Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


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)
18,650 2.6 % $30.05 $62,500 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.84 $22.02 $27.74 $35.10 $45.88
Annual Wage (2) $37,100 $45,790 $57,710 $73,010 $95,430


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) 6,490 0.29 $25.27 $52,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,490 0.22 $37.76 $78,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,000 0.32 $31.89 $66,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,470 0.13 $29.47 $61,290
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,100 0.04 $29.49 $61,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 740 0.55 $24.19 $50,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,000 0.32 $31.89 $66,340
State Government (OES Designation) 6,490 0.29 $25.27 $52,550
Social Advocacy Organizations 570 0.29 $24.81 $51,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,490 0.22 $37.76 $78,540

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 (8) (8) $38.85 $80,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,490 0.22 $37.76 $78,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 500 0.04 $33.13 $68,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,000 0.32 $31.89 $66,340
Local Government (OES Designation) 770 0.01 $29.86 $62,110


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 2,310 0.16 1.13 $33.32 $69,300
Washington 1,880 0.68 4.75 $33.29 $69,250
Florida 1,350 0.19 1.30 $25.11 $52,220
Oregon 1,330 0.83 5.77 $31.55 $65,620
Alaska 860 2.71 18.95 $32.47 $67,540




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 860 2.71 18.95 $32.47 $67,540
Wyoming 340 1.24 8.63 $28.54 $59,360
Idaho 540 0.90 6.26 $31.10 $64,680
Oregon 1,330 0.83 5.77 $31.55 $65,620
Montana 320 0.74 5.16 $28.22 $58,690




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 90 0.14 0.98 $49.51 $102,980
Maryland 200 0.08 0.56 $47.05 $97,870
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.29 $42.57 $88,550
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.63 $40.23 $83,680
New Jersey 130 0.03 0.24 $38.55 $80,170





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 890 0.63 4.43 $36.51 $75,950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 660 0.66 4.62 $34.11 $70,950
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 430 0.34 2.38 $33.14 $68,930
Barnstable Town, MA 310 3.23 22.55 $54.63 $113,630
Boise City-Nampa, ID 290 1.12 7.81 $33.44 $69,560
Anchorage, AK 280 1.64 11.44 $30.47 $63,370
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 280 0.34 2.41 $35.91 $74,700
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 260 0.23 1.64 $22.38 $46,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.13 0.92 $26.68 $55,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.67 $44.69 $92,950




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)
Corvallis, OR 150 4.50 31.42 $27.84 $57,910
Barnstable Town, MA 310 3.23 22.55 $54.63 $113,630
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.82 19.70 $32.69 $68,000
Olympia, WA 210 2.21 15.44 $31.20 $64,890
Missoula, MT 90 1.67 11.63 $28.27 $58,810
Anchorage, AK 280 1.64 11.44 $30.47 $63,370
Flagstaff, AZ 90 1.54 10.79 $23.88 $49,670
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 60 1.50 10.49 $29.79 $61,970
Gainesville, FL 150 1.26 8.81 $25.84 $53,750
Bangor, ME 80 1.18 8.27 $25.99 $54,070




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)
Barnstable Town, MA 310 3.23 22.55 $54.63 $113,630
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.58 $103,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.67 $44.69 $92,950
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.30 $42.12 $87,600
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $40.58 $84,400
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 0.58 $39.63 $82,430
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 40 0.15 1.05 $39.01 $81,150
Honolulu, HI 160 0.37 2.58 $38.53 $80,140
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.24 $37.98 $78,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.53 $37.76 $78,540

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 3.36 23.50 $31.27 $65,030
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.75 47.17 $36.07 $75,020
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.54 17.76 $29.44 $61,240
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.02 14.09 $31.72 $65,970
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.88 13.15 $28.79 $59,880

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 230 6.75 47.17 $36.07 $75,020
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 3.36 23.50 $31.27 $65,030
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.54 17.76 $29.44 $61,240
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.02 14.09 $31.72 $65,970
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.88 13.15 $28.79 $59,880

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.75 47.17 $36.07 $75,020
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.96 $74,800
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 3.06 $32.35 $67,280
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.02 7.15 $32.30 $67,180
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.94 6.54 $32.07 $66,700


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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