Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
7,890 4.1 % $39.98 $83,150 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.24 $26.15 $35.51 $49.56 $65.56
Annual Wage (2) $44,190 $54,390 $73,860 $103,090 $136,370


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 2,670 0.09 $37.29 $77,570
Employment Services 1,110 0.03 $39.62 $82,400
State Government (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $32.20 $66,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 700 0.10 $42.08 $87,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 380 0.13 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 380 0.13 (8) (8)
Scientific Research and Development Services 700 0.10 $42.08 $87,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,670 0.09 $37.29 $77,570
State Government (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $32.20 $66,970
Other Food Manufacturing 110 0.05 $48.52 $100,920

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) 360 0.02 $54.01 $112,340
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $52.49 $109,180
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 150 0.04 $51.06 $106,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $50.36 $104,740
Other Food Manufacturing 110 0.05 $48.52 $100,920


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 1,700 0.11 1.89 $49.54 $103,050
Massachusetts 770 0.22 3.95 $40.45 $84,140
Minnesota 540 0.19 3.43 $33.46 $69,590
New Jersey 460 0.12 2.06 $41.66 $86,660
Illinois 370 0.06 1.10 $38.53 $80,150




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 150 0.36 6.46 $24.68 $51,340
Massachusetts 770 0.22 3.95 $40.45 $84,140
Minnesota 540 0.19 3.43 $33.46 $69,590
Hawaii 90 0.15 2.64 $39.93 $83,060
New Jersey 460 0.12 2.06 $41.66 $86,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 40 0.01 0.23 $60.19 $125,190
Maryland 300 0.11 2.01 $50.82 $105,710
California 1,700 0.11 1.89 $49.54 $103,050
Texas 280 0.02 0.42 $47.90 $99,630
Alabama 90 0.05 0.81 $45.27 $94,170





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 660 0.37 6.53 $40.78 $84,820
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 380 0.06 1.02 $40.93 $85,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.19 3.32 $36.00 $74,880
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 280 0.20 3.53 $46.62 $96,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 1.31 $42.42 $88,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 4.03 $53.70 $111,690
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 2.94 $57.22 $119,010
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 140 0.11 1.88 (8) (8)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.14 2.57 $29.00 $60,310
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 3.58 $49.29 $102,530




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 660 0.37 6.53 $40.78 $84,820
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 60 0.35 6.20 $45.79 $95,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 4.03 $53.70 $111,690
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 3.58 $49.29 $102,530
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 280 0.20 3.53 $46.62 $96,980
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.19 3.45 $40.68 $84,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.19 3.32 $36.00 $74,880
Richmond, VA 110 0.18 3.20 $26.67 $55,480
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 2.94 $57.22 $119,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.14 2.57 $29.00 $60,310




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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 2.94 $57.22 $119,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 4.03 $53.70 $111,690
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (8) (8) (8) $52.45 $109,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.45 $52.38 $108,940
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 3.58 $49.29 $102,530
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.11 1.97 $48.17 $100,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 60 0.03 0.52 $46.75 $97,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.07 1.30 $46.68 $97,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 280 0.20 3.53 $46.62 $96,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $46.08 $95,850


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.

(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