Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
10,790 5.8 % $30.95 $64,370 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.60 $21.25 $28.67 $38.43 $49.60
Annual Wage (2) $34,530 $44,190 $59,630 $79,920 $103,160


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
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,100 $34.48 $71,710
Other Food Manufacturing 1,500 $32.50 $67,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,200 $36.44 $75,780
Dairy Product Manufacturing 820 $25.90 $53,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 730 $26.29 $54,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) $46.85 $97,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 $42.65 $88,710
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 180 $37.49 $77,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,200 $36.44 $75,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,100 $34.48 $71,710


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 Employment per thousand workers
Minnesota 910 $35.68 $74,220 0.346
Illinois 1,260 $28.40 $59,080 0.221
Idaho 130 $29.46 $61,280 0.206
Kansas 280 $32.09 $66,760 0.205
Arkansas 230 $23.64 $49,180 0.197

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Jersey 510 $42.48 $88,360 0.133
Massachusetts 410 $35.77 $74,410 0.129
Minnesota 910 $35.68 $74,220 0.346
California 970 $33.54 $69,760 0.067
New York 340 $32.49 $67,590 0.040


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 Employment per thousand workers
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 $22.79 $47,410 0.804
Idaho Falls, ID 30 $29.75 $61,880 0.645
Raleigh-Cary, NC 230 $22.54 $46,870 0.461
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 $36.41 $75,740 0.451
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 $33.97 $70,660 0.348

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 150 $47.04 $97,850 0.154
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 90 $43.63 $90,740 0.038
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 100 $39.57 $82,300 0.098
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 $39.22 $81,580 0.052
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 $39.19 $81,520 0.027


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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