Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

19-2021 Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Include weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of a meteorologist.

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)
7,070 7.5 % $33.46 $69,590 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.63 $23.50 $33.70 $41.64 $50.97
Annual Wage (2) $34,590 $48,880 $70,100 $86,610 $106,020

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 2,670 $37.48 $77,950
Scientific research and development services 1,220 $35.11 $73,020
Other professional and technical services 930 $21.09 $43,870
Management and technical consulting services 440 $34.12 $70,980
Colleges and universities 420 $29.54 $61,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer systems design and related services 30 $44.94 $93,470
Federal government (OES designation) 2,670 $37.48 $77,950
Cable and other program distribution 30 $36.46 $75,840
Radio and television broadcasting 390 $35.75 $74,360
Scientific research and development services 1,220 $35.11 $73,020

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 790 $25.41 $52,860 0.025%
Alaska 70 $38.99 $81,100 0.024%
Utah 230 $34.50 $71,760 0.022%
Maryland 460 $39.68 $82,540 0.019%
Wyoming 40 $28.77 $59,850 0.016%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Jersey 90 $44.80 $93,190 0.002%
New Mexico 80 $40.39 $84,020 0.011%
Maryland 460 $39.68 $82,540 0.019%
Alaska 70 $38.99 $81,100 0.024%
North Carolina 150 $38.71 $80,510 0.004%

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 120 $25.03 $52,070 0.042%
Oklahoma City, OK MSA 150 $29.74 $61,850 0.028%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 130 $33.30 $69,260 0.019%
Knoxville, TN MSA 60 $31.64 $65,820 0.017%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 400 $41.23 $85,760 0.014%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 50 $44.57 $92,700 0.008%
Denver, CO PMSA (7) $42.50 $88,390 (7)
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 400 $41.23 $85,760 0.014%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 70 $39.81 $82,800 0.010%
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 80 $38.65 $80,390 0.009%

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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