 73,660
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 1.33 11.79 $ 35.34 $ 73,500


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022