Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-4099 Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

All life, physical, and social science technicians 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)
58,890 2.2 % $22.00 $45,770 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.96 $15.58 $20.73 $27.11 $34.45
Annual Wage (2) $24,880 $32,410 $43,120 $56,380 $71,660


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 17,360 0.61 $20.15 $41,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 10,250 1.63 $23.01 $47,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,530 0.37 $25.46 $52,950
Employment Services 3,560 0.12 $22.06 $45,880
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,030 0.23 $19.75 $41,080

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 10,250 1.63 $23.01 $47,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,360 0.61 $20.15 $41,910
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,530 0.37 $25.46 $52,950
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,030 0.23 $19.75 $41,080
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,180 0.20 $22.29 $46,350

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 740 0.04 $29.65 $61,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 330 0.12 $28.30 $58,860
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 40 0.02 $27.07 $56,300
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $27.01 $56,190
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 330 0.15 $26.88 $55,900


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)
New York 7,350 0.87 1.90 $22.14 $46,040
California 7,250 0.52 1.12 $23.60 $49,100
Texas 5,670 0.55 1.20 $20.66 $42,970
Florida 2,890 0.40 0.88 $18.42 $38,320
Michigan 2,610 0.68 1.49 $18.25 $37,960




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 480 1.53 3.34 $22.21 $46,190
Hawaii 540 0.94 2.04 $25.64 $53,340
Maryland 2,170 0.88 1.91 $27.54 $57,290
New York 7,350 0.87 1.90 $22.14 $46,040
Oregon 1,340 0.85 1.84 $23.54 $48,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 2,170 0.88 1.91 $27.54 $57,290
District of Columbia 260 0.40 0.88 $26.37 $54,860
Connecticut 510 0.32 0.70 $26.11 $54,320
Massachusetts 960 0.31 0.67 $25.66 $53,370
Hawaii 540 0.94 2.04 $25.64 $53,340





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,970 0.59 1.28 $23.84 $49,580
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,200 0.86 1.88 $20.35 $42,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.70 1.52 $20.33 $42,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.37 0.81 $23.03 $47,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,420 1.15 2.50 $25.62 $53,300
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,020 0.81 1.77 $22.38 $46,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 970 1.11 2.41 $25.52 $53,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.56 1.21 $25.47 $52,970
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 950 2.25 4.89 $19.32 $40,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 880 0.90 1.96 $24.33 $50,610




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)
Bloomington, IN 720 9.88 21.52 $13.39 $27,850
Ames, IA 320 7.90 17.22 $24.94 $51,870
Ann Arbor, MI 650 3.40 7.41 $13.82 $28,750
Fairbanks, AK 120 3.33 7.25 $21.44 $44,590
Charlottesville, VA 290 3.13 6.82 $18.12 $37,700
Corvallis, OR 90 2.78 6.05 $21.88 $45,510
Morgantown, WV 160 2.68 5.84 $26.34 $54,780
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 950 2.25 4.89 $19.32 $40,180
Manhattan, KS 110 2.14 4.65 $19.96 $41,510
Lexington-Fayette, KY 480 2.02 4.40 $16.09 $33,460




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)
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $33.28 $69,230
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 850 1.52 3.32 $31.31 $65,130
Albuquerque, NM 200 0.55 1.19 $30.40 $63,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.33 0.72 $29.21 $60,760
Portsmouth, NH-ME 90 1.68 3.66 $29.12 $60,570
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 540 0.45 0.97 $28.36 $58,990
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 530 0.15 0.32 $28.10 $58,450
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 70 0.24 0.52 $27.83 $57,890
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $27.75 $57,730
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 0.40 $27.74 $57,710

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 400 2.78 6.06 $12.00 $24,970
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 370 1.34 2.92 $17.52 $36,450
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 0.84 1.82 $11.19 $23,270
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.55 3.39 $23.79 $49,480
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 1.52 $21.30 $44,300

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 100 2.86 6.23 $21.59 $44,910
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 400 2.78 6.06 $12.00 $24,970
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.88 4.09 $20.17 $41,960
South Western Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 1.66 3.62 $16.71 $34,760
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.55 3.39 $23.79 $49,480

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 0.83 $29.71 $61,800
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.94 $53,950
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.63 $53,300
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 1.14 $24.11 $50,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.55 3.39 $23.79 $49,480


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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