Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research. Practitioners who primarily provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs are included in "Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners" (29-1000).


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)
95,220 2.7 % $42.13 $87,640 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.03 $25.93 $36.60 $50.75 $70.33
Annual Wage (2) $41,650 $53,930 $76,130 $105,550 $146,280


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 38,370 6.09 $45.89 $95,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,840 0.69 $29.74 $61,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,720 0.23 $38.38 $79,820
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,060 3.03 $46.38 $96,480
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,330 1.45 $47.35 $98,500

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 38,370 6.09 $45.89 $95,450
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,060 3.03 $46.38 $96,480
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,330 1.45 $47.35 $98,500
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 1,570 0.83 $45.08 $93,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,840 0.69 $29.74 $61,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 2,460 0.10 $57.59 $119,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,120 0.05 $55.78 $116,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,930 0.18 $55.50 $115,440
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $54.74 $113,870
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 230 0.03 $54.06 $112,440


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 26,690 1.90 2.56 $43.33 $90,130
Massachusetts 9,320 2.95 3.98 $46.01 $95,690
New York 5,950 0.71 0.95 $42.17 $87,720
Pennsylvania 5,440 0.98 1.32 $44.45 $92,460
North Carolina 5,080 1.33 1.79 $44.50 $92,550




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)
Massachusetts 9,320 2.95 3.98 $46.01 $95,690
California 26,690 1.90 2.56 $43.33 $90,130
Washington 4,600 1.69 2.28 $35.81 $74,490
Maryland 3,940 1.59 2.14 $46.75 $97,240
North Carolina 5,080 1.33 1.79 $44.50 $92,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 240 0.56 0.75 $69.04 $143,610
Illinois 1,920 0.34 0.46 $58.62 $121,920
Maine 110 0.19 0.25 $55.76 $115,980
Connecticut 1,830 1.14 1.53 $54.12 $112,580
Oregon 270 0.17 0.23 $51.19 $106,470





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,040 4.20 5.66 $45.18 $93,960
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 5,480 4.44 5.98 $39.84 $82,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,360 1.40 1.89 $35.95 $74,780
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,440 4.62 6.23 $45.00 $93,590
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,060 2.24 3.01 $45.46 $94,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,020 2.93 3.95 $35.70 $74,250
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,870 10.75 14.48 $42.86 $89,160
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,830 0.56 0.75 $47.02 $97,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,300 1.66 2.23 $38.47 $80,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,140 2.45 3.29 $66.61 $138,540




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 2,870 10.75 14.48 $42.86 $89,160
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,440 4.62 6.23 $45.00 $93,590
Madison, WI 1,480 4.48 6.03 $25.45 $52,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 5,480 4.44 5.98 $39.84 $82,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,040 4.20 5.66 $45.18 $93,960
Wilmington, NC 530 3.96 5.33 $34.71 $72,190
Ann Arbor, MI 650 3.42 4.60 $30.21 $62,840
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,850 3.33 4.48 $50.88 $105,830
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 500 3.19 4.30 $49.40 $102,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,020 2.93 3.95 $35.70 $74,250




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 360 0.53 0.71 $115.21 $239,630
Greensboro-High Point, NC 70 0.20 0.27 $106.02 $220,510
Tulsa, OK 40 0.10 0.13 $82.51 $171,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $70.91 $147,490
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,140 2.45 3.29 $66.61 $138,540
Richmond, VA 150 0.26 0.34 $64.79 $134,760
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) (8) (8) $62.58 $130,160
Rochester, NY 170 0.34 0.46 $60.01 $124,820
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 270 1.23 1.66 $58.75 $122,210
Springfield, MA-CT 70 0.24 0.33 $58.07 $120,780

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.64 0.86 $36.83 $76,610
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 0.59 $33.88 $70,470
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.37 $37.26 $77,490
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.24 $69.16 $143,860

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.64 0.86 $36.83 $76,610
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 0.59 $33.88 $70,470
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.37 $37.26 $77,490
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.24 $69.16 $143,860

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.24 $69.16 $143,860
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $67.29 $139,960
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $51.02 $106,120
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.37 $37.26 $77,490
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.64 0.86 $36.83 $76,610


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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