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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research. Practitioners who primarily provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs are included in “Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners” (29-1000).


National estimates for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Industry profile for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Geographic profile for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

National estimates for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
108,550 1.7 % $ 50.02 $ 104,050 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 24.09 $ 30.19 $ 45.82 $ 62.55 $ 80.28
Annual Wage (2) $ 50,100 $ 62,800 $ 95,310 $ 130,090 $ 166,980


Industry profile for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 42,420 5.33 $ 55.98 $ 116,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 20,430 0.69 $ 34.92 $ 72,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,200 0.29 $ 46.17 $ 96,030
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,730 1.61 $ 48.35 $ 100,560
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,570 1.45 $ 50.85 $ 105,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 42,420 5.33 $ 55.98 $ 116,430
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,730 1.61 $ 48.35 $ 100,560
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,570 1.45 $ 50.85 $ 105,760
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,170 1.17 $ 39.19 $ 81,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 20,430 0.69 $ 34.92 $ 72,620

Top paying industries for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 870 0.18 $ 90.50 $ 188,240
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 1,730 0.46 $ 76.81 $ 159,760
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,190 0.06 $ 66.96 $ 139,280
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $ 63.72 $ 132,540
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 180 0.01 $ 62.14 $ 129,240


Geographic profile for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of medical scientists, except epidemiologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,320 1.05 1.36 $ 57.95 $ 120,540
Massachusetts 12,190 3.59 4.66 $ 54.76 $ 113,900
Texas 7,620 0.62 0.81 $ 39.89 $ 82,980
New York 6,930 0.80 1.04 $ 50.30 $ 104,630
Pennsylvania 5,750 1.03 1.34 $ 45.82 $ 95,300


Map of location quotient of medical scientists, except epidemiologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 12,190 3.59 4.66 $ 54.76 $ 113,900
Maryland 5,440 2.14 2.77 $ 52.36 $ 108,910
Washington 4,950 1.54 2.00 $ 51.44 $ 107,000
New Jersey 5,730 1.49 1.93 $ 62.11 $ 129,190
Delaware 580 1.33 1.73 $ 62.44 $ 129,870


Map of annual mean wages of medical scientists, except epidemiologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,720 1.09 1.42 $ 68.44 $ 142,340
Maine 90 0.15 0.20 $ 66.82 $ 138,980
Delaware 580 1.33 1.73 $ 62.44 $ 129,870
New Jersey 5,730 1.49 1.93 $ 62.11 $ 129,190
Tennessee 1,580 0.53 0.69 $ 62.03 $ 129,020



Map of employment of medical scientists, except epidemiologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 11,800 4.57 5.93 $ 54.68 $ 113,730
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 9,240 1.06 1.38 $ 55.99 $ 116,470
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,880 2.18 2.83 $ 65.83 $ 136,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,700 0.82 1.07 $ 52.36 $ 108,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,620 1.57 2.04 $ 60.29 $ 125,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,410 1.66 2.16 $ 48.02 $ 99,880
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,270 2.22 2.89 $ 53.16 $ 110,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,450 1.19 1.55 $ 37.23 $ 77,440
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,110 2.23 2.90 $ 55.49 $ 115,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,090 0.73 0.95 $ 45.73 $ 95,110


Map of location quotient of medical scientists, except epidemiologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa City, IA 840 9.56 12.41 $ 32.55 $ 67,690
Charlottesville, VA 530 4.91 6.38 $ 38.40 $ 79,870
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,500 4.80 6.23 $ 56.12 $ 116,720
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 11,800 4.57 5.93 $ 54.68 $ 113,730
Ann Arbor, MI 500 2.48 3.22 $ 37.64 $ 78,280
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,110 2.23 2.90 $ 55.49 $ 115,420
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,270 2.22 2.89 $ 53.16 $ 110,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,880 2.18 2.83 $ 65.83 $ 136,920
Madison, WI 750 1.98 2.57 $ 45.09 $ 93,800
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,410 1.66 2.16 $ 48.02 $ 99,880


Map of annual mean wages of medical scientists, except epidemiologists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 540 0.90 1.17 $ 84.99 $ 176,770
Columbia, SC 60 0.15 0.20 $ 74.79 $ 155,570
Danbury, CT 40 0.57 0.74 $ 73.06 $ 151,970
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 670 1.24 1.60 $ 70.30 $ 146,220
New Haven, CT 370 1.34 1.74 $ 66.82 $ 138,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,120 1.05 1.36 $ 66.44 $ 138,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,880 2.18 2.83 $ 65.83 $ 136,920
Ithaca, NY 30 0.65 0.84 $ 65.30 $ 135,820
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 400 1.05 1.37 $ 64.97 $ 135,140
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 63.05 $ 131,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 190 1.92 2.49 $ 42.41 $ 88,220
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 0.94 $ 55.35 $ 115,130
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 0.35 $ 43.00 $ 89,450
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.13 0.18 $ 37.42 $ 77,820
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 0.36 $ 31.72 $ 65,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 190 1.92 2.49 $ 42.41 $ 88,220
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 0.96 $ 52.87 $ 109,980
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 0.94 $ 55.35 $ 115,130
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 0.76 $ 43.58 $ 90,650
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.53 $ 32.90 $ 68,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 0.94 $ 55.35 $ 115,130
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 0.96 $ 52.87 $ 109,980
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 0.50 $ 51.32 $ 106,740
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.37 $ 43.76 $ 91,020
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 0.76 $ 43.58 $ 90,650


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