Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-1099 Life Scientists, All Other

All life scientists not listed separately.


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)
7,120 4.6 % $39.55 $82,270 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.47 $26.05 $35.84 $49.14 $66.08
Annual Wage (2) $42,590 $54,180 $74,540 $102,210 $137,440


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,330 0.08 $37.44 $77,870
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,080 0.05 $33.67 $70,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 930 0.14 $39.80 $82,780
Employment Services 860 0.02 (8) (8)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $54.58 $113,530

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 930 0.14 $39.80 $82,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,330 0.08 $37.44 $77,870
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,080 0.05 $33.67 $70,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $54.58 $113,530
Employment Services 860 0.02 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $54.58 $113,530
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing (8) (8) $52.41 $109,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $50.32 $104,670
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $49.58 $103,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $43.03 $89,510


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 1,450 0.09 1.74 $46.39 $96,480
Massachusetts 760 0.22 4.32 $40.95 $85,180
Minnesota 560 0.20 3.97 $34.20 $71,130
Maryland 420 0.16 3.15 $45.34 $94,310
Illinois 300 0.05 1.01 $39.73 $82,630




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)
North Dakota 110 0.28 5.52 (8) (8)
Massachusetts 760 0.22 4.32 $40.95 $85,180
Minnesota 560 0.20 3.97 $34.20 $71,130
Maryland 420 0.16 3.15 $45.34 $94,310
Rhode Island 70 0.14 2.81 $27.84 $57,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,450 0.09 1.74 $46.39 $96,480
Alabama 90 0.05 0.93 $46.25 $96,210
Maryland 420 0.16 3.15 $45.34 $94,310
North Carolina 170 0.04 0.79 $44.29 $92,120
Texas 140 0.01 0.24 $44.27 $92,080



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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 650 0.36 7.13 $41.51 $86,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 3.95 $35.66 $74,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.09 1.87 $44.63 $92,840
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 1.25 $45.28 $94,170
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 200 0.21 4.24 $29.28 $60,900
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 190 0.03 0.55 $39.57 $82,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.07 1.48 $42.87 $89,170
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.19 3.73 $50.33 $104,680
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 110 0.08 1.58 $44.38 $92,310
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 1.71 $52.58 $109,370


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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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 650 0.36 7.13 $41.51 $86,340
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 80 0.26 5.30 $50.90 $105,870
Albuquerque, NM 90 0.23 4.52 $26.36 $54,820
Trenton, NJ 50 0.21 4.20 $39.20 $81,540
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 200 0.21 4.24 $29.28 $60,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 3.95 $35.66 $74,160
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.19 3.73 $50.33 $104,680
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.15 2.98 $36.05 $74,990
Raleigh, NC 80 0.13 2.60 $38.77 $80,650
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 70 0.13 2.57 $27.16 $56,490


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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)
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) $60.18 $125,170
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 1.71 $52.58 $109,370
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 80 0.26 5.30 $50.90 $105,870
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.19 3.73 $50.33 $104,680
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.03 $48.21 $100,270
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.12 2.30 $47.77 $99,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $47.18 $98,130
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $46.18 $96,060
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $45.32 $94,270
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 1.25 $45.28 $94,170

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 3.30 $41.43 $86,180

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 3.30 $41.43 $86,180

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 3.30 $41.43 $86,180


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