Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-2021 Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.


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)
9,800 5.2 % $45.60 $94,840 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.75 $33.59 $44.45 $55.05 $67.71
Annual Wage (2) $51,480 $69,860 $92,460 $114,510 $140,830


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $48.64 $101,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,460 0.37 $50.04 $104,090
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,180 0.17 $36.11 $75,110
Radio and Television Broadcasting 790 0.36 $44.74 $93,060
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 600 0.05 $35.32 $73,470

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 2,460 0.37 $50.04 $104,090
Radio and Television Broadcasting 790 0.36 $44.74 $93,060
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,180 0.17 $36.11 $75,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $48.64 $101,160
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 50 0.09 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 110 0.01 $50.38 $104,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,460 0.37 $50.04 $104,090
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $48.64 $101,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $48.36 $100,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $46.63 $97,000


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)
Colorado 1,580 0.63 9.05 $47.99 $99,810
California 700 0.04 0.63 $44.89 $93,370
Texas 650 0.06 0.80 $39.14 $81,410
Maryland 590 0.22 3.22 $51.78 $107,710
Massachusetts 480 0.14 1.97 (8) (8)




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)
Colorado 1,580 0.63 9.05 $47.99 $99,810
Alaska 150 0.45 6.45 $42.03 $87,420
Wyoming 70 0.26 3.70 $40.39 $84,010
Montana 100 0.23 3.25 $40.79 $84,850
Maryland 590 0.22 3.22 $51.78 $107,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 590 0.22 3.22 $51.78 $107,710
New Jersey 120 0.03 0.43 $50.38 $104,780
Oklahoma 150 0.09 1.34 $49.93 $103,850
Hawaii 60 0.10 1.46 $49.67 $103,300
New Mexico 150 0.18 2.65 $49.45 $102,850





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)
Boulder, CO 1,080 6.13 87.89 $49.31 $102,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 520 0.21 3.01 $53.24 $110,730
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 2.04 $49.89 $103,770
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.03 0.50 $47.55 $98,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.12 1.72 $26.04 $54,160
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 200 0.35 4.97 $53.51 $111,310
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 190 0.26 3.76 $43.58 $90,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.12 1.68 $41.33 $85,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 180 0.06 0.87 $37.05 $77,070
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 170 0.15 2.21 $43.91 $91,330




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)
Boulder, CO 1,080 6.13 87.89 $49.31 $102,570
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 200 0.35 4.97 $53.51 $111,310
Anchorage, AK 60 0.35 5.01 $45.99 $95,650
Asheville, NC 60 0.30 4.33 $42.64 $88,700
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 190 0.26 3.76 $43.58 $90,640
Tallahassee, FL 40 0.22 3.16 $35.50 $73,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 520 0.21 3.01 $53.24 $110,730
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.18 2.60 $52.06 $108,270
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.17 2.50 $33.74 $70,170
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 60 0.17 2.39 $39.31 $81,750




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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 0.56 $55.26 $114,940
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 200 0.35 4.97 $53.51 $111,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 520 0.21 3.01 $53.24 $110,730
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $52.16 $108,500
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.61 $52.08 $108,330
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.18 2.60 $52.06 $108,270
Urban Honolulu, HI 40 0.09 1.33 $50.53 $105,100
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 2.04 $49.89 $103,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 70 0.03 0.39 $49.76 $103,490
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.04 0.64 $49.50 $102,970

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.25 17.92 $36.58 $76,080

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.25 17.92 $36.58 $76,080

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.25 17.92 $36.58 $76,080


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