Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
Geographic 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)
10,480 4.0 % $31.43 $65,380 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.50 $21.25 $28.93 $39.43 $51.04
Annual Wage (2) $34,330 $44,200 $60,180 $82,020 $106,160


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,720 0.28 $35.96 $74,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,430 0.08 $36.02 $74,930
Other Food Manufacturing 1,370 0.84 $31.95 $66,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 950 0.03 $25.51 $53,060
Dairy Product Manufacturing 850 0.66 $25.69 $53,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Food Manufacturing 1,370 0.84 $31.95 $66,450
Grain and Oilseed Milling 410 0.71 $29.57 $61,510
Dairy Product Manufacturing 850 0.66 $25.69 $53,440
Animal Food Manufacturing 220 0.43 $33.68 $70,060
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 250 0.36 $31.12 $64,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $44.62 $92,810
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.01 $41.21 $85,720
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $37.61 $78,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,430 0.08 $36.02 $74,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,720 0.28 $35.96 $74,800


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,310 0.09 1.13 $34.25 $71,250
Minnesota 1,110 0.43 5.26 $35.75 $74,360
Wisconsin 600 0.23 2.80 $31.08 $64,640
Illinois 570 0.10 1.26 $30.27 $62,960
Texas 510 0.05 0.62 $28.47 $59,220




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,110 0.43 5.26 $35.75 $74,360
Wisconsin 600 0.23 2.80 $31.08 $64,640
Nebraska 200 0.22 2.64 $29.09 $60,510
Idaho 130 0.21 2.58 $30.07 $62,550
Arkansas 240 0.21 2.55 $25.02 $52,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $48.52 $100,930
New Jersey 410 0.11 1.31 $45.74 $95,140
Massachusetts 260 0.09 1.03 $38.45 $79,970
Minnesota 1,110 0.43 5.26 $35.75 $74,360
Kansas 130 0.10 1.25 $34.36 $71,480

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 970 0.58 7.02 $36.24 $75,370
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 1.49 $30.83 $64,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.91 $29.50 $61,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.06 0.68 $40.93 $85,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 1.37 $35.81 $74,490
Raleigh-Cary, NC 220 0.45 5.49 $22.65 $47,110
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 2.49 $40.84 $84,940
St. Louis, MO-IL 180 0.14 1.71 $34.01 $70,750
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.84 10.15 $24.60 $51,180
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.09 1.14 $39.16 $81,450




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.84 10.15 $24.60 $51,180
Sheboygan, WI 40 0.69 8.32 $33.51 $69,700
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.64 7.73 $30.82 $64,100
Manhattan, KS 40 0.60 7.33 $26.59 $55,300
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.58 7.02 $27.44 $57,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 970 0.58 7.02 $36.24 $75,370
Raleigh-Cary, NC 220 0.45 5.49 $22.65 $47,110
Stockton, CA 80 0.43 5.15 $37.93 $78,900
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 130 0.30 3.64 (8) (8)
Provo-Orem, UT 40 0.24 2.90 $33.99 $70,700




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $66.04 $137,360
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $48.94 $101,790
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 1.77 $48.23 $100,320
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 1.04 $42.53 $88,450
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.29 $41.86 $87,080
Salinas, CA 30 0.22 2.70 $40.96 $85,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.06 0.68 $40.93 $85,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 2.49 $40.84 $84,940
Cedar Rapids, IA 30 0.23 2.74 $39.56 $82,290
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.09 1.14 $39.16 $81,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 7.99 $23.47 $48,820
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 5.80 $32.95 $68,530
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.23 2.77 $22.00 $45,770
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 4.91 $36.70 $76,330
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.14 $31.63 $65,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 7.99 $23.47 $48,820
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 5.80 $32.95 $68,530
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 4.91 $36.70 $76,330
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 4.01 $21.36 $44,430
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 3.48 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 4.91 $36.70 $76,330
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 5.80 $32.95 $68,530
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.14 $31.63 $65,790
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.77 $57,760
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.76 $57,730


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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