Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
17,720 3.1 % $31.20 $64,890 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.82 $23.25 $29.10 $36.69 $47.38
Annual Wage (2) $39,150 $48,360 $60,520 $76,320 $98,540


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 (OES Designation) 6,600 0.30 $26.73 $55,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,110 0.20 $39.18 $81,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,550 0.12 $33.13 $68,900
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.19 $32.58 $67,780
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.02 $31.57 $65,670

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 (OES Designation) 6,600 0.30 $26.73 $55,600
Social Advocacy Organizations 530 0.26 $27.95 $58,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,110 0.20 $39.18 $81,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.19 $32.58 $67,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,550 0.12 $33.13 $68,900

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) 4,110 0.20 $39.18 $81,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $37.31 $77,610
Employment Services 40 (7) $33.89 $70,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,550 0.12 $33.13 $68,900
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.19 $32.58 $67,780


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 2,200 0.14 1.09 $32.83 $68,280
Washington 1,990 0.65 5.14 $33.46 $69,590
Florida 1,750 0.21 1.69 $25.41 $52,850
Oregon 920 0.51 4.08 $33.75 $70,210
Alaska 730 2.26 17.88 $36.59 $76,120




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 730 2.26 17.88 $36.59 $76,120
Wyoming 320 1.16 9.21 $29.03 $60,380
Idaho 580 0.87 6.92 $30.68 $63,810
Montana 310 0.67 5.34 $29.66 $61,690
Washington 1,990 0.65 5.14 $33.46 $69,590




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 0.13 1.04 $51.36 $106,820
Maryland 430 0.16 1.30 $45.32 $94,270
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.71 $41.63 $86,590
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $41.06 $85,410
Massachusetts 260 0.08 0.60 $40.07 $83,340





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 760 0.48 3.79 $38.26 $79,590
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 560 0.44 3.48 $26.42 $54,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 470 0.34 2.71 $33.67 $70,040
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 310 0.28 2.19 $37.22 $77,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.15 1.19 $28.34 $58,940
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 280 2.67 21.12 $30.83 $64,130
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.44 3.49 $46.34 $96,380
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 250 0.28 2.19 $32.27 $67,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 0.78 $46.31 $96,320
Boise City, ID 240 0.81 6.43 $32.23 $67,040




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 3.73 29.52 $32.57 $67,750
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 280 2.67 21.12 $30.83 $64,130
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.51 11.98 $27.00 $56,170
Wenatchee, WA 60 1.41 11.18 $32.50 $67,590
Walla Walla, WA 30 1.24 9.83 (8) (8)
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.20 9.53 $45.37 $94,380
Anchorage, AK 200 1.11 8.79 $35.97 $74,820
Bangor, ME 70 1.01 8.02 $28.24 $58,740
Gainesville, FL 120 0.97 7.66 $25.89 $53,860
Tallahassee, FL 140 0.86 6.80 $23.92 $49,760




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 0.26 2.09 $48.06 $99,960
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.44 3.49 $46.34 $96,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 0.78 $46.31 $96,320
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.20 9.53 $45.37 $94,380
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.28 $92,100
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.51 $42.79 $89,010
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 70 0.05 0.40 $42.09 $87,540
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 0.62 $41.41 $86,140
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.72 5.72 $41.08 $85,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 80 0.03 0.22 $40.52 $84,280

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.19 25.31 $35.88 $74,640
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 8.30 $30.21 $62,830
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.08 16.51 $29.47 $61,290
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.67 5.32 $28.97 $60,260
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.97 15.62 $25.72 $53,500

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.19 25.31 $35.88 $74,640
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 2.56 20.26 $30.49 $63,420
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.08 16.51 $29.47 $61,290
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.97 15.62 $25.72 $53,500
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 1.83 14.50 $32.00 $66,560

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 0.70 5.51 $37.64 $78,290
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.19 25.31 $35.88 $74,640
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 3.81 $33.82 $70,340
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.78 6.18 $33.81 $70,320
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.81 6.39 $32.85 $68,330


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017