Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


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)
17,710 2.3 % $31.85 $66,250 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.05 $23.84 $29.95 $37.28 $47.93
Annual Wage (2) $39,620 $49,580 $62,290 $77,540 $99,700


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)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,650 0.30 $27.49 $57,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,120 0.20 $39.66 $82,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,410 0.10 $36.46 $75,840
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,320 0.02 $30.95 $64,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,270 0.04 $29.74 $61,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,650 0.30 $27.49 $57,190
Social Advocacy Organizations 550 0.26 $30.08 $62,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,120 0.20 $39.66 $82,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 900 0.14 $30.60 $63,650
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,410 0.10 $36.46 $75,840

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) 4,120 0.20 $39.66 $82,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $38.58 $80,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,410 0.10 $36.46 $75,840
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,320 0.02 $30.95 $64,370
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 430 0.03 $30.81 $64,090


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)
Washington 2,260 0.71 5.71 $34.75 $72,290
California 1,950 0.12 0.94 $34.93 $72,660
Florida 1,630 0.19 1.56 $25.25 $52,520
Oregon 1,010 0.55 4.42 $34.99 $72,780
Minnesota 720 0.25 2.04 $28.88 $60,060




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)
Alaska 690 2.18 17.54 $36.94 $76,830
Wyoming 340 1.27 10.19 $29.25 $60,850
Montana 350 0.76 6.08 $31.20 $64,900
Washington 2,260 0.71 5.71 $34.75 $72,290
Idaho 460 0.67 5.41 $32.51 $67,610




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 90 0.12 0.98 $53.37 $111,000
Maryland 210 0.08 0.65 $47.98 $99,800
Massachusetts 320 0.09 0.74 $40.95 $85,180
Rhode Island 50 0.10 0.77 $40.50 $84,250
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $39.17 $81,480



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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 950 0.57 4.63 $38.48 $80,030
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 550 0.43 3.44 $26.32 $54,750
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 390 0.40 3.24 $34.01 $70,730
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 310 0.26 2.13 $38.66 $80,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.16 1.25 $28.77 $59,850
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 280 2.60 20.93 $32.41 $67,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 0.75 $47.19 $98,150
Boise City, ID 210 0.70 5.61 $33.93 $70,570
Anchorage, AK 180 1.01 8.14 $36.40 $75,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 140 0.07 0.59 $28.54 $59,370


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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)
Corvallis, OR 120 3.35 26.99 $35.88 $74,630
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 280 2.60 20.93 $32.41 $67,400
Wenatchee, WA 60 1.25 10.07 $34.36 $71,470
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.14 9.18 $24.39 $50,720
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.13 9.09 $27.92 $58,070
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 90 1.09 8.76 $30.61 $63,670
Panama City, FL 90 1.08 8.68 $24.87 $51,730
Missoula, MT 60 1.02 8.23 $30.05 $62,500
Bangor, ME 70 1.01 8.17 $28.41 $59,080
Anchorage, AK 180 1.01 8.14 $36.40 $75,720


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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)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 40 0.24 1.91 $49.49 $102,950
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $47.49 $98,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 0.75 $47.19 $98,150
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 0.35 $46.06 $95,800
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.52 $45.44 $94,510
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $45.21 $94,030
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $45.19 $93,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $42.57 $88,550
Fort Collins, CO 120 0.75 6.00 $41.95 $87,250
Fresno, CA 40 0.10 0.77 $41.13 $85,560

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 5.53 44.55 $39.06 $81,250
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.44 19.67 $32.70 $68,010
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 6.92 $29.04 $60,410
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.30 18.52 $31.97 $66,490
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.00 16.13 $29.89 $62,180

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 5.53 44.55 $39.06 $81,250
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 2.74 22.09 $32.04 $66,640
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.44 19.67 $32.70 $68,010
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 2.35 18.92 $28.34 $58,940
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.30 18.52 $31.97 $66,490

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 0.78 6.25 $39.46 $82,070
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 5.53 44.55 $39.06 $81,250
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.17 $75,220
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.51 $35.19 $73,190
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.08 $72,970


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