Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
6,870 1.9 % $36.65 $76,230 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.58 $26.53 $33.49 $42.77 $54.60
Annual Wage (2) $42,810 $55,190 $69,660 $88,960 $113,560


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) 2,510 0.11 $31.08 $64,640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,180 0.02 $33.36 $69,400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 940 0.02 $40.64 $84,540
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 790 0.03 $32.03 $66,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 610 0.09 $58.75 $122,190

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) 2,510 0.11 $31.08 $64,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 610 0.09 $58.75 $122,190
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 120 0.05 $38.08 $79,210
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 130 0.04 $40.46 $84,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 790 0.03 $32.03 $66,620

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 610 0.09 $58.75 $122,190
Offices of Physicians 130 (7) $45.89 $95,450
Outpatient Care Centers 50 0.01 $44.95 $93,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 940 0.02 $40.64 $84,540
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 130 0.04 $40.46 $84,150


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 800 0.05 1.00 $46.93 $97,600
Texas 630 0.05 1.09 $34.76 $72,300
Georgia 390 0.09 1.86 $29.90 $62,200
Maryland 340 0.13 2.67 $36.76 $76,460
Washington 320 0.10 2.09 $44.97 $93,530




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 110 0.16 3.24 $27.58 $57,370
New Mexico 100 0.13 2.65 $34.96 $72,710
Maryland 340 0.13 2.67 $36.76 $76,460
Colorado 300 0.12 2.43 $31.29 $65,080
Washington 320 0.10 2.09 $44.97 $93,530




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 50 0.07 1.48 $54.11 $112,550
New Jersey 110 0.03 0.58 $49.78 $103,540
Massachusetts 280 0.08 1.68 $49.76 $103,510
California 800 0.05 1.00 $46.93 $97,600
Washington 320 0.10 2.09 $44.97 $93,530



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 340 0.12 2.42 $30.63 $63,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.11 2.25 $30.89 $64,260
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 250 0.17 3.56 $30.81 $64,080
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 240 0.18 3.69 $32.75 $68,110
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 230 0.12 2.57 $49.84 $103,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.11 2.22 $37.24 $77,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.91 $40.32 $83,860
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.48 $42.82 $89,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.71 $38.89 $80,890
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 2.66 $50.34 $104,700


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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)
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 80 0.39 8.03 $30.52 $63,490
Lubbock, TX 40 0.28 5.75 $23.31 $48,480
Madison, WI 90 0.23 4.79 $36.99 $76,940
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 100 0.18 3.72 $42.21 $87,790
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 240 0.18 3.69 $32.75 $68,110
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.18 3.76 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 250 0.17 3.56 $30.81 $64,080
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 100 0.16 3.37 $40.04 $83,280
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 140 0.14 2.93 $39.71 $82,590
Jackson, MS 40 0.14 2.90 (8) (8)


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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 60 0.11 2.23 $54.33 $113,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 2.66 $50.34 $104,700
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 30 0.10 2.13 $49.94 $103,870
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 230 0.12 2.57 $49.84 $103,660
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.64 $49.28 $102,500
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 2.00 $49.17 $102,270
Austin-Round Rock, TX 130 0.13 2.68 $48.25 $100,360
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.40 $45.03 $93,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.82 $44.57 $92,710
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.48 $42.82 $89,060


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.

(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 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