Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
66,450 5.4 % $33.04 $68,730 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.88 $21.21 $29.48 $41.75 $54.98
Annual Wage (2) $33,030 $44,120 $61,320 $86,830 $114,360

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Colleges and universities 18,190 $27.69 $57,600
Scientific research and development services 17,820 $34.72 $72,210
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 10,100 $38.64 $80,360
General medical and surgical hospitals 5,590 $28.26 $58,780
Offices of physicians 2,320 $36.51 $75,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 230 $49.84 $103,660
Federal government (OES designation) 2,050 $44.30 $92,150
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 1,200 $41.58 $86,490
Data processing and related services (7) $38.66 $80,400
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 10,100 $38.64 $80,360

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
Massachusetts 5,860 $32.31 $67,210 0.187%
Pennsylvania 7,280 $29.19 $60,710 0.132%
Rhode Island 630 $21.45 $44,620 0.131%
Connecticut 2,140 $36.42 $75,750 0.131%
District of Columbia 650 $38.45 $79,970 0.108%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
South Dakota 60 $50.33 $104,680 0.016%
Maryland 1,250 $44.11 $91,740 0.051%
West Virginia 100 $41.54 $86,390 0.015%
Nevada 40 $41.26 $85,810 0.004%
New Jersey 3,530 $40.65 $84,550 0.091%

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 1,230 $24.44 $50,840 0.430%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 3,980 $28.69 $59,680 0.368%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 3,350 $41.17 $85,630 0.351%
Gainesville, FL MSA 310 $27.49 $57,180 0.256%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 1,500 $33.95 $70,620 0.221%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sioux Falls, SD MSA 40 $58.06 $120,770 0.034%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA (7) $49.32 $102,580 (7)
Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA MSA (7) $44.54 $92,630 (7)
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 330 $43.34 $90,150 0.083%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 30 $42.73 $88,880 0.015%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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