Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other

All biological scientists not listed separately.


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)
35,110 3.1 % $37.42 $77,830 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.21 $26.72 $35.96 $44.00 $56.09
Annual Wage (2) $42,040 $55,570 $74,790 $91,520 $116,680


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,480 0.81 $38.38 $79,830
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,250 0.93 $41.54 $86,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,710 0.19 $28.31 $58,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,090 0.08 $47.31 $98,400
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,070 0.38 $43.54 $90,550

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 6,250 0.93 $41.54 $86,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,480 0.81 $38.38 $79,830
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,070 0.38 $43.54 $90,550
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 560 0.21 $33.71 $70,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,710 0.19 $28.31 $58,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.12 $48.44 $100,760
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,090 0.08 $47.31 $98,400
Employment Services 310 0.01 $45.55 $94,740
Offices of Physicians 120 (7) $44.06 $91,650
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,070 0.38 $43.54 $90,550


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 7,170 0.45 1.79 $39.95 $83,090
Maryland 3,540 1.34 5.37 $48.55 $100,990
Massachusetts 3,460 1.00 3.99 $33.43 $69,530
Texas 2,270 0.19 0.77 $34.38 $71,520
Florida 1,550 0.19 0.76 $36.99 $76,940




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)
Maryland 3,540 1.34 5.37 $48.55 $100,990
Alaska 340 1.04 4.18 $37.70 $78,420
Massachusetts 3,460 1.00 3.99 $33.43 $69,530
Montana 400 0.88 3.53 $31.72 $65,980
Wyoming 170 0.61 2.43 $32.44 $67,470




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 280 0.40 1.61 $50.37 $104,760
Maryland 3,540 1.34 5.37 $48.55 $100,990
Connecticut 150 0.09 0.37 $48.48 $100,850
New Hampshire 100 0.15 0.60 $46.77 $97,270
Virginia 580 0.15 0.61 $44.10 $91,730





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,830 1.57 6.28 $32.31 $67,210
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,780 4.77 19.09 $49.79 $103,570
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 1.26 5.04 $46.92 $97,600
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.12 4.50 $40.56 $84,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.28 1.11 $38.73 $80,550
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 870 0.63 2.52 $37.91 $78,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 810 0.33 1.30 $48.84 $101,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 660 0.41 1.66 $37.74 $78,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 530 0.21 0.83 $35.00 $72,790
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 530 0.39 1.57 $44.05 $91,620




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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,780 4.77 19.09 $49.79 $103,570
Athens-Clarke County, GA 170 2.05 8.21 $31.01 $64,500
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.66 6.63 $33.61 $69,910
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 460 1.58 6.30 $39.71 $82,590
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,830 1.57 6.28 $32.31 $67,210
Ames, IA 60 1.48 5.92 $33.19 $69,030
Flagstaff, AZ 90 1.43 5.71 $30.59 $63,640
Gainesville, FL 170 1.32 5.28 $24.77 $51,530
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 1.26 5.04 $46.92 $97,600
Boulder, CO 220 1.23 4.92 $29.53 $61,420




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.20 0.78 $51.82 $107,780
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.18 0.70 $51.82 $107,770
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 60 0.34 1.36 $50.45 $104,930
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,780 4.77 19.09 $49.79 $103,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 810 0.33 1.30 $48.84 $101,600
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 1.26 5.04 $46.92 $97,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.45 $45.51 $94,650
Dayton, OH 70 0.19 0.75 $45.15 $93,920
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 530 0.39 1.57 $44.05 $91,620
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 110 1.15 4.59 $43.45 $90,370

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.69 6.76 $32.76 $68,150
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.88 7.52 $30.75 $63,950
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.19 $31.42 $65,350
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.78 7.11 $30.48 $63,400
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 4.37 $32.86 $68,340

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 70 2.10 8.41 $41.59 $86,500
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.88 7.52 $30.75 $63,950
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.78 7.11 $30.48 $63,400
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.69 6.76 $32.76 $68,150
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 1.27 5.08 $40.55 $84,350

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)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.73 2.91 $47.09 $97,940
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.10 8.41 $41.59 $86,500
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 1.27 5.08 $40.55 $84,350
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 2.50 $37.71 $78,430
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.85 $36.43 $75,780


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.

(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