Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research. Practitioners who primarily provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs are included in "Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners" (29-1000).


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)
108,870 3.0 % $45.68 $95,000 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.42 $27.40 $38.72 $56.17 $76.72
Annual Wage (2) $44,550 $57,000 $80,530 $116,840 $159,570


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 41,840 6.22 $50.51 $105,060
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 25,310 0.84 $31.97 $66,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,610 0.29 $41.86 $87,080
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,970 1.75 $66.58 $138,490
Offices of Physicians 4,350 0.17 $49.81 $103,600

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 41,840 6.22 $50.51 $105,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,970 1.75 $66.58 $138,490
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,990 1.13 $50.63 $105,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 25,310 0.84 $31.97 $66,500
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 810 0.41 $54.68 $113,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,970 1.75 $66.58 $138,490
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 410 0.06 $65.93 $137,130
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $59.64 $124,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,410 0.06 $59.35 $123,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,190 0.06 $58.51 $121,690


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 24,260 1.52 1.96 $50.63 $105,310
New York 9,900 1.09 1.40 $44.61 $92,790
Massachusetts 9,710 2.81 3.62 $45.48 $94,590
Pennsylvania 6,750 1.17 1.51 $46.77 $97,280
Maryland 5,010 1.90 2.45 $51.84 $107,830




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)
Massachusetts 9,710 2.81 3.62 $45.48 $94,590
Maryland 5,010 1.90 2.45 $51.84 $107,830
California 24,260 1.52 1.96 $50.63 $105,310
Washington 4,430 1.45 1.86 $40.75 $84,750
Pennsylvania 6,750 1.17 1.51 $46.77 $97,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 4,150 1.05 1.35 $61.84 $128,620
Connecticut 1,640 0.98 1.27 $55.79 $116,040
Arkansas 140 0.12 0.16 $55.35 $115,120
Delaware 250 0.57 0.74 $55.01 $114,430
Virginia 1,900 0.50 0.65 $54.89 $114,170





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 8,460 4.69 6.05 $44.19 $91,920
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,780 1.03 1.33 $43.35 $90,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,300 1.26 1.62 $42.24 $87,850
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 5,210 4.88 6.29 $48.72 $101,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,240 2.67 3.44 $40.76 $84,790
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 4,090 3.99 5.15 $49.88 $103,750
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,560 2.56 3.31 $55.55 $115,540
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,150 2.72 3.51 $63.27 $131,600
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,880 2.14 2.77 $48.20 $100,260
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,360 0.65 0.84 $33.03 $68,700




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)
Iowa City, IA 770 8.47 10.92 $30.46 $63,350
Ann Arbor, MI 1,770 8.37 10.80 $28.75 $59,800
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,790 6.10 7.86 $52.30 $108,780
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 5,210 4.88 6.29 $48.72 $101,330
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 8,460 4.69 6.05 $44.19 $91,920
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 4,090 3.99 5.15 $49.88 $103,750
Charlottesville, VA 420 3.86 4.98 $40.33 $83,900
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,010 3.46 4.46 $55.71 $115,880
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 560 3.19 4.12 (8) (8)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 230 2.76 3.55 $33.91 $70,530




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)
Texarkana, TX-AR 40 0.71 0.92 $104.70 $217,770
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 110 0.61 0.79 $76.66 $159,450
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $69.42 $144,380
Napa, CA 70 0.96 1.23 $68.37 $142,220
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $66.23 $137,760
New Haven, CT 300 1.07 1.37 $64.62 $134,410
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,150 2.72 3.51 $63.27 $131,600
Columbia, SC 40 0.10 0.12 $63.16 $131,370
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 70 0.21 0.27 $62.15 $129,260
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $60.75 $126,350

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 Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 330 5.18 6.68 $41.43 $86,170
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 0.58 (8) (8)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 1.03 $47.41 $98,600
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.54 $46.00 $95,680
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.22 $32.89 $68,400

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 330 5.18 6.68 $41.43 $86,170
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 1.03 $47.41 $98,600
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 0.58 (8) (8)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.54 $46.00 $95,680
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 0.24 (8) (8)

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)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 1.03 $47.41 $98,600
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.54 $46.00 $95,680
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 330 5.18 6.68 $41.43 $86,170
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.22 $32.89 $68,400


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.

(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 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