Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
12,040 4.3 % $30.85 $64,170 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.31 $20.79 $28.05 $38.61 $50.52
Annual Wage (2) $33,930 $43,240 $58,340 $80,300 $105,080


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 1,640 0.26 $36.19 $75,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,490 0.08 $35.70 $74,260
Other Food Manufacturing 1,450 0.86 $31.83 $66,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,110 0.04 $24.99 $51,980
Dairy Product Manufacturing 930 0.71 $27.69 $57,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 730 1.27 $28.63 $59,550
Other Food Manufacturing 1,450 0.86 $31.83 $66,200
Animal Food Manufacturing 420 0.82 $28.81 $59,930
Dairy Product Manufacturing 930 0.71 $27.69 $57,590
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 740 0.45 $29.07 $60,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $44.50 $92,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $43.96 $91,430
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.02 $37.13 $77,230
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 40 0.13 $36.87 $76,700
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,640 0.26 $36.19 $75,270


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 1,810 0.13 1.38 $32.50 $67,610
Minnesota 1,100 0.43 4.53 $35.32 $73,470
Texas 780 0.08 0.81 $28.27 $58,800
Michigan 650 0.17 1.81 $30.33 $63,080
Georgia 640 0.17 1.80 $24.63 $51,240




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 1,100 0.43 4.53 $35.32 $73,470
North Dakota 100 0.27 2.88 $28.29 $58,850
Wisconsin 630 0.24 2.55 $28.73 $59,760
Idaho 130 0.22 2.37 $28.55 $59,390
Nebraska 170 0.19 2.00 $31.80 $66,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $43.85 $91,210
New Jersey 360 0.10 1.02 $36.71 $76,360
Massachusetts 180 0.06 0.60 $36.66 $76,240
Minnesota 1,100 0.43 4.53 $35.32 $73,470
Colorado 80 0.03 0.37 $34.84 $72,470





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 980 0.57 6.09 $35.31 $73,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.11 1.12 $34.82 $72,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.95 $29.68 $61,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 330 0.15 1.60 $24.79 $51,570
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.31 3.26 $39.11 $81,350
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 290 0.06 0.61 $36.84 $76,620
St. Louis, MO-IL 280 0.22 2.31 $35.50 $73,840
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 230 0.24 2.52 $37.86 $78,750
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 1.19 $36.13 $75,150
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 1.28 $24.13 $50,190




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)
Janesville, WI 60 0.98 10.43 $34.19 $71,120
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.80 8.52 $24.55 $51,050
Manhattan, KS 40 0.78 8.28 $27.59 $57,390
Napa, CA 40 0.70 7.41 $36.58 $76,090
St. Joseph, MO-KS 30 0.61 6.48 $28.85 $60,000
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.59 6.31 $20.34 $42,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 980 0.57 6.09 $35.31 $73,450
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.55 5.82 $27.98 $58,190
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.47 4.98 $25.71 $53,470
Stockton, CA 80 0.41 4.36 $39.10 $81,320




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) $65.01 $135,230
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 0.66 $42.43 $88,260
Salinas, CA 50 0.31 3.35 $41.84 $87,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 0.40 $40.92 $85,110
Columbus, OH 130 0.14 1.51 $39.43 $82,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.31 3.26 $39.11 $81,350
Stockton, CA 80 0.41 4.36 $39.10 $81,320
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.66 $39.09 $81,310
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 230 0.24 2.52 $37.86 $78,750
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.77 $78,550

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 0.67 7.11 $23.89 $49,690
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 2.96 $22.06 $45,880
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 2.04 $25.71 $53,480
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.37 14.57 $28.34 $58,940
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 3.15 $29.45 $61,260

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.37 14.57 $28.34 $58,940
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 1.28 13.68 $29.90 $62,190
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.67 7.11 $23.89 $49,690
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 3.99 $36.15 $75,200
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 3.37 $30.08 $62,560

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 3.99 $36.15 $75,200
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 3.37 $30.08 $62,560
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 1.28 13.68 $29.90 $62,190
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 3.15 $29.45 $61,260
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.81 $29.25 $60,840


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.

(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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