Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1099 Life Scientists, All Other

All life 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)
10,610 4.2 % $34.67 $72,120 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.17 $22.47 $29.97 $43.67 $59.93
Annual Wage (2) $37,790 $46,750 $62,340 $90,830 $124,650


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,610 0.09 $32.12 $66,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 0.34 $37.57 $78,150
State Government (OES Designation) 1,040 0.05 $26.16 $54,410
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 890 0.32 $34.74 $72,250
Offices of Physicians 550 0.02 $24.21 $50,360

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 0.34 $37.57 $78,150
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 890 0.32 $34.74 $72,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,610 0.09 $32.12 $66,810
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 250 0.06 $44.26 $92,060
Social Advocacy Organizations 100 0.05 $36.97 $76,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $62.66 $130,330
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.02 $54.46 $113,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $53.76 $111,810
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 250 0.06 $44.26 $92,060
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $44.17 $91,880


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 1,570 0.11 1.34 $41.62 $86,560
Minnesota 1,090 0.42 5.08 $29.34 $61,030
North Carolina 880 0.23 2.78 $30.93 $64,340
Maryland 750 0.31 3.65 $39.11 $81,340
Ohio 610 0.12 1.47 $34.68 $72,140




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)
Alaska 190 0.61 7.33 $27.45 $57,090
Minnesota 1,090 0.42 5.08 $29.34 $61,030
Rhode Island 180 0.40 4.79 $24.53 $51,030
Maryland 750 0.31 3.65 $39.11 $81,340
North Carolina 880 0.23 2.78 $30.93 $64,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 40 0.02 0.24 $55.00 $114,400
Washington 220 0.08 0.97 $46.89 $97,540
Georgia 40 0.01 0.13 $46.63 $96,980
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $45.60 $94,840
California 1,570 0.11 1.34 $41.62 $86,560

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 510 0.93 11.11 $37.62 $78,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.29 3.51 $37.35 $77,680
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.36 4.36 $39.13 $81,390
Durham, NC 440 1.65 19.78 $30.88 $64,230
Columbus, OH 400 0.46 5.45 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 260 0.15 1.85 $35.88 $74,630
Baltimore-Towson, MD 210 0.17 2.06 $40.57 $84,380
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 2.67 $38.36 $79,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.14 1.63 $49.20 $102,340
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.61 $36.98 $76,910




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)
Durham, NC 440 1.65 19.78 $30.88 $64,230
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 510 0.93 11.11 $37.62 $78,260
Champaign-Urbana, IL 80 0.83 9.94 $24.23 $50,390
Anchorage, AK 130 0.77 9.19 $26.61 $55,350
Columbus, OH 400 0.46 5.45 (8) (8)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.43 5.20 $57.33 $119,250
Worcester, MA-CT 90 0.40 4.79 $31.67 $65,880
Charlottesville, VA 30 0.37 4.40 $34.95 $72,690
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.36 4.36 $39.13 $81,390
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 180 0.34 4.04 $24.53 $51,030




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.52 $57.48 $119,560
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.43 5.20 $57.33 $119,250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.14 1.63 $49.20 $102,340
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 140 0.09 1.02 $48.82 $101,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $46.39 $96,480
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $46.02 $95,730
Morgantown, WV (8) (8) (8) $44.02 $91,560
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.16 1.94 $42.64 $88,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $41.33 $85,960
Baltimore-Towson, MD 210 0.17 2.06 $40.57 $84,380

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 2.67 $28.39 $59,060
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.51 $26.25 $54,590
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.54 $30.34 $63,110
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.08 $30.59 $63,620

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.51 $26.25 $54,590
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.08 $30.59 $63,620
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 2.67 $28.39 $59,060
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.54 $30.34 $63,110

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.08 $30.59 $63,620
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.54 $30.34 $63,110
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 2.67 $28.39 $59,060
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.51 $26.25 $54,590


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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