Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
17,860 2.3 % $32.58 $67,760 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.37 $24.26 $30.49 $38.01 $49.44
Annual Wage (2) $40,290 $50,460 $63,420 $79,070 $102,830


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) 6,760 0.31 $27.94 $58,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,970 0.20 $40.60 $84,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,850 0.13 $35.65 $74,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,430 0.03 $32.69 $67,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,340 0.04 $31.44 $65,390

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) 6,760 0.31 $27.94 $58,120
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 470 0.28 $27.18 $56,520
Social Advocacy Organizations 570 0.26 $29.21 $60,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,970 0.20 $40.60 $84,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,850 0.13 $35.65 $74,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $45.95 $95,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,970 0.20 $40.60 $84,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $39.60 $82,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,850 0.13 $35.65 $74,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 300 0.02 $35.32 $73,470


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 2,370 0.73 5.89 $36.25 $75,400
California 2,240 0.13 1.07 $36.46 $75,840
Florida 1,370 0.16 1.29 $24.98 $51,950
Oregon 950 0.50 4.09 $35.30 $73,430
Minnesota 700 0.25 1.99 $29.43 $61,220




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 670 2.13 17.25 $36.85 $76,640
Wyoming 310 1.13 9.19 $29.83 $62,040
Montana 360 0.79 6.38 $32.10 $66,770
Washington 2,370 0.73 5.89 $36.25 $75,400
Idaho 490 0.69 5.63 $33.38 $69,430




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 0.99 $52.60 $109,420
Massachusetts 350 0.10 0.79 $42.29 $87,950
Maryland 320 0.12 0.97 $40.31 $83,850
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.29 $37.90 $78,830
Alaska 670 2.13 17.25 $36.85 $76,640





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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,040 0.52 4.25 $39.61 $82,390
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 410 0.42 3.39 $34.97 $72,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 360 0.15 1.20 $39.40 $81,950
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 350 0.27 2.18 $24.88 $51,750
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.15 1.24 $28.67 $59,640
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 290 2.60 21.08 $33.49 $69,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 280 0.24 1.93 $39.13 $81,380
Boise City, ID 250 0.79 6.41 $34.72 $72,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 250 0.08 0.66 $49.84 $103,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 230 0.04 0.31 $44.15 $91,840




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)
Fairbanks, AK 110 3.23 26.13 $35.72 $74,290
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 290 2.60 21.08 $33.49 $69,650
Corvallis, OR 80 2.05 16.62 $36.79 $76,520
Barnstable Town, MA 150 1.48 12.01 $49.46 $102,880
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.36 11.03 $27.72 $57,660
Wenatchee, WA 60 1.35 10.96 $36.00 $74,880
Walla Walla, WA 30 1.25 10.16 $34.52 $71,810
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 100 1.18 9.54 $31.91 $66,370
Bangor, ME 60 1.00 8.08 $28.71 $59,720
Anchorage, AK 170 0.99 8.02 $35.76 $74,390