Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-1099 Life Scientists, All Other

All life scientists not listed separately.


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)
10,020 4.4 % $35.68 $74,220 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.18 $23.25 $30.95 $44.68 $61.37
Annual Wage (2) $39,900 $48,350 $64,370 $92,930 $127,660


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,200 0.08 $32.95 $68,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,780 0.28 $39.62 $82,410
State Government (OES Designation) 1,210 0.05 $28.22 $58,700
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 720 0.27 $35.47 $73,780
Offices of Physicians 530 0.02 $24.19 $50,310

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 1,780 0.28 $39.62 $82,410
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 720 0.27 $35.47 $73,780
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 370 0.09 $45.35 $94,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,200 0.08 $32.95 $68,540
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $38.97 $81,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 130 0.02 $54.66 $113,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $53.73 $111,760
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $50.08 $104,170
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 370 0.09 $45.35 $94,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $44.33 $92,200


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 1,500 0.11 1.36 $41.33 $85,960
Minnesota 1,260 0.49 6.21 $30.55 $63,540
North Carolina 990 0.26 3.32 $31.14 $64,770
Maryland 680 0.27 3.51 $41.13 $85,550
Illinois 580 0.10 1.34 $35.95 $74,770




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)
Rhode Island 280 0.63 8.05 $26.59 $55,310
Alaska 180 0.56 7.16 $28.23 $58,720
Minnesota 1,260 0.49 6.21 $30.55 $63,540
Maryland 680 0.27 3.51 $41.13 $85,550
North Carolina 990 0.26 3.32 $31.14 $64,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 250 0.09 1.20 $49.96 $103,920
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $45.06 $93,720
New Hampshire 60 0.10 1.24 $42.95 $89,330
Hawaii 50 0.08 1.08 $42.56 $88,520
California 1,500 0.11 1.36 $41.33 $85,960





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 650 0.38 4.84 $37.22 $77,420
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 440 1.66 21.21 $30.83 $64,120
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 380 0.68 8.66 $45.01 $93,620
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 300 0.24 3.11 $36.65 $76,220
Baltimore-Towson, MD 280 0.23 2.92 $34.93 $72,650
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 280 0.53 6.77 $26.59 $55,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.32 4.13 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 0.86 $36.33 $75,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.16 1.99 $52.27 $108,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 210 0.12 1.59 $37.95 $78,940




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 440 1.66 21.21 $30.83 $64,120
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 380 0.68 8.66 $45.01 $93,620
Anchorage, AK 110 0.68 8.74 $27.39 $56,980
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 280 0.53 6.77 $26.59 $55,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.38 4.84 $37.22 $77,420
Raleigh-Cary, NC 180 0.35 4.52 $29.23 $60,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.32 4.13 (8) (8)
Salem, OR 40 0.32 4.04 $27.63 $57,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 300 0.24 3.11 $36.65 $76,220
Baltimore-Towson, MD 280 0.23 2.92 $34.93 $72,650




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.16 1.99 $52.27 $108,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.33 $52.16 $108,490
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.13 1.72 $47.98 $99,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.28 $46.71 $97,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.08 0.99 $45.44 $94,520
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 380 0.68 8.66 $45.01 $93,620
Morgantown, WV (8) (8) (8) $44.99 $93,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.16 2.07 $44.98 $93,560
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (8) (8) (8) $44.61 $92,790
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 0.09 1.20 $43.61 $90,710

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 50 0.30 3.82 $26.20 $54,500
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.68 $32.27 $67,120

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 50 0.30 3.82 $26.20 $54,500
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.68 $32.27 $67,120

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.68 $32.27 $67,120
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.82 $26.20 $54,500
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.87 $35,090


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

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

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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