Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation or other research, production, technical writing, or related activities. Include medical scientists such as physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists. Exclude practitioners who provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs. Excludes "Microbiologists" (19-1022).

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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)
53,840 5.7 % $31.83 $66,200 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.41 $19.32 $27.40 $39.77 $55.12
Annual Wage (2) $29,980 $40,180 $56,980 $82,720 $114,640

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Scientific research and development services 17,160 $34.08 $70,880 1 16
Colleges and universities 10,570 $23.73 $49,360 2 25
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 8,770 $36.81 $76,560 3 11
General medical and surgical hospitals 6,650 $25.44 $52,920 4 23
Other hospitals 2,160 $23.81 $49,530 5 24

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 970 $54.11 $112,540 8 1
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 180 $49.70 $103,380 16 2
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 510 $41.96 $87,280 10 3
Professional and similar organizations 70 $41.76 $86,860 23 4
Federal government (OES designation) 1,810 $40.26 $83,750 6 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 5,900 $31.82 $66,180 0.184% 81
Rhode Island 570 $19.66 $40,900 0.121% 197
Connecticut 1,460 $37.62 $78,260 0.089% 44
Pennsylvania 4,620 $22.46 $46,720 0.084% 189
New Jersey 3,240 $43.29 $90,040 0.084% 27

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
South Dakota 50 $51.48 $107,080 0.014% 8
New Jersey 3,240 $43.29 $90,040 0.084% 27
Maryland 1,120 $40.12 $83,450 0.046% 24
Florida 1,120 $39.52 $82,210 0.016% 24
North Carolina 2,280 $39.04 $81,200 0.061% 20

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Madison, WI MSA 1,140 $22.19 $46,150 0.411%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,860 $34.34 $71,430 0.202%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 1,240 $32.33 $67,250 0.188%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 850 $37.65 $78,310 0.136%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 690 $20.63 $42,910 0.134%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tallahassee, FL MSA 30 $70.15 $145,910 0.019%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA (6) $52.80 $109,820 (6)
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA (6) $49.64 $103,260 (6)
Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA 50 $46.80 $97,340 0.007%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA (6) $44.84 $93,270 (6)

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(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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