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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Animal Scientists ; Food Scientists and Technologists ; Soil and Plant Scientists ; Biochemists and Biophysicists ; Microbiologists ; Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists ; Biological Scientists, All Other ; Conservation Scientists ; Foresters ; Epidemiologists ; Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists ; Life Scientists, All Other ; Astronomers ; Physicists ; Atmospheric and Space Scientists ; Chemists ; Materials Scientists ; Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health ; Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers ; Hydrologists ; Physical Scientists, All Other ; Economists ; Survey Researchers ; Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists ; Industrial-Organizational Psychologists ; Psychologists, All Other ; Sociologists ; Urban and Regional Planners ; Anthropologists and Archeologists ; Geographers ; Historians ; Political Scientists ; Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other ; Agricultural and Food Science Technicians ; Biological Technicians ; Chemical Technicians ; Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health ; Geological and Hydrologic Technicians ; Nuclear Technicians ; Social Science Research Assistants ; Forest and Conservation Technicians ; Forensic Science Technicians ; Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other ; Occupational Health and Safety Specialists ; Occupational Health and Safety Technicians


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,288,920 0.7 % $37.28 $77,540 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.62 $23.73 $32.77 $46.24 $61.59
Annual Wage (2) $36,640 $49,360 $68,160 $96,180 $128,100


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 190,370 26.92 $43.35 $90,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130,980 4.24 $30.33 $63,090
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 128,530 6.40 $42.69 $88,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 95,310 1.72 $33.14 $68,940
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 87,040 4.00 $30.51 $63,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 190,370 26.92 $43.35 $90,160
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 44,790 15.07 $39.56 $82,280
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 26,420 7.26 $34.86 $72,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 128,530 6.40 $42.69 $88,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,960 6.34 $57.87 $120,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 280 0.02 $67.77 $140,960
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 600 0.06 $63.26 $131,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,960 6.34 $57.87 $120,360
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 540 2.85 $56.22 $116,940
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 30 0.06 $55.51 $115,460


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 182,360 10.49 1.20 $42.42 $88,230
Texas 102,540 8.25 0.94 $35.83 $74,530
New York 72,570 7.62 0.87 $37.84 $78,720
Massachusetts 58,340 16.12 1.84 $43.24 $89,950
Pennsylvania 49,320 8.36 0.95 $36.90 $76,750




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 24,560 33.95 3.87 $53.06 $110,360
Alaska 6,380 20.12 2.29 $37.72 $78,450
Massachusetts 58,340 16.12 1.84 $43.24 $89,950
Maryland 43,350 16.05 1.83 $45.26 $94,140
Montana 7,380 15.78 1.80 $29.88 $62,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 24,560 33.95 3.87 $53.06 $110,360
New Jersey 43,130 10.55 1.20 $46.60 $96,930
Maryland 43,350 16.05 1.83 $45.26 $94,140
Massachusetts 58,340 16.12 1.84 $43.24 $89,950
California 182,360 10.49 1.20 $42.42 $88,230





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 76,970 7.97 0.91 $43.95 $91,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 63,660 20.02 2.28 $51.57 $107,270
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 51,200 18.30 2.09 $44.04 $91,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 47,830 7.67 0.87 $42.73 $88,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 35,660 14.42 1.64 $48.35 $100,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 34,680 11.36 1.29 $40.49 $84,210
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 31,280 6.69 0.76 $36.33 $75,570
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30,440 10.58 1.21 $42.33 $88,050
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 25,270 16.91 1.93 $41.22 $85,740
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 23,610 11.68 1.33 $40.31 $83,850