Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

19-2099 Physical Scientists, All Other

All physical 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)
17,380 2.6 % $52.93 $110,090 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.87 $36.46 $51.55 $65.83 $78.95
Annual Wage (2) $51,730 $75,830 $107,230 $136,930 $164,210


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) 7,950 0.40 $54.60 $113,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,800 0.42 $60.67 $126,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,950 0.06 $33.09 $68,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,770 0.08 $37.73 $78,480
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 490 0.10 (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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,800 0.42 $60.67 $126,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,950 0.40 $54.60 $113,570
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 490 0.10 (8) (8)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,770 0.08 $37.73 $78,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,950 0.06 $33.09 $68,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 120 0.03 $76.34 $158,790
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 180 0.01 $74.87 $155,730
Legal Services (8) (8) $69.08 $143,680
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 60 0.01 $64.99 $135,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,800 0.42 $60.67 $126,190


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 2,170 0.13 1.06 $56.65 $117,830
Maryland 1,690 0.63 5.25 $62.72 $130,450
Virginia 1,600 0.42 3.47 $58.58 $121,850
Texas 1,310 0.11 0.90 $48.71 $101,320
New York 900 0.10 0.80 $49.99 $103,970




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)
District of Columbia 700 0.99 8.23 $64.47 $134,100
New Mexico 620 0.76 6.35 $61.16 $127,210
Maryland 1,690 0.63 5.25 $62.72 $130,450
Virginia 1,600 0.42 3.47 $58.58 $121,850
Idaho 290 0.42 3.47 $31.20 $64,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 700 0.99 8.23 $64.47 $134,100
Maryland 1,690 0.63 5.25 $62.72 $130,450
New Mexico 620 0.76 6.35 $61.16 $127,210
Alabama 110 0.06 0.48 $58.86 $122,420
Virginia 1,600 0.42 3.47 $58.58 $121,850





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,640 0.84 7.02 $66.50 $138,310
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.06 0.54 $49.68 $103,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 570 0.09 0.78 $57.26 $119,090
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.41 3.45 $54.77 $113,920
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 560 1.23 10.27 $44.98 $93,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 490 0.20 1.68 $61.26 $127,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 440 0.09 0.78 $51.06 $106,210
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 380 0.25 2.12 (8) (8)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 320 0.32 2.66 $54.89 $114,180
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 320 0.11 0.95 $55.13 $114,680




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)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 230 1.54 12.86 $42.68 $88,770
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 560 1.23 10.27 $44.98 $93,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,640 0.84 7.02 $66.50 $138,310
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 250 0.81 6.76 $56.63 $117,780
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.79 6.61 $29.77 $61,920
Idaho Falls, ID 50 0.76 6.30 $54.45 $113,250
Missoula, MT 40 0.71 5.91 $24.30 $50,540
Charlottesville, VA 70 0.64 5.34 $48.65 $101,180
Trenton, NJ 130 0.56 4.68 $45.96 $95,600
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.41 3.45 $54.77 $113,920




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.27 2.21 $77.78 $161,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,640 0.84 7.02 $66.50 $138,310
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 490 0.20 1.68 $61.26 $127,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 260 0.17 1.45 $60.80 $126,470
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 180 0.17 1.40 $59.99 $124,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 240 0.08 0.69 $58.22 $121,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 570 0.09 0.78 $57.26 $119,090
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $57.22 $119,020
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 250 0.81 6.76 $56.63 $117,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 320 0.11 0.95 $55.13 $114,680

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 430 5.33 44.40 $65.19 $135,600
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.97 24.76 $25.29 $52,610
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.73 $42.87 $89,170
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 3.08 $35.80 $74,470
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.39 $49.78 $103,550

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 430 5.33 44.40 $65.19 $135,600
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.97 24.76 $25.29 $52,610
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.73 $42.87 $89,170
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 3.08 $35.80 $74,470
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.39 $49.78 $103,550

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 430 5.33 44.40 $65.19 $135,600
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.39 $49.78 $103,550
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.73 $42.87 $89,170
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 3.08 $35.80 $74,470
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.97 24.76 $25.29 $52,610


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019