Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
18,960 1.1 % $47.34 $98,460 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.78 $31.35 $46.19 $59.60 $74.52
Annual Wage (2) $47,380 $65,210 $96,070 $123,960 $155,000


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) 8,030 0.40 $52.21 $108,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,450 0.36 $53.83 $111,970
State Government (OES Designation) 1,660 0.08 $36.76 $76,460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 300 0.02 $49.57 $103,100
Local Government (OES Designation) 290 0.01 $38.02 $79,080

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) 8,030 0.40 $52.21 $108,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,450 0.36 $53.83 $111,970
State Government (OES Designation) 1,660 0.08 $36.76 $76,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $56.80 $118,150
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $45.49 $94,610

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 100 (7) $64.81 $134,810
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $56.80 $118,150
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $54.19 $112,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,450 0.36 $53.83 $111,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,030 0.40 $52.21 $108,610


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 2,410 0.15 1.12 $51.13 $106,350
Maryland 1,580 0.60 4.44 $59.16 $123,060
Michigan 1,550 0.37 2.73 $33.88 $70,470
Texas 1,100 0.09 0.69 $46.94 $97,640
Virginia 1,040 0.28 2.06 $54.48 $113,330




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 670 0.96 7.08 $60.05 $124,900
New Mexico 740 0.92 6.82 $51.02 $106,120
Maryland 1,580 0.60 4.44 $59.16 $123,060
Alaska 120 0.38 2.79 $42.90 $89,230
Michigan 1,550 0.37 2.73 $33.88 $70,470




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 670 0.96 7.08 $60.05 $124,900
Maryland 1,580 0.60 4.44 $59.16 $123,060
Virginia 1,040 0.28 2.06 $54.48 $113,330
Nebraska 60 0.06 0.47 $53.64 $111,570
Massachusetts 260 0.07 0.55 $52.73 $109,670





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 1,760 0.71 5.25 $60.80 $126,470
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.76 5.66 $55.96 $116,390
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 720 1.23 9.12 $59.55 $123,860
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.09 0.68 $46.80 $97,340
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.17 8.67 $44.12 $91,760
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 480 0.47 3.51 $33.93 $70,580
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 450 0.12 0.92 $44.42 $92,390
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 390 0.29 2.14 $54.67 $113,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 360 0.35 2.58 $60.08 $124,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 330 0.24 1.77 $47.13 $98,020




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 230 2.46 18.22 $28.02 $58,290
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 230 1.53 11.33 $43.51 $90,500
Idaho Falls, ID 80 1.34 9.91 $47.33 $98,450
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.32 9.75 $38.28 $79,620
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 720 1.23 9.12 $59.55 $123,860
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.17 8.67 $44.12 $91,760
Champaign-Urbana, IL 80 0.87 6.42 $34.76 $72,300
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 250 0.85 6.33 $56.85 $118,240
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.76 5.66 $55.96 $116,390
Charlottesville, VA 80 0.75 5.52 $47.66 $99,140




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.71 5.25 $60.80 $126,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 360 0.35 2.58 $60.08 $124,960
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 720 1.23 9.12 $59.55 $123,860
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50 0.11 0.81 $58.79 $122,280
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.50 $57.23 $119,040
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 250 0.85 6.33 $56.85 $118,240
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.76 5.66 $55.96 $116,390
Urban Honolulu, HI 120 0.25 1.89 $55.60 $115,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 390 0.29 2.14 $54.67 $113,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 0.49 $53.96 $112,240

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.93 $32.69 $67,990
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.38 $46.04 $95,750
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.51 $35.50 $73,840

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.38 $46.04 $95,750
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.93 $32.69 $67,990
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.51 $35.50 $73,840

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.38 $46.04 $95,750
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.51 $35.50 $73,840
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.93 $32.69 $67,990


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