Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


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)
18,380 2.1 % $29.75 $61,880 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.46 $21.85 $27.60 $34.96 $45.23
Annual Wage (2) $36,310 $45,460 $57,420 $72,710 $94,070


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)
State Government (OES Designation) 6,790 0.30 $25.09 $52,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,600 0.22 $37.30 $77,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,710 0.27 $33.89 $70,480
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,440 0.14 $28.12 $58,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 930 0.03 $26.64 $55,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 6,790 0.30 $25.09 $52,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,710 0.27 $33.89 $70,480
Social Advocacy Organizations 440 0.23 $25.45 $52,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,600 0.22 $37.30 $77,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,440 0.14 $28.12 $58,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $38.01 $79,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,600 0.22 $37.30 $77,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,710 0.27 $33.89 $70,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 490 0.04 $31.57 $65,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 770 0.01 $29.61 $61,590


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 2,190 0.16 1.09 $33.46 $69,600
Washington 1,690 0.62 4.33 $32.97 $68,580
Florida 1,390 0.19 1.36 $24.50 $50,960
Oregon 1,310 0.83 5.77 $31.77 $66,080
Alaska 900 2.87 20.06 $31.91 $66,360




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 900 2.87 20.06 $31.91 $66,360
Wyoming 330 1.21 8.46 $27.66 $57,530
Idaho 560 0.95 6.64 $30.79 $64,040
Oregon 1,310 0.83 5.77 $31.77 $66,080
Montana 340 0.80 5.57 $28.13 $58,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 220 0.09 0.61 $47.09 $97,940
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.31 $41.95 $87,250
Massachusetts 650 0.20 1.43 $37.95 $78,930
Hawaii 220 0.37 2.60 $36.88 $76,710
New Jersey 140 0.04 0.25 $34.32 $71,390





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 740 0.54 3.78 $36.02 $74,930
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 620 0.63 4.43 $35.10 $73,000
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 440 0.36 2.51 $32.26 $67,100
Boise City-Nampa, ID 290 1.14 7.93 $33.08 $68,810
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 20.64 $55.60 $115,650
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 270 0.25 1.73 $21.73 $45,190
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 270 0.34 2.35 $35.12 $73,050
Anchorage, AK 250 1.51 10.57 $29.99 $62,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.15 1.03 $27.02 $56,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 0.68 $47.14 $98,050




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)
Fairbanks, AK 190 5.25 36.66 $31.81 $66,170
Corvallis, OR 170 5.19 36.24 $26.62 $55,370
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 20.64 $55.60 $115,650
Lewiston, ID-WA 60 2.51 17.54 $24.23 $50,390
Olympia, WA 210 2.19 15.27 $31.49 $65,490
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 60 1.67 11.67 $29.59 $61,550
Anchorage, AK 250 1.51 10.57 $29.99 $62,390
Missoula, MT 80 1.46 10.16 $28.96 $60,230
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.40 9.79 $26.41 $54,940
Flagstaff, AZ 70 1.26 8.83 $24.82 $51,630




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)
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 20.64 $55.60 $115,650
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.19 1.34 $48.24 $100,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 0.68 $47.14 $98,050
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.30 $87,990
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.29 $40.20 $83,620
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.97 $81,050
Honolulu, HI 190 0.44 3.04 $37.56 $78,120
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.18 1.28 $37.41 $77,820
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 60 0.25 1.74 $37.30 $77,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 0.23 $36.47 $75,850

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.79 47.42 $34.16 $71,060
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.10 21.62 $31.76 $66,060
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.92 6.45 $25.94 $53,960
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 5.45 $25.96 $54,000
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.34 16.34 $29.32 $60,980

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 240 6.79 47.42 $34.16 $71,060
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.10 21.62 $31.76 $66,060
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.50 17.48 $29.01 $60,350
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.34 16.34 $29.32 $60,980
South Western Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 2.05 14.30 $24.56 $51,080

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.41 $73,650
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.79 47.42 $34.16 $71,060
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.47 $69,620
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.08 7.56 $32.89 $68,400
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 2.12 $32.28 $67,140


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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