Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

19-3021 Market Research Analysts

Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to determine potential sales of a product or service. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. May use survey results to create a marketing campaign based on regional preferences and buying habits.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
142,190 1.9 % $29.65 $61,670 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.60 $18.96 $26.28 $37.24 $49.25
Annual Wage (2) $30,360 $39,440 $54,670 $77,470 $102,450

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
Management and technical consulting services 11,440 $29.52 $61,400 1 64
Management of companies and enterprises 10,400 $29.33 $61,000 2 69
Other professional and technical services 8,180 $28.45 $59,180 3 80
Insurance carriers 7,230 $25.03 $52,050 4 126
Computer systems design and related services 5,150 $29.50 $61,360 5 65

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 2,480 $42.83 $89,100 17 1
Metal and mineral merchant wholesalers 60 $39.75 $82,680 143 2
Telecommunications resellers 820 $38.80 $80,700 32 3
Household appliance manufacturing 370 $38.51 $80,090 58 4
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 520 $38.08 $79,210 46 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 7,620 $31.31 $65,120 0.240% 109
Minnesota 5,170 $30.11 $62,640 0.199% 89
Washington 4,950 $36.10 $75,080 0.193% 53
District of Columbia 1,140 $33.61 $69,910 0.192% 79
Virginia 6,050 $33.19 $69,020 0.178% 66

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 60 $39.80 $82,780 0.021% 19
North Carolina 3,020 $36.60 $76,130 0.081% 32
Washington 4,950 $36.10 $75,080 0.193% 53
Connecticut 2,750 $35.76 $74,370 0.168% 69
Oregon 1,560 $35.46 $73,760 0.101% 35

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
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 860 $39.76 $82,710 0.430%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,000 $38.81 $80,730 0.342%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 6,410 $31.84 $66,240 0.334%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 4,080 $37.70 $78,420 0.314%
Madison, WI MSA 860 $26.61 $55,340 0.307%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 980 $49.15 $102,240 0.122%
Anchorage, AK MSA (6) $42.59 $88,590 (6)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 110 $40.41 $84,050 0.093%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 860 $39.76 $82,710 0.430%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,000 $38.81 $80,730 0.342%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 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: May 7, 2004

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