Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
11,270 4.8 % $29.18 $60,700 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.98 $18.66 $26.09 $37.16 $48.40
Annual Wage (2) $27,000 $38,820 $54,270 $77,280 $100,660


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 5,070 0.72 $26.72 $55,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,370 0.37 $35.28 $73,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 720 0.02 (8) (8)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 560 0.13 $28.83 $59,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $29.54 $61,450

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 5,070 0.72 $26.72 $55,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,370 0.37 $35.28 $73,380
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 0.35 (8) (8)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 560 0.13 $28.83 $59,970
Social Advocacy Organizations 270 0.13 $25.12 $52,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $39.00 $81,120
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,370 0.37 $35.28 $73,380
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 50 0.02 $34.49 $71,740
Educational Support Services 240 0.13 $29.89 $62,170
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $29.54 $61,450


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 1,120 0.07 0.85 $34.24 $71,230
Illinois 760 0.13 1.63 $25.38 $52,790
New York 750 0.08 1.03 $33.44 $69,560
New Jersey 700 0.17 2.20 (8) (8)
Maryland 650 0.24 3.07 $41.86 $87,080




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 310 0.44 5.59 $34.87 $72,530
Nebraska 230 0.24 2.98 $17.86 $37,150
Maryland 650 0.24 3.07 $41.86 $87,080
Connecticut 380 0.23 2.87 $24.49 $50,940
Louisiana 410 0.22 2.72 $21.44 $44,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 650 0.24 3.07 $41.86 $87,080
South Carolina 40 0.02 0.23 $39.30 $81,750
North Carolina 330 0.08 0.98 $36.54 $76,000
District of Columbia 310 0.44 5.59 $34.87 $72,530
Colorado 140 0.06 0.71 $34.57 $71,910



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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 740 0.20 2.54 $25.58 $53,200
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.10 1.26 $29.98 $62,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 560 0.22 2.82 $33.53 $69,750
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 520 0.89 11.22 $43.72 $90,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.11 1.43 $37.33 $77,650
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 440 0.24 3.02 $32.13 $66,820
Trenton, NJ 320 1.40 17.74 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.10 1.30 $26.06 $54,210
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 200 0.19 2.45 $28.92 $60,150
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 2.23 $32.79 $68,200


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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)
Trenton, NJ 320 1.40 17.74 (8) (8)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 520 0.89 11.22 $43.72 $90,950
Topeka, KS 90 0.82 10.35 $21.19 $44,070
Ann Arbor, MI 130 0.60 7.58 $26.87 $55,880
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 170 0.57 7.22 $41.33 $85,970
Provo-Orem, UT 110 0.50 6.32 $23.74 $49,380
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.45 5.68 $28.69 $59,680
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 180 0.40 5.12 $37.48 $77,970
Urban Honolulu, HI 130 0.28 3.52 $19.03 $39,570
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.28 3.51 $23.83 $49,560


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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 520 0.89 11.22 $43.72 $90,950
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 170 0.57 7.22 $41.33 $85,970
Raleigh, NC 60 0.11 1.33 $38.83 $80,760
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 1.16 $38.82 $80,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 180 0.40 5.12 $37.48 $77,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.11 1.43 $37.33 $77,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 50 0.03 0.42 $34.26 $71,270
Boulder, CO 50 0.28 3.55 $34.23 $71,200
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.90 $33.62 $69,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 560 0.22 2.82 $33.53 $69,750


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.

(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 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