Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-3021 Market Research Analysts

Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to determine potential sales of a product or service. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. May use survey results to create a marketing campaign based on regional preferences and buying habits.

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)
226,410 1.1 % $32.45 $67,500 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.47 $21.44 $29.61 $40.98 $53.80
Annual Wage (2) $34,260 $44,600 $61,580 $85,230 $111,900


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
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 24,870 $30.94 $64,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,810 $33.83 $70,370
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 14,210 $30.80 $64,060
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 9,190 $38.96 $81,040
Insurance Carriers 8,980 $31.30 $65,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,150 $48.66 $101,210
Software Publishers 6,300 $47.10 $97,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 $43.27 $90,010
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,030 $43.08 $89,610
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 800 $42.66 $88,730


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
District of Columbia 3,550 $34.68 $72,130 5.567
Delaware 1,550 $35.35 $73,520 3.762
Massachusetts 10,170 $37.25 $77,470 3.208
Washington 8,740 $41.65 $86,640 3.134
Minnesota 7,510 $35.45 $73,740 2.858

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington 8,740 $41.65 $86,640 3.134
Massachusetts 10,170 $37.25 $77,470 3.208
Oregon 1,400 $35.89 $74,640 0.865
Colorado (8) $35.69 $74,240 (8)
California 33,020 $35.51 $73,860 2.272


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
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,280 $45.03 $93,650 8.128
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,480 $43.80 $91,110 5.323
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,070 $41.16 $85,610 5.159
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,220 $48.99 $101,900 4.742
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,510 $35.75 $74,360 4.595

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,220 $48.99 $101,900 4.742
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,280 $45.03 $93,650 8.128
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,480 $43.80 $91,110 5.323
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,070 $41.16 $85,610 5.159
Durham, NC 770 $40.76 $84,770 2.799


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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