Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
8,940 3.5 % $45.05 $93,710 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.13 $33.03 $44.27 $54.27 $66.47
Annual Wage (2) $50,180 $68,700 $92,070 $112,880 $138,250


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 $49.28 $102,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,680 0.26 $50.46 $104,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,170 0.04 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,120 0.16 $36.08 $75,050
Radio and Television Broadcasting 890 0.41 $45.29 $94,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 890 0.41 $45.29 $94,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,680 0.26 $50.46 $104,950
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,120 0.16 $36.08 $75,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $49.28 $102,510
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 70 0.14 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,680 0.26 $50.46 $104,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,840 0.14 $49.28 $102,510
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities (8) (8) $46.68 $97,100
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130 0.01 $46.02 $95,720
Radio and Television Broadcasting 890 0.41 $45.29 $94,210


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 1,180 0.46 7.36 $45.29 $94,200
Texas 680 0.06 0.91 $39.41 $81,970
California 580 0.03 0.56 $46.94 $97,640
Maryland 570 0.21 3.39 $50.44 $104,910
Florida 440 0.05 0.82 $45.55 $94,740




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)
Alaska 160 0.50 7.90 $41.85 $87,050
Colorado 1,180 0.46 7.36 $45.29 $94,200
Wyoming 70 0.25 4.06 $41.35 $86,020
Oklahoma 340 0.22 3.44 $38.87 $80,840
Maryland 570 0.21 3.39 $50.44 $104,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky 70 0.03 0.55 $53.23 $110,730
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $53.07 $110,390
New Mexico 110 0.13 2.11 $51.36 $106,820
Maryland 570 0.21 3.39 $50.44 $104,910
Missouri 140 0.05 0.82 $49.31 $102,560



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.25 3.97 $52.11 $108,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 1.26 $36.50 $75,920
Salt Lake City, UT 210 0.30 4.81 $36.88 $76,720
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.11 1.83 $41.63 $86,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 1.63 $50.84 $105,750
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 0.43 $50.18 $104,370
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 180 0.30 4.78 $52.42 $109,040
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 150 0.13 2.14 $42.16 $87,690
Huntsville, AL 140 0.64 10.19 $51.09 $106,260
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.11 1.76 $46.01 $95,690


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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)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 40 0.89 14.11 $28.92 $60,160
Huntsville, AL 140 0.64 10.19 $51.09 $106,260
Tuscaloosa, AL 60 0.62 9.95 $49.50 $102,960
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 70 0.44 7.02 $34.01 $70,740
Anchorage, AK 60 0.34 5.34 $46.85 $97,450
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 180 0.30 4.78 $52.42 $109,040
Salt Lake City, UT 210 0.30 4.81 $36.88 $76,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.25 3.97 $52.11 $108,390
Lubbock, TX 40 0.25 4.04 $42.14 $87,650
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 110 0.24 3.76 $39.10 $81,330


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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.19 $54.61 $113,590
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 0.03 0.55 $53.23 $110,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $52.68 $109,580
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $52.69 $109,580
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 180 0.30 4.78 $52.42 $109,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.25 3.97 $52.11 $108,390
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 40 0.04 0.59 $51.60 $107,330
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 0.37 $51.53 $107,180
Huntsville, AL 140 0.64 10.19 $51.09 $106,260
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $51.01 $106,100


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