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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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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)
7,060 1.9 % $36.39 $75,690 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.31 $26.41 $33.49 $43.25 $54.13
Annual Wage (2) $42,240 $54,930 $69,660 $89,950 $112,600


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)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,570 0.12 $31.69 $65,920
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,340 0.02 $34.45 $71,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 940 0.02 $41.25 $85,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 840 0.03 $32.17 $66,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 600 0.09 $53.21 $110,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,570 0.12 $31.69 $65,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 600 0.09 $53.21 $110,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 120 0.04 $41.89 $87,130
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.03 (8) (8)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 840 0.03 $32.17 $66,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 50 (7) $54.12 $112,560
Scientific Research and Development Services 600 0.09 $53.21 $110,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 120 0.04 $41.89 $87,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $41.26 $85,820
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 940 0.02 $41.25 $85,790


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 760 0.04 0.91 $44.25 $92,040
Texas 690 0.06 1.17 $34.29 $71,320
Georgia 420 0.10 1.95 $30.85 $64,160
Washington 370 0.11 2.32 $49.28 $102,490
Colorado 350 0.13 2.73 $29.11 $60,550




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)
Colorado 350 0.13 2.73 $29.11 $60,550
New Mexico 100 0.12 2.54 $32.27 $67,130
Maryland 310 0.12 2.40 $37.18 $77,330
West Virginia 80 0.11 2.35 $24.96 $51,910
Washington 370 0.11 2.32 $49.28 $102,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 240 0.07 1.35 $51.77 $107,670
District of Columbia 40 0.05 1.09 $51.32 $106,740
Washington 370 0.11 2.32 $49.28 $102,490
New Jersey 110 0.03 0.56 $45.41 $94,450
California 760 0.04 0.91 $44.25 $92,040





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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 320 0.22 4.43 $28.88 $60,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 2.11 $29.27 $60,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 300 0.11 2.26 $31.69 $65,910
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.17 3.43 $32.48 $67,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 230 0.12 2.36 $54.06 $112,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.12 2.39 $34.53 $71,810
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 1.59 $51.42 $106,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.09 1.80 $50.68 $105,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 200 0.03 0.66 $44.53 $92,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 190 0.02 0.41 $45.03 $93,670




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)
Charleston, WV 50 0.47 9.57 $22.19 $46,160
Lubbock, TX 40 0.28 5.84 $23.90 $49,710
Madison, WI 90 0.22 4.54 $37.96 $78,960
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 320 0.22 4.43 $28.88 $60,060
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.19 3.82 $35.84 $74,540
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 110 0.18 3.61 $40.38 $84,000
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.17 3.43 $32.48 $67,570
Columbus, OH 170 0.16 3.24 $33.50 $69,670
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 140 0.14 2.87 $42.15 $87,680
Jackson, MS 40 0.14 2.85 (8) (8)




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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 230 0.12 2.36 $54.06 $112,440
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 30 0.11 2.24 $52.98 $110,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 1.59 $51.42 $106,960
Austin-Round Rock, TX 120 0.12 2.39 $51.36 $106,830
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.09 1.80 $50.68 $105,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 140 0.05 0.94 $48.98 $101,880
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 190 0.02 0.41 $45.03 $93,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 200 0.03 0.66 $44.53 $92,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.03 0.71 $42.71 $88,840
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 140 0.14 2.87 $42.15 $87,680


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019