Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

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)
7,270 3.5 % $27.21 $56,600 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.12 $17.71 $24.67 $34.99 $44.00
Annual Wage (2) $29,370 $36,830 $51,320 $72,770 $91,510

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other food manufacturing 1,290 $29.91 $62,200
Scientific research and development services 830 $32.86 $68,360
Dairy product manufacturing 820 $20.35 $42,330
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 520 $25.28 $52,580
Management of companies and enterprises 420 $33.33 $69,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 150 $37.82 $78,660
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 190 $36.60 $76,140
Management of companies and enterprises 420 $33.33 $69,330
Scientific research and development services 830 $32.86 $68,360
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 310 $30.54 $63,530

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
Minnesota 600 $29.96 $62,320 0.023%
North Dakota 70 $24.34 $50,630 0.022%
Vermont 50 $20.10 $41,800 0.017%
Nebraska 140 $24.39 $50,720 0.016%
Wisconsin 390 $24.66 $51,300 0.014%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 30 $42.12 $87,610 0.005%
Mississippi 80 $40.77 $84,800 0.007%
New Jersey 270 $34.09 $70,910 0.007%
Arizona (7) $32.59 $67,790 (7)
Colorado 150 $30.97 $64,420 0.007%

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
Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, CA MSA 60 $19.09 $39,720 0.049%
Lincoln, NE MSA 50 $16.83 $35,010 0.033%
Burlington, VT MSA 30 $20.03 $41,660 0.028%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 450 $31.35 $65,200 0.026%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 50 $29.87 $62,120 0.024%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 80 $41.35 $86,010 0.003%
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA (7) $38.63 $80,360 (7)
San Francisco, CA PMSA (7) $37.91 $78,850 (7)
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 100 $36.13 $75,160 0.016%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 100 $35.45 $73,740 0.016%

About November 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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