Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-3022 Survey Researchers

Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams. Excludes "Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists" (13-1161) and "Statisticians" (15-2041).


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)
11,930 4.9 % $28.82 $59,950 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.35 $18.17 $26.19 $36.75 $48.20
Annual Wage (2) $25,680 $37,800 $54,470 $76,440 $100,250


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 5,540 0.82 $26.59 $55,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,520 0.38 $34.87 $72,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 780 0.03 $25.33 $52,690
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 540 0.04 $27.93 $58,090
State Government (OES Designation) 470 0.02 $28.24 $58,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 5,540 0.82 $26.59 $55,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,520 0.38 $34.87 $72,530
Social Advocacy Organizations 420 0.20 $24.18 $50,300
Educational Support Services 280 0.16 $35.89 $74,650
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 440 0.10 $28.79 $59,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 280 0.16 $35.89 $74,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $35.37 $73,570
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 50 0.01 $34.92 $72,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,520 0.38 $34.87 $72,530
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 50 0.01 $33.71 $70,120


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 1,360 0.09 1.00 $28.98 $60,290
Pennsylvania 960 0.17 1.96 $27.92 $58,080
Maryland 880 0.33 3.91 $42.25 $87,870
Illinois 770 0.13 1.53 $26.79 $55,730
New Jersey 730 0.19 2.19 $34.10 $70,930




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 510 0.72 8.51 $39.53 $82,230
Maryland 880 0.33 3.91 $42.25 $87,870
Hawaii 160 0.25 2.96 $18.46 $38,410
Kansas 300 0.22 2.59 $27.06 $56,290
Nebraska 210 0.21 2.51 $19.28 $40,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 880 0.33 3.91 $42.25 $87,870
District of Columbia 510 0.72 8.51 $39.53 $82,230
South Carolina 60 0.03 0.36 $37.16 $77,290
New Jersey 730 0.19 2.19 $34.10 $70,930
Colorado 150 0.06 0.71 $33.76 $70,230





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 740 0.20 2.40 $27.03 $56,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 730 0.29 3.43 $36.45 $75,820
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 730 1.25 14.68 $45.35 $94,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 580 0.09 1.04 $28.43 $59,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.12 1.44 $31.11 $64,700
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 390 0.38 4.49 $23.83 $49,560
Trenton, NJ 260 1.13 13.31 $46.82 $97,390
Pittsburgh, PA 220 0.19 2.27 $29.81 $62,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 190 0.20 2.39 $24.59 $51,140
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 1.96 $27.68 $57,570




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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 730 1.25 14.68 $45.35 $94,330
Trenton, NJ 260 1.13 13.31 $46.82 $97,390
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.81 9.58 $23.14 $48,130
Topeka, KS 90 0.80 9.36 $20.61 $42,860
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.45 5.27 $21.50 $44,730
Provo-Orem, UT 100 0.44 5.16 $21.50 $44,720
Boulder, CO 70 0.39 4.62 $29.25 $60,850
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.38 4.46 $28.36 $58,990
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.38 4.44 $30.50 $63,450
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 390 0.38 4.49 $23.83 $49,560




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)
Trenton, NJ 260 1.13 13.31 $46.82 $97,390
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 730 1.25 14.68 $45.35 $94,330
Charleston-North Charleston, SC (8) (8) (8) $43.08 $89,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 730 0.29 3.43 $36.45 $75,820
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 70 0.05 0.61 $35.55 $73,950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 0.65 $32.73 $68,070
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.04 0.53 $32.45 $67,500
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.83 $32.31 $67,200
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.93 $31.84 $66,230
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.17 $64,840


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