Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
8,320 4.3 % $40.94 $85,160 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.50 $28.21 $40.73 $50.25 $61.18
Annual Wage (2) $40,560 $58,680 $84,710 $104,520 $127,250


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) 2,960 $45.30 $94,210
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,430 $30.38 $63,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,120 $38.88 $80,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 920 $41.91 $87,180
Radio and Television Broadcasting 490 $41.23 $85,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,960 $45.30 $94,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 920 $41.91 $87,180
Radio and Television Broadcasting 490 $41.23 $85,760
State Government (OES Designation) (8) $39.53 $82,230
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 $39.28 $81,700


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
Colorado 1,220 $42.60 $88,610 0.547
Alaska 150 $33.12 $68,890 0.502
North Dakota 70 $27.12 $56,400 0.200
Wyoming 50 $34.91 $72,620 0.190
Maryland 400 $52.66 $109,530 0.159

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 70 $54.84 $114,070 0.105
Maryland 400 $52.66 $109,530 0.159
New Jersey 60 $51.47 $107,060 0.016
Oklahoma 160 $45.13 $93,870 0.105
Pennsylvania (8) $45.12 $93,850 (8)


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
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 $38.22 $79,500 0.379
Asheville, NC 50 $42.54 $88,490 0.313
Tallahassee, FL 30 $35.54 $73,910 0.216
Oklahoma City, OK 120 $48.04 $99,920 0.212
Wichita, KS 50 $33.79 $70,280 0.182

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 $64.42 $133,980 0.043
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 340 $50.01 $104,020 0.146
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 50 $49.51 $102,970 0.013
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 $48.50 $100,870 0.091
Oklahoma City, OK 120 $48.04 $99,920 0.212


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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