Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-1041 Epidemiologists

Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.


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)
4,610 3.8 % $33.49 $69,660 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.86 $24.92 $30.87 $38.54 $48.09
Annual Wage (2) $43,380 $51,830 $64,220 $80,170 $100,020


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) 1,420 0.06 $28.93 $60,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,100 0.02 $29.80 $61,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 700 0.01 $36.63 $76,180
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 340 0.01 $32.45 $67,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 290 0.05 $42.10 $87,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 180 0.07 (8) (8)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,420 0.06 $28.93 $60,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 290 0.05 $42.10 $87,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,100 0.02 $29.80 $61,990
Grantmaking and Giving Services 30 0.02 $40.48 $84,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 30 (7) $42.52 $88,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 290 0.05 $42.10 $87,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 210 0.02 $40.71 $84,680
Grantmaking and Giving Services 30 0.02 $40.48 $84,190
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $37.87 $78,760


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 620 0.04 1.23 $43.01 $89,460
Massachusetts 330 0.11 2.93 $43.42 $90,310
Texas 280 0.03 0.76 $27.47 $57,130
Washington 260 0.09 2.63 $35.06 $72,930
Maryland 240 0.10 2.71 $33.58 $69,850




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)
Wyoming 30 0.12 3.31 $27.97 $58,180
Massachusetts 330 0.11 2.93 $43.42 $90,310
Maryland 240 0.10 2.71 $33.58 $69,850
Washington 260 0.09 2.63 $35.06 $72,930
Connecticut 130 0.08 2.22 $37.43 $77,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 330 0.11 2.93 $43.42 $90,310
California 620 0.04 1.23 $43.01 $89,460
Connecticut 130 0.08 2.22 $37.43 $77,860
North Carolina 80 0.02 0.62 $37.10 $77,170
Nevada 70 0.06 1.70 $37.08 $77,120





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 310 0.19 5.17 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 1.21 $32.68 $67,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.11 3.03 $33.52 $69,730
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 5.63 $37.26 $77,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 110 0.05 1.35 $28.70 $59,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 2.99 $53.55 $111,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 100 0.06 1.65 $30.39 $63,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.04 1.00 $29.61 $61,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 1.17 $36.00 $74,890
Columbus, OH 70 0.08 2.23 $29.26 $60,860




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)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 5.63 $37.26 $77,510
Reno-Sparks, NV 40 0.20 5.64 $41.92 $87,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 310 0.19 5.17 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.11 3.03 $33.52 $69,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 2.99 $53.55 $111,390
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 40 0.11 2.96 $29.08 $60,490
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 50 0.10 2.84 $25.29 $52,600
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.09 2.43 $27.79 $57,800
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 70 0.08 2.15 $27.88 $57,990
Columbus, OH 70 0.08 2.23 $29.26 $60,860




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $56.25 $117,010
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.50 $53.68 $111,650
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 2.99 $53.55 $111,390
Reno-Sparks, NV 40 0.20 5.64 $41.92 $87,190
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 5.63 $37.26 $77,510
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 1.17 $36.00 $74,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.11 $73,030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 0.94 $34.04 $70,800
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.80 $34.00 $70,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.56 $69,810

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 7.97 $24.45 $50,850

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 7.97 $24.45 $50,850

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 7.97 $24.45 $50,850


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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