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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-1041 Epidemiologists

Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.


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)
7,410 2.0 % $37.64 $78,290 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.15 $27.03 $34.13 $44.52 $57.35
Annual Wage (2) $44,000 $56,220 $70,990 $92,600 $119,290


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) 2,670 0.12 $32.58 $67,760
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,390 0.03 $35.37 $73,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,080 0.02 $41.42 $86,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 850 0.03 $32.68 $67,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 590 0.08 $54.14 $112,610

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) 2,670 0.12 $32.58 $67,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 590 0.08 $54.14 $112,610
Grantmaking and Giving Services 60 0.04 $59.51 $123,780
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 110 0.04 $42.61 $88,630
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 120 0.04 $49.26 $102,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 60 0.04 $59.51 $123,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 590 0.08 $54.14 $112,610
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 120 0.04 $49.26 $102,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $45.66 $94,960
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 110 0.04 $42.61 $88,630


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 730 0.06 1.16 $31.54 $65,610
California 720 0.04 0.82 $44.13 $91,800
Washington 450 0.14 2.69 $53.44 $111,160
Georgia 390 0.09 1.71 $31.21 $64,910
Colorado 340 0.13 2.55 $30.75 $63,950




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)
West Virginia 100 0.14 2.83 $28.31 $58,880
Washington 450 0.14 2.69 $53.44 $111,160
Montana 60 0.13 2.48 $30.07 $62,550
Maryland 340 0.13 2.53 $44.09 $91,720
Colorado 340 0.13 2.55 $30.75 $63,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 220 0.06 1.22 $54.91 $114,220
Washington 450 0.14 2.69 $53.44 $111,160
New Jersey 130 0.03 0.65 $49.71 $103,390
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.90 $48.05 $99,940
California 720 0.04 0.82 $44.13 $91,800





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 330 0.11 2.16 $29.96 $62,310
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 300 0.15 2.90 $58.72 $122,150
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.19 3.81 $30.34 $63,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.10 2.01 $32.63 $67,860
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 250 0.03 0.51 $52.00 $108,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.12 2.39 $35.75 $74,350
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.17 3.31 $33.36 $69,390
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 230 0.05 0.97 $41.63 $86,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 200 0.06 1.25 $56.54 $117,610
Columbus, OH 180 0.17 3.32 $34.10 $70,920




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)
Charleston, WV 60 0.51 10.01 $24.73 $51,440
Trenton, NJ 90 0.38 7.49 $48.39 $100,660
Madison, WI 90 0.22 4.39 $38.55 $80,180
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.20 3.90 $47.46 $98,720
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.19 3.81 $30.34 $63,100
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 120 0.18 3.61 $41.05 $85,380
Columbus, OH 180 0.17 3.32 $34.10 $70,920
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.17 3.31 $33.36 $69,390
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.16 3.07 $43.86 $91,220
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 300 0.15 2.90 $58.72 $122,150




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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 300 0.15 2.90 $58.72 $122,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 200 0.06 1.25 $56.54 $117,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 170 0.06 1.24 $55.67 $115,800
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 250 0.03 0.51 $52.00 $108,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.31 $51.81 $107,760
Trenton, NJ 90 0.38 7.49 $48.39 $100,660
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.20 3.90 $47.46 $98,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 60 0.02 0.43 $46.92 $97,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 170 0.03 0.53 $45.59 $94,830
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.16 3.07 $43.86 $91,220


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020