Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-2099 Physical Scientists, All Other

All physical 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)
25,790 3.3 % $46.29 $96,290 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.96 $31.88 $45.67 $59.01 $71.40
Annual Wage (2) $45,680 $66,320 $94,990 $122,750 $148,500


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,520 0.41 $50.50 $105,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,150 0.82 $51.32 $106,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,220 0.15 $30.43 $63,300
State Government (OES Designation) 1,660 0.07 $36.48 $75,890
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,530 0.12 $41.43 $86,180

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 5,150 0.82 $51.32 $106,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,520 0.41 $50.50 $105,030
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,220 0.15 $30.43 $63,300
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,530 0.12 $41.43 $86,180
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 480 0.12 $40.06 $83,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $83.41 $173,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 590 0.06 $64.05 $133,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,440 0.08 $57.74 $120,100
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 40 (7) $56.20 $116,890
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 250 0.02 $53.14 $110,540


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 2,140 0.15 0.76 $51.70 $107,540
Maryland 1,720 0.69 3.45 $56.65 $117,830
Indiana 1,600 0.58 2.88 $28.27 $58,810
Texas 1,530 0.15 0.74 $44.80 $93,190
Virginia 1,120 0.32 1.57 $53.12 $110,490




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)
District of Columbia 780 1.22 6.05 $57.96 $120,570
Maryland 1,720 0.69 3.45 $56.65 $117,830
Indiana 1,600 0.58 2.88 $28.27 $58,810
Alaska 160 0.52 2.57 $36.97 $76,900
Virginia 1,120 0.32 1.57 $53.12 $110,490




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 780 1.22 6.05 $57.96 $120,570
Connecticut 170 0.11 0.53 $57.95 $120,540
Maryland 1,720 0.69 3.45 $56.65 $117,830
Virginia 1,120 0.32 1.57 $53.12 $110,490
Ohio 880 0.18 0.88 $52.65 $109,510





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.81 4.03 $58.51 $121,700
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.54 7.68 $57.82 $120,260
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 660 2.48 12.34 $41.63 $86,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 620 0.17 0.87 $43.44 $90,340
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 560 0.65 3.24 $27.53 $57,260
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 560 1.32 6.59 $42.32 $88,030
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 450 0.37 1.82 $50.49 $105,010
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 450 0.37 1.86 $45.70 $95,050
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.46 2.27 $50.01 $104,030
Athens-Clarke County, GA 430 5.56 27.67 $13.85 $28,800




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)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 430 5.56 27.67 $13.85 $28,800
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 660 2.48 12.34 $41.63 $86,600
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.54 7.68 $57.82 $120,260
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.34 6.66 $37.23 $77,440
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 560 1.32 6.59 $42.32 $88,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.81 4.03 $58.51 $121,700
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 560 0.65 3.24 $27.53 $57,260
Ann Arbor, MI 120 0.63 3.11 $41.50 $86,310
Anchorage, AK 100 0.62 3.09 $36.98 $76,920
Tallahassee, FL 90 0.56 2.77 $24.38 $50,720




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)
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 240 0.25 1.25 $81.36 $169,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.45 2.25 $69.01 $143,530
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.34 1.68 $62.75 $130,510
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 80 0.15 0.75 $58.91 $122,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.81 4.03 $58.51 $121,700
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.54 7.68 $57.82 $120,260
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.64 $113,650
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 0.76 $53.42 $111,120
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $53.10 $110,440
Knoxville, TN 60 0.17 0.86 $52.19 $108,560

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 3.02 $53.73 $111,770
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.88 4.40 $43.07 $89,590
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.40 $29.40 $61,160
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 4.29 $44.76 $93,100
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.88 $36.41 $75,740

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.88 4.40 $43.07 $89,590
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 4.29 $44.76 $93,100
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 3.02 $53.73 $111,770
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.40 $29.40 $61,160
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.88 $36.41 $75,740

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 3.02 $53.73 $111,770
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 4.29 $44.76 $93,100
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.88 4.40 $43.07 $89,590
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.88 $36.41 $75,740
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.40 $29.40 $61,160


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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