Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
111,690 2.8 % $46.19 $96,070 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.69 $27.80 $39.46 $56.48 $77.17
Annual Wage (2) $45,120 $57,820 $82,090 $117,470 $160,520


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 39,320 6.07 $50.73 $105,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 23,750 0.79 $33.08 $68,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 20,130 0.37 $42.20 $87,770
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,430 2.23 $66.19 $137,670
Offices of Physicians 4,310 0.17 $50.06 $104,130

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 39,320 6.07 $50.73 $105,510
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,430 2.23 $66.19 $137,670
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,910 1.47 $47.17 $98,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 23,750 0.79 $33.08 $68,810
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,780 0.69 $37.94 $78,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,080 0.05 $66.49 $138,310
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,430 2.23 $66.19 $137,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $61.24 $127,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $59.86 $124,520
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 160 0.01 $59.03 $122,770


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 25,730 1.54 1.97 $50.04 $104,070
Massachusetts 11,170 3.17 4.04 $43.84 $91,180
New York 9,190 1.00 1.27 $45.28 $94,180
Pennsylvania 7,690 1.33 1.70 $52.98 $110,210
Washington 5,330 1.67 2.13 $42.18 $87,730




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 11,170 3.17 4.04 $43.84 $91,180
Washington 5,330 1.67 2.13 $42.18 $87,730
California 25,730 1.54 1.97 $50.04 $104,070
Maryland 3,980 1.49 1.91 $54.68 $113,730
Pennsylvania 7,690 1.33 1.70 $52.98 $110,210




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 2,560 0.64 0.81 $69.88 $145,340
New Hampshire 390 0.60 0.77 $59.94 $124,670
Connecticut 1,430 0.87 1.11 $58.10 $120,860
Maryland 3,980 1.49 1.91 $54.68 $113,730
Delaware 330 0.75 0.96 $53.13 $110,510



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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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 9,950 5.41 6.91 $42.57 $88,550
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,080 0.91 1.16 $44.39 $92,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,760 1.30 1.66 $42.93 $89,290
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,900 4.39 5.60 $47.40 $98,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,810 2.92 3.73 $41.86 $87,060
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 4,300 4.16 5.31 $53.92 $112,160
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,760 2.62 3.34 $54.64 $113,660
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,360 4.05 5.16 $54.87 $114,130
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,330 0.64 0.81 $33.39 $69,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,320 1.20 1.53 $37.81 $78,640


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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)
Iowa City, IA 750 8.13 10.38 $31.29 $65,090
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,160 7.24 9.24 $50.81 $105,670
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 9,950 5.41 6.91 $42.57 $88,550
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,900 4.39 5.60 $47.40 $98,600
Ann Arbor, MI 900 4.19 5.35 $28.42 $59,120
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 4,300 4.16 5.31 $53.92 $112,160
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 2,360 4.05 5.16 $54.87 $114,130
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 410 3.54 4.51 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,810 2.92 3.73 $41.86 $87,060
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 500 2.88 3.67 $57.61 $119,820


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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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,400 1.20 1.53 $72.30 $150,370
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $69.97 $145,540
New Haven, CT 330 1.20 1.53 $68.16 $141,770
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $66.15 $137,590
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 170 0.93 1.18 $65.58 $136,410
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 40 0.12 0.15 $61.65 $128,220
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 670 1.66 2.12 $60.36 $125,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.50 0.64 $59.55 $123,850
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 310 2.28 2.91 $59.16 $123,050
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 500 2.88 3.67 $57.61 $119,820

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 280 4.26 5.44 $45.01 $93,630
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 0.92 $49.19 $102,320
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 0.55 $45.97 $95,610
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.28 $53.88 $112,070
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.21 $33.47 $69,620

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 280 4.26 5.44 $45.01 $93,630
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 0.92 $49.19 $102,320
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 0.55 $45.97 $95,610
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.28 $53.88 $112,070
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.21 $33.47 $69,620

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.28 $53.88 $112,070
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 0.92 $49.19 $102,320
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $49.17 $102,280
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 0.55 $45.97 $95,610
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 280 4.26 5.44 $45.01 $93,630


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