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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
126,110 3.1 % $ 48.94 $ 101,800 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 24.15 $ 30.48 $ 43.99 $ 60.71 $ 79.16
Annual Wage (2) $ 50,240 $ 63,400 $ 91,510 $ 126,270 $ 164,650


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 50,500 6.71 $ 53.14 $ 110,540
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 22,180 0.73 $ 37.20 $ 77,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,780 0.34 $ 44.83 $ 93,250
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,760 2.94 $ 53.74 $ 111,780
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,030 1.48 $ 46.67 $ 97,060

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 50,500 6.71 $ 53.14 $ 110,540
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,760 2.94 $ 53.74 $ 111,780
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,030 1.48 $ 46.67 $ 97,060
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,940 1.10 $ 39.79 $ 82,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 22,180 0.73 $ 37.20 $ 77,380

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 60 0.01 $ 79.18 $ 164,700
Employment Services (8) (8) $ 67.97 $ 141,380
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,220 0.06 $ 65.85 $ 136,970
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $ 58.87 $ 122,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,240 0.15 $ 58.26 $ 121,190


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.





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 22,170 1.35 1.49 $ 55.88 $ 116,230
Massachusetts 15,370 4.59 5.06 $ 52.80 $ 109,830
New York 8,220 0.95 1.04 $ 51.97 $ 108,100
Pennsylvania 7,530 1.37 1.51 $ 49.29 $ 102,510
Texas 6,080 0.50 0.55 $ 35.42 $ 73,660




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 15,370 4.59 5.06 $ 52.80 $ 109,830
Maryland 5,480 2.17 2.40 $ 50.14 $ 104,300
Washington 5,420 1.70 1.87 $ 43.98 $ 91,480
Pennsylvania 7,530 1.37 1.51 $ 49.29 $ 102,510
California 22,170 1.35 1.49 $ 55.88 $ 116,230




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 1,070 0.69 0.76 $ 65.18 $ 135,570
Maine 110 0.20 0.22 $ 64.79 $ 134,760
Tennessee 2,010 0.69 0.76 $ 61.03 $ 126,950
New Jersey 4,070 1.08 1.19 $ 60.83 $ 126,530
Rhode Island 370 0.84 0.92 $ 58.59 $ 121,860





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 14,850 5.71 6.29 $ 52.74 $ 109,700
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,920 1.01 1.11 $ 56.06 $ 116,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,510 1.12 1.23 $ 52.22 $ 108,610
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,300 2.71 2.98 $ 62.62 $ 130,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,260 2.32 2.56 $ 50.89 $ 105,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,910 2.51 2.77 $ 44.08 $ 91,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,770 1.58 1.74 $ 56.20 $ 116,890
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,430 1.01 1.12 $ 46.40 $ 96,510
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,840 2.74 3.02 $ 49.94 $ 103,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,830 1.53 1.69 $ 47.58 $ 98,970




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 9.77 10.78 $ 30.65 $ 63,750
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,030 6.55 7.22 $ 50.97 $ 106,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 14,850 5.71 6.29 $ 52.74 $ 109,700
Charlottesville, VA 440 4.12 4.54 $ 32.66 $ 67,930
Ann Arbor, MI 640 3.09 3.40 $ 39.66 $ 82,490
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,840 2.74 3.02 $ 49.94 $ 103,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,300 2.71 2.98 $ 62.62 $ 130,250
Madison, WI 970 2.55 2.81 $ 40.02 $ 83,240
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,910 2.51 2.77 $ 44.08 $ 91,690
Raleigh, NC 1,520 2.45 2.70 $ 42.39 $ 88,160




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 230 1.73 1.90 $ 69.14 $ 143,800
New Haven, CT 220 0.82 0.91 $ 68.43 $ 142,330
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 350 0.93 1.02 $ 65.49 $ 136,230
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 64.19 $ 133,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,300 2.71 2.98 $ 62.62 $ 130,250
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 30 0.14 0.15 $ 62.22 $ 129,410
Kennewick-Richland, WA 70 0.59 0.65 $ 61.00 $ 126,890
Stockton-Lodi, CA 90 0.35 0.39 $ 60.49 $ 125,830
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 59.72 $ 124,220
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 790 0.82 0.90 $ 58.77 $ 122,230

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 200 2.00 2.21 $ 42.86 $ 89,140
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 0.87 $ 53.55 $ 111,390
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 0.21 $ 33.01 $ 68,660
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 0.71 $ 53.92 $ 112,150
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 0.40 $ 43.67 $ 90,830

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 200 2.00 2.21 $ 42.86 $ 89,140
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 0.87 $ 53.55 $ 111,390
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 0.71 $ 53.92 $ 112,150
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 0.62 $ 51.81 $ 107,760
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.44 $ 48.75 $ 101,390

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 Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 0.71 $ 53.92 $ 112,150
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 0.87 $ 53.55 $ 111,390
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 0.62 $ 51.81 $ 107,760
West Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 51.56 $ 107,240
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.44 $ 48.75 $ 101,390


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021