Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

19-1099 Life Scientists, All Other

All life scientists not listed separately.

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)
12,390 6.0 % $30.37 $63,180 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.39 $20.65 $27.23 $36.22 $47.44
Annual Wage (2) $34,100 $42,950 $56,640 $75,330 $98,670

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific research and development services 2,210 $35.77 $74,410
Colleges and universities 2,180 $25.04 $52,080
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 1,960 $37.88 $78,790
State government (OES designation) 1,430 $27.51 $57,210
General medical and surgical hospitals 930 $25.28 $52,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 1,960 $37.88 $78,790
Management of companies and enterprises 50 $36.72 $76,370
Scientific research and development services 2,210 $35.77 $74,410
Electronic instrument manufacturing 340 $34.38 $71,510
Architectural and engineering services 190 $34.23 $71,190

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
New Jersey 1,420 $35.42 $73,680 0.036%
Michigan 1,110 $28.74 $59,770 0.026%
Maryland 640 $28.97 $60,270 0.026%
North Carolina 890 $29.27 $60,890 0.024%
Minnesota 540 $25.75 $53,570 0.021%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Pennsylvania 1,020 $35.46 $73,760 0.018%
New Jersey 1,420 $35.42 $73,680 0.036%
California 2,000 $34.14 $71,010 0.014%
Washington (7) $33.50 $69,680 (7)
District of Columbia 80 $32.84 $68,310 0.013%

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
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 900 $35.10 $73,010 0.144%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 820 $28.12 $58,490 0.119%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 230 $29.81 $62,010 0.108%
Gainesville, FL MSA 50 $24.69 $51,350 0.040%
San Diego, CA MSA 480 $30.89 $64,250 0.038%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 210 $46.06 $95,810 0.025%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA (7) $39.50 $82,160 (7)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA (7) $37.82 $78,660 (7)
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA (7) $37.02 $77,000 (7)
Newark, NJ PMSA (7) $36.81 $76,560 (7)

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.

All Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download November 2004 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

Recommend this page using: