Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other

All biological scientists not listed separately.


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)
30,430 1.6 % $34.28 $71,310 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.64 $25.10 $32.80 $40.11 $49.18
Annual Wage (2) $38,780 $52,200 $68,220 $83,430 $102,300


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,610 0.87 $35.35 $73,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,420 0.12 $28.46 $59,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,040 0.50 $37.05 $77,050
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,340 0.48 $35.90 $74,670
State Government (OES Designation) 920 0.04 $31.02 $64,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,610 0.87 $35.35 $73,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,040 0.50 $37.05 $77,050
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,340 0.48 $35.90 $74,670
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.15 $26.86 $55,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,420 0.12 $28.46 $59,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 160 0.01 $49.13 $102,190
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 290 0.07 $40.75 $84,760
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 150 0.07 $40.62 $84,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,040 0.50 $37.05 $77,050
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,340 0.48 $35.90 $74,670


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 4,110 0.29 1.22 $35.26 $73,350
Maryland 3,280 1.33 5.57 $44.87 $93,330
Texas 1,640 0.16 0.68 $32.38 $67,350
Florida 1,630 0.23 0.96 $28.62 $59,530
Washington 1,340 0.50 2.08 $32.47 $67,540




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)
Maryland 3,280 1.33 5.57 $44.87 $93,330
Alaska 400 1.30 5.42 $30.81 $64,080
Montana 450 1.06 4.43 $28.33 $58,920
Wyoming 220 0.81 3.39 $28.53 $59,350
Oregon 950 0.61 2.53 $30.28 $62,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 3,280 1.33 5.57 $44.87 $93,330
Maine 290 0.50 2.07 $41.67 $86,680
Virginia 780 0.22 0.93 $40.60 $84,450
New Jersey 790 0.21 0.87 $37.77 $78,550
Connecticut 90 0.06 0.24 $37.62 $78,250

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)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 2,630 4.76 19.89 $45.78 $95,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 930 0.56 2.36 $25.86 $53,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.38 1.59 $49.73 $103,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 800 0.59 2.47 $32.10 $66,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 760 0.62 2.57 $33.83 $70,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 0.32 1.33 $28.08 $58,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.56 2.35 $37.11 $77,190
Durham, NC 510 1.91 7.98 $38.75 $80,600
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 480 0.14 0.56 $35.88 $74,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 480 0.22 0.91 $33.86 $70,420




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)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 2,630 4.76 19.89 $45.78 $95,210
Gainesville, FL 240 2.00 8.35 $23.51 $48,900
Fairbanks, AK 70 2.00 8.34 $29.02 $60,370
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 420 1.95 8.14 $39.64 $82,450
Durham, NC 510 1.91 7.98 $38.75 $80,600
Flagstaff, AZ 100 1.89 7.88 $26.08 $54,250
Boulder, CO 270 1.76 7.35 $34.58 $71,920
College Station-Bryan, TX 140 1.46 6.11 $24.29 $50,530
Morgantown, WV 80 1.40 5.83 $32.62 $67,850
Anchorage, AK 170 1.02 4.28 $31.79 $66,120




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)
Salinas, CA 70 0.46 1.90 $49.95 $103,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.38 1.59 $49.73 $103,440
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 2,630 4.76 19.89 $45.78 $95,210
Peoria, IL (8) (8) (8) $43.17 $89,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 450 0.53 2.21 $42.98 $89,390
San Antonio, TX 100 0.12 0.51 $42.77 $88,960
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.19 $42.58 $88,570
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.17 0.71 $42.06 $87,490
Rochester, MN 80 0.81 3.38 $41.78 $86,910
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 310 0.12 0.51 $40.80 $84,870

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 1.75 7.30 $26.35 $54,800
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.60 2.52 $42.05 $87,470
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 2.47 10.30 $30.74 $63,940
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.26 9.42 $32.51 $67,620
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.10 4.57 $27.91 $58,050

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)
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 2.75 11.48 $25.88 $53,830
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 2.47 10.30 $30.74 $63,940
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.26 9.42 $32.51 $67,620
South Western Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 1.86 7.76 $28.35 $58,970
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.76 7.37 $29.26 $60,860

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.60 2.52 $42.05 $87,470
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.89 $40.12 $83,450
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 3.51 $39.42 $81,980
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.65 2.73 $39.23 $81,590
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.64 $38.40 $79,870


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

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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