Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

11-9121 Natural Sciences Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields. Excludes "Architecture and Engineering Managers" (11-9041) and "Computer and Information Systems Managers" (11-3021).


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)
47,510 1.9 % $61.65 $128,230 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.86 $42.33 $55.18 $74.33 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $64,180 $88,040 $114,770 $154,620 (5)


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 11,740 1.86 $77.86 $161,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,220 0.50 $53.81 $111,920
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,910 1.85 $63.72 $132,530
State Government (OES Designation) 3,350 0.15 $35.76 $74,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,250 0.11 $45.84 $95,350

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 11,740 1.86 $77.86 $161,940
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,910 1.85 $63.72 $132,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,220 0.50 $53.81 $111,920
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 470 0.33 $67.16 $139,700
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.23 $77.05 $160,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 70 0.01 $93.96 $195,440
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $92.48 $192,360
Insurance Carriers 120 0.01 $89.08 $185,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 200 0.12 $85.71 $178,280
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 80 0.01 $81.19 $168,880


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 8,400 0.60 1.62 $75.47 $156,980
New Jersey 3,070 0.81 2.20 $80.88 $168,220
North Carolina 2,330 0.61 1.65 $67.33 $140,060
Maryland 2,230 0.90 2.42 $61.00 $126,880
Massachusetts 2,190 0.69 1.87 $74.88 $155,760




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)
District of Columbia 1,020 1.58 4.28 $59.65 $124,070
Alaska 440 1.40 3.78 $44.75 $93,080
Maryland 2,230 0.90 2.42 $61.00 $126,880
New Jersey 3,070 0.81 2.20 $80.88 $168,220
Connecticut 1,270 0.79 2.13 $69.02 $143,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 3,070 0.81 2.20 $80.88 $168,220
California 8,400 0.60 1.62 $75.47 $156,980
Massachusetts 2,190 0.69 1.87 $74.88 $155,760
Pennsylvania 1,380 0.25 0.67 $73.51 $152,910
Connecticut 1,270 0.79 2.13 $69.02 $143,560





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,460 1.06 2.87 $64.74 $134,670
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,730 1.40 3.77 $81.77 $170,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,600 0.96 2.58 $73.69 $153,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,480 1.55 4.17 $87.68 $182,380
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,370 5.13 13.84 $73.69 $153,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.27 0.72 $72.08 $149,930
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,150 2.08 5.61 $63.49 $132,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.28 0.76 $72.85 $151,520
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.07 2.89 $78.94 $164,190
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.05 2.84 $90.68 $188,620




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-Chapel Hill, NC 1,370 5.13 13.84 $73.69 $153,270
Olympia, WA 290 3.03 8.18 $43.62 $90,730
Corvallis, OR 90 2.63 7.11 $54.41 $113,170
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,150 2.08 5.61 $63.49 $132,070
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 190 1.93 5.21 $67.78 $140,970
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 380 1.75 4.72 $71.59 $148,910
Boulder, CO 270 1.71 4.62 $76.46 $159,040
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 210 1.68 4.54 $55.05 $114,510
New Haven, CT 430 1.61 4.35 $56.95 $118,460
Anchorage, AK 260 1.56 4.22 $44.84 $93,260




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)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.05 2.84 $90.68 $188,620
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 170 1.10 2.96 $88.11 $183,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,480 1.55 4.17 $87.68 $182,380
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 360 0.89 2.39 $86.36 $179,630
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 970 0.53 1.44 $83.29 $173,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.95 2.56 $82.97 $172,590
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,730 1.40 3.77 $81.77 $170,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 600 0.23 0.63 $80.27 $166,970
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.07 2.89 $78.94 $164,190
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 1.22 3.29 $78.11 $162,460

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.95 2.56 $41.91 $87,180
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.08 5.63 $44.66 $92,890
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.10 2.98 $41.98 $87,320
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.16 0.44 $41.70 $86,730
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 1.08 $33.17 $69,000

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.08 5.63 $44.66 $92,890
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.10 2.98 $41.98 $87,320
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 2.62 $48.17 $100,190
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.95 2.56 $41.91 $87,180
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.89 2.39 $43.44 $90,350

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 30 0.11 0.28 $58.30 $121,260
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 0.99 $54.88 $114,140
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 0.93 $52.49 $109,180
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $51.72 $107,570
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.47 $49.31 $102,570


About May 2011 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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