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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-3022 Survey Researchers

Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams. Excludes "Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists" (13-1161) and "Statisticians" (15-2041).


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)
9,930 5.4 % $31.61 $65,760 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.46 $20.69 $28.45 $38.42 $52.33
Annual Wage (2) $32,150 $43,030 $59,170 $79,920 $108,860


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,530 0.60 $29.05 $60,420
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,860 0.26 $38.22 $79,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 620 0.02 $31.08 $64,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 370 0.02 $30.87 $64,210
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 350 0.08 $30.74 $63,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,530 0.60 $29.05 $60,420
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,860 0.26 $38.22 $79,500
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 350 0.08 $30.74 $63,930
Social Advocacy Organizations 180 0.08 $26.51 $55,130
Educational Support Services 160 0.08 $32.48 $67,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 80 0.05 $51.74 $107,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $39.16 $81,450
Insurance Carriers (8) (8) $38.61 $80,310
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) (8) $38.35 $79,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,860 0.26 $38.22 $79,500


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)
Illinois 1,060 0.18 2.59 $30.39 $63,210
California 860 0.05 0.73 $34.83 $72,450
Massachusetts 670 0.19 2.75 $30.25 $62,930
Maryland 640 0.24 3.49 $44.65 $92,860
New York 610 0.06 0.95 $38.54 $80,150




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 200 0.28 4.14 $37.62 $78,250
Connecticut 430 0.26 3.78 $25.81 $53,690
Maryland 640 0.24 3.49 $44.65 $92,860
Massachusetts 670 0.19 2.75 $30.25 $62,930
Alaska 60 0.19 2.85 $27.88 $57,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 640 0.24 3.49 $44.65 $92,860
New Jersey 430 0.10 1.55 $41.35 $86,000
Iowa 40 0.02 0.37 $39.94 $83,080
New York 610 0.06 0.95 $38.54 $80,150
District of Columbia 200 0.28 4.14 $37.62 $78,250





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,060 0.23 3.34 $30.41 $63,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 910 0.29 4.23 $40.98 $85,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 3.45 $30.20 $62,820
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 570 0.06 0.87 $38.30 $79,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.24 3.62 $30.80 $64,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.14 2.00 $29.31 $60,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 280 0.05 0.67 $39.63 $82,420
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 250 0.07 1.01 $27.44 $57,060
Trenton, NJ 250 1.03 15.21 $43.53 $90,550
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.08 1.19 $42.80 $89,020




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)
Trenton, NJ 250 1.03 15.21 $43.53 $90,550
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.45 6.72 $26.34 $54,780
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.45 6.73 $33.70 $70,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 910 0.29 4.23 $40.98 $85,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.24 3.62 $30.80 $64,070
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.23 3.45 $30.20 $62,820
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,060 0.23 3.34 $30.41 $63,250
Baton Rouge, LA 70 0.17 2.52 $16.87 $35,090
Madison, WI 60 0.15 2.27 $23.65 $49,200
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.15 2.17 $39.60 $82,360




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)
Trenton, NJ 250 1.03 15.21 $43.53 $90,550
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.58 $43.25 $89,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.08 1.19 $42.80 $89,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 910 0.29 4.23 $40.98 $85,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 280 0.05 0.67 $39.63 $82,420
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.15 2.17 $39.60 $82,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 570 0.06 0.87 $38.30 $79,660
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $35.17 $73,160
Raleigh, NC 60 0.09 1.33 $34.58 $71,940
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 50 0.03 0.37 $34.57 $71,900

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 6.49 $26.46 $55,040

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 6.49 $26.46 $55,040

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 6.49 $26.46 $55,040


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020