Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


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)
15,020 8.3 % $34.61 $71,990 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.39 $23.75 $30.60 $42.35 $57.75
Annual Wage (2) $38,260 $49,390 $63,660 $88,100 $120,130


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,070 0.13 $39.24 $81,620
Other Food Manufacturing 1,850 0.85 $33.09 $68,820
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,620 0.25 $41.08 $85,440
Dairy Product Manufacturing 950 0.67 $29.67 $61,710
Grain and Oilseed Milling 920 1.54 $31.53 $65,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 920 1.54 $31.53 $65,590
Other Food Manufacturing 1,850 0.85 $33.09 $68,820
Dairy Product Manufacturing 950 0.67 $29.67 $61,710
Animal Food Manufacturing 340 0.57 $33.25 $69,150
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 370 0.49 $29.21 $60,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $46.22 $96,140
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.12 $41.47 $86,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,620 0.25 $41.08 $85,440
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 170 0.02 $39.63 $82,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,070 0.13 $39.24 $81,620


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 2,560 0.15 1.46 $35.79 $74,450
New Jersey 1,080 0.27 2.56 $38.74 $80,590
Texas 780 0.07 0.62 $29.30 $60,950
Georgia 750 0.17 1.66 $27.77 $57,770
Wisconsin 660 0.23 2.21 $32.52 $67,640




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)
Nebraska 380 0.39 3.75 $34.37 $71,490
Vermont 80 0.27 2.59 $40.02 $83,230
New Jersey 1,080 0.27 2.56 $38.74 $80,590
Idaho 170 0.24 2.32 $33.43 $69,520
Wisconsin 660 0.23 2.21 $32.52 $67,640




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 60 0.08 0.79 $46.00 $95,690
Massachusetts 360 0.10 0.97 $42.37 $88,140
Vermont 80 0.27 2.59 $40.02 $83,230
Arkansas 120 0.10 0.94 $39.96 $83,110
Maryland 450 0.17 1.60 $39.94 $83,070



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.09 0.87 $38.74 $80,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 550 0.21 1.99 $27.34 $56,870
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.37 3.50 $37.84 $78,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 390 0.35 3.37 $43.87 $91,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 1.87 $40.73 $84,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.08 0.76 $32.29 $67,160
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 340 0.70 6.65 $34.75 $72,270
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 0.83 $36.86 $76,660
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 310 0.22 2.13 $38.41 $79,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 1.10 (8) (8)


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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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 1.21 11.49 $38.84 $80,790
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 60 0.99 9.43 $27.82 $57,870
Janesville-Beloit, WI 50 0.81 7.72 $34.69 $72,160
Merced, CA 50 0.75 7.13 $32.21 $67,000
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.73 6.89 $18.46 $38,400
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 340 0.70 6.65 $34.75 $72,270
Napa, CA 50 0.70 6.66 $39.70 $82,570
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 30 0.43 4.04 $36.70 $76,340
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.37 3.50 $37.84 $78,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 390 0.35 3.37 $43.87 $91,240


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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)
Dayton, OH (8) (8) (8) $46.67 $97,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.29 $45.03 $93,660
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 80 0.33 3.17 $44.35 $92,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 0.97 $44.12 $91,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 390 0.35 3.37 $43.87 $91,240
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 150 0.14 1.31 $43.06 $89,570
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 0.41 $42.06 $87,480
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $41.89 $87,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 1.87 $40.73 $84,710
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.68 $84,610

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.36 3.45 $28.38 $59,020
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.24 2.26 $24.60 $51,180
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 4.18 $35.28 $73,380
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 3.70 $27.84 $57,900
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 6.50 $42.47 $88,330

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 6.50 $42.47 $88,330
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 4.18 $35.28 $73,380
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 4.07 $38.33 $79,730
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 3.70 $27.84 $57,900
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.36 3.45 $28.38 $59,020

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 6.50 $42.47 $88,330
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 4.07 $38.33 $79,730
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 4.18 $35.28 $73,380
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.86 $34.80 $72,390
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.70 $68,010


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018