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

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 Survey Researchers
Industry profile for Survey Researchers
Geographic profile for Survey Researchers

National estimates for Survey Researchers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Survey Researchers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,850 5.3 % $ 31.10 $ 64,690 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Survey Researchers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.67 $ 18.67 $ 28.72 $ 37.77 $ 48.65
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,360 $ 38,840 $ 59,740 $ 78,560 $ 101,180


Industry profile for Survey Researchers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Survey Researchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,660 0.48 $ 31.43 $ 65,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,640 0.21 $ 34.58 $ 71,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,140 0.04 $ 26.41 $ 54,920
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 430 0.02 $ 33.09 $ 68,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 310 0.02 $ 25.57 $ 53,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Survey Researchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,660 0.48 $ 31.43 $ 65,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,640 0.21 $ 34.58 $ 71,930
Grantmaking and Giving Services 150 0.11 $ 29.98 $ 62,370
Educational Support Services 200 0.10 $ 37.50 $ 78,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,140 0.04 $ 26.41 $ 54,920

Top paying industries for Survey Researchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 30 0.01 $ 49.85 $ 103,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $ 40.69 $ 84,640
Educational Support Services 200 0.10 $ 37.50 $ 78,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,640 0.21 $ 34.58 $ 71,930
Employment Services (8) (8) $ 33.97 $ 70,650


Geographic profile for Survey Researchers:

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



Map of employment of survey researchers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Survey Researchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 770 0.05 0.74 $ 33.59 $ 69,870
Maryland 580 0.23 3.65 $ 41.64 $ 86,620
District of Columbia 500 0.76 12.15 $ 46.60 $ 96,920
Florida 490 0.06 0.91 $ 21.33 $ 44,370
Illinois 440 0.08 1.25 $ 38.35 $ 79,770


Map of location quotient of survey researchers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Survey Researchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 500 0.76 12.15 $ 46.60 $ 96,920
Maryland 580 0.23 3.65 $ 41.64 $ 86,620
Connecticut 240 0.15 2.43 $ 23.93 $ 49,770
Nebraska 130 0.13 2.13 $ 25.69 $ 53,430
Kansas 170 0.13 2.05 $ 27.18 $ 56,520


Map of annual mean wages of survey researchers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Survey Researchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 500 0.76 12.15 $ 46.60 $ 96,920
Maryland 580 0.23 3.65 $ 41.64 $ 86,620
New York 390 0.05 0.72 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
Idaho 40 0.06 0.94 $ 39.56 $ 82,280
Iowa 30 0.02 0.36 $ 38.64 $ 80,380



Map of employment of survey researchers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Survey Researchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,120 0.38 6.07 $ 43.68 $ 90,860
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 420 0.10 1.56 $ 38.98 $ 81,090
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 400 0.05 0.73 $ 35.67 $ 74,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 2.05 $ 34.16 $ 71,050
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 250 0.13 2.10 $ 33.25 $ 69,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 210 0.16 2.55 $ 21.31 $ 44,330
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.09 1.37 $ 38.47 $ 80,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 180 0.03 0.51 $ 33.16 $ 68,970
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 170 0.41 6.60 $ 41.46 $ 86,230
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 160 0.06 0.95 $ 37.07 $ 77,110


Map of location quotient of survey researchers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Survey Researchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.42 6.76 $ 33.57 $ 69,830
Lincoln, NE 70 0.42 6.73 $ 26.94 $ 56,030
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 170 0.41 6.60 $ 41.46 $ 86,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,120 0.38 6.07 $ 43.68 $ 90,860
Trenton, NJ 60 0.24 3.90 $ 30.67 $ 63,800
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 210 0.16 2.55 $ 21.31 $ 44,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 250 0.13 2.10 $ 33.25 $ 69,170
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 2.05 $ 34.16 $ 71,050
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.13 2.05 (8) (8)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 70 0.12 1.97 $ 26.72 $ 55,590


Map of annual mean wages of survey researchers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Survey Researchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,120 0.38 6.07 $ 43.68 $ 90,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 0.27 $ 42.59 $ 88,580
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 170 0.41 6.60 $ 41.46 $ 86,230
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 420 0.10 1.56 $ 38.98 $ 81,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.09 1.37 $ 38.47 $ 80,010
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 160 0.06 0.95 $ 37.07 $ 77,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 400 0.05 0.73 $ 35.67 $ 74,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 34.23 $ 71,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 2.05 $ 34.16 $ 71,050
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.42 6.76 $ 33.57 $ 69,830


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.

(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 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