Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
17,320 2.5 % $51.53 $107,180 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.18 $34.97 $49.99 $63.70 $77.84
Annual Wage (2) $50,300 $72,740 $103,990 $132,490 $161,900


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) 8,090 0.40 $53.40 $111,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,620 0.40 $58.62 $121,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,950 0.06 (8) (8)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,660 0.08 $37.40 $77,800
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 340 0.02 $57.44 $119,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,090 0.40 $53.40 $111,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,620 0.40 $58.62 $121,920
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,660 0.08 $37.40 $77,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,950 0.06 (8) (8)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 120 0.03 $71.47 $148,650

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 $71.47 $148,650
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 160 0.01 $61.22 $127,340
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,620 0.40 $58.62 $121,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 340 0.02 $57.44 $119,480
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,090 0.40 $53.40 $111,080


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 2,120 0.13 1.04 $57.55 $119,710
Virginia 1,690 0.44 3.66 $57.26 $119,110
Maryland 1,490 0.56 4.61 $61.29 $127,480
Texas 1,210 0.10 0.84 $49.19 $102,320
New York 960 0.10 0.86 $47.08 $97,920




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 710 1.01 8.29 $61.97 $128,890
New Mexico 640 0.80 6.60 $58.14 $120,930
Maryland 1,490 0.56 4.61 $61.29 $127,480
Idaho 320 0.47 3.84 $31.16 $64,810
Virginia 1,690 0.44 3.66 $57.26 $119,110




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 710 1.01 8.29 $61.97 $128,890
Maryland 1,490 0.56 4.61 $61.29 $127,480
New Mexico 640 0.80 6.60 $58.14 $120,930
California 2,120 0.13 1.04 $57.55 $119,710
Virginia 1,690 0.44 3.66 $57.26 $119,110



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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 2,060 0.82 6.74 $63.81 $132,720
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 650 1.11 9.10 $64.46 $134,080
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 580 0.09 0.71 $47.77 $99,360
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 560 1.25 10.32 $43.90 $91,310
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 550 0.15 1.23 $45.95 $95,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.10 0.85 $58.71 $122,120
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.41 3.35 $59.05 $122,810
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 390 0.29 2.37 $53.80 $111,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.28 2.30 $78.35 $162,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 270 0.10 0.84 $51.06 $106,210


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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)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 230 1.54 12.65 $43.25 $89,950
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.33 10.91 $38.64 $80,370
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 560 1.25 10.32 $43.90 $91,310
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 650 1.11 9.10 $64.46 $134,080
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 1.02 8.42 $22.42 $46,630
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 270 0.89 7.35 $55.45 $115,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.82 6.74 $63.81 $132,720
Idaho Falls, ID 50 0.80 6.62 $53.19 $110,640
Charlottesville, VA 70 0.66 5.44 $48.63 $101,150
Ann Arbor, MI 130 0.61 5.00 $43.74 $90,980


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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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.28 2.30 $78.35 $162,960
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.51 $70.54 $146,720
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 1.04 $68.52 $142,510
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 650 1.11 9.10 $64.46 $134,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.82 6.74 $63.81 $132,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 190 0.13 1.09 $62.39 $129,780
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.41 3.35 $59.05 $122,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.10 0.85 $58.71 $122,120
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 150 0.14 1.15 $58.66 $122,000
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 270 0.89 7.35 $55.45 $115,340

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 420 26.03 214.19 $64.65 $134,470
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 4.27 35.13 $24.67 $51,310
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.30 $32.91 $68,450
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.83 6.86 $46.93 $97,610
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.18 9.69 $42.90 $89,230

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 420 26.03 214.19 $64.65 $134,470
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 4.27 35.13 $24.67 $51,310
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.18 9.69 $42.90 $89,230
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.83 6.86 $46.93 $97,610
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.30 $32.91 $68,450

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 420 26.03 214.19 $64.65 $134,470
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.83 6.86 $46.93 $97,610
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.18 9.69 $42.90 $89,230
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.30 $32.91 $68,450
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 4.27 35.13 $24.67 $51,310


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