Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-1031 Conservation Scientists

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).


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)
22,040 1.8 % $31.18 $64,850 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.22 $22.26 $29.56 $37.88 $46.87
Annual Wage (2) $33,740 $46,310 $61,480 $78,780 $97,490


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) 6,640 0.33 $37.50 $77,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,510 0.25 $25.84 $53,750
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,570 0.08 $26.43 $54,980
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,550 1.20 $31.51 $65,540
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,080 0.04 $33.95 $70,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,550 1.20 $31.51 $65,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,640 0.33 $37.50 $77,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,510 0.25 $25.84 $53,750
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.10 $25.79 $53,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,570 0.08 $26.43 $54,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 420 0.06 $42.90 $89,230
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.03 $40.62 $84,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,640 0.33 $37.50 $77,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,080 0.04 $33.95 $70,620
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,550 1.20 $31.51 $65,540


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)
Texas 1,930 0.16 1.05 $27.69 $57,600
California 1,760 0.11 0.68 $37.06 $77,090
Colorado 1,340 0.53 3.40 $32.83 $68,280
Florida 1,010 0.12 0.77 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 910 0.16 1.02 $25.26 $52,550




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)
Montana 580 1.26 8.14 $28.90 $60,120
Wyoming 180 0.68 4.38 $32.97 $68,570
South Dakota 290 0.68 4.42 $29.84 $62,060
North Dakota 260 0.62 3.98 $31.30 $65,100
Mississippi 680 0.61 3.92 $26.31 $54,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 190 0.61 3.93 $44.49 $92,540
New Jersey 330 0.08 0.54 $41.59 $86,520
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $39.34 $81,820
New Hampshire 50 0.08 0.52 $37.82 $78,670
California 1,760 0.11 0.68 $37.06 $77,090



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 2.12 $37.89 $78,810
Fort Collins, CO 690 4.45 28.78 $33.22 $69,090
Austin-Round Rock, TX 440 0.44 2.84 $27.79 $57,800
Jackson, MS 390 1.50 9.71 $25.71 $53,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 1.28 $30.85 $64,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 340 0.30 1.93 $38.91 $80,930
Baton Rouge, LA 340 0.88 5.68 $29.27 $60,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.09 0.61 $26.41 $54,940
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 270 0.28 1.80 $36.42 $75,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.18 1.15 $34.69 $72,150


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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)
Fort Collins, CO 690 4.45 28.78 $33.22 $69,090
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 240 2.23 14.44 $30.59 $63,620
Corvallis, OR 70 1.91 12.39 $42.38 $88,140
Jackson, MS 390 1.50 9.71 $25.71 $53,490
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.42 9.17 $26.40 $54,920
Missoula, MT 80 1.33 8.60 $33.05 $68,740
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.13 7.34 $25.88 $53,840
Flagstaff, AZ 60 0.92 5.98 $29.72 $61,820
Baton Rouge, LA 340 0.88 5.68 $29.27 $60,880
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 30 0.80 5.16 $27.78 $57,780


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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.13 0.82 $51.31 $106,730
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $45.95 $95,570
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.54 $45.44 $94,520
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.65 $92,870
Trenton, NJ 60 0.25 1.59 $43.81 $91,130
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $43.62 $90,720
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.14 0.93 $42.81 $89,050
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 170 0.15 0.96 $42.72 $88,860
Corvallis, OR 70 1.91 12.39 $42.38 $88,140
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 3.09 $42.26 $87,910

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 260 1.91 12.33 $27.25 $56,670
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.57 3.67 $31.00 $64,470
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.06 13.33 $29.20 $60,730
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 3.79 $31.45 $65,420
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.85 5.48 $30.35 $63,130

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)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 2.74 17.71 $25.33 $52,690
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 2.26 14.59 $31.88 $66,320
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.06 13.33 $29.20 $60,730
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 2.00 12.94 $28.17 $58,600
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 260 1.91 12.33 $27.25 $56,670

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 7.12 $52.65 $109,520
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 4.20 $41.18 $85,650
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 3.55 $38.85 $80,810
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.07 $38.52 $80,110
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 2.76 $37.60 $78,200


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.

(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