Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

19-1031 Conservation Scientists

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands from fire and rodent damage. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Exclude "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).

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)
15,830 1.9 % $28.93 $60,170 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.92 $21.79 $28.23 $35.23 $41.78
Annual Wage (2) $35,190 $45,320 $58,720 $73,280 $86,910


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 6,620 $33.22 $69,090
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,430 $26.22 $54,540
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 620 $26.60 $55,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 600 $26.26 $54,620
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 170 $19.57 $40,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 6,620 $33.22 $69,090
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 $32.15 $66,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 $31.76 $66,060
Civic and Social Organizations 50 $27.94 $58,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 620 $26.60 $55,320


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Montana 420 $27.52 $57,240 0.095%
South Dakota 330 $24.34 $50,620 0.083%
Wyoming 180 $27.35 $56,880 0.063%
Alaska 170 $38.01 $79,060 0.055%
North Dakota 190 $28.47 $59,210 0.054%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Rhode Island 30 $43.72 $90,930 0.006%
District of Columbia 140 $43.22 $89,890 0.022%
Alaska 170 $38.01 $79,060 0.055%
Connecticut 90 $33.85 $70,410 0.005%
New Jersey 200 $33.69 $70,070 0.005%


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Grand Junction, CO 110 $23.91 $49,730 0.177%
Missoula, MT 70 $30.64 $63,740 0.123%
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 $26.67 $55,480 0.088%
Madison, WI 240 $29.87 $62,130 0.071%
Jackson, MS 170 $25.71 $53,480 0.067%

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Holland-Grand Haven, MI (8) $45.49 $94,610 (8)
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 60 $42.86 $89,140 0.011%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 40 $41.11 $85,520 0.007%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 $40.20 $83,610 0.008%
Anchorage, AK 100 $39.57 $82,310 0.061%


About May 2008 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2008 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2008 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 04, 2009

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