Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

11-9121 Natural Sciences Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields. Excludes "Architecture and Engineering Managers" (11-9041) and "Computer and Information Systems Managers" (11-3021).


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)
53,450 2.1 % $65.66 $136,570 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $33.29 $44.23 $57.77 $78.13 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $69,250 $91,990 $120,160 $162,510 (5)


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 16,550 2.56 $77.06 $160,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,780 0.49 $55.38 $115,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,550 1.62 $68.15 $141,740
State Government (OES Designation) 3,480 0.16 $38.85 $80,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,430 0.15 $84.17 $175,080

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 16,550 2.56 $77.06 $160,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,550 1.62 $68.15 $141,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,780 0.49 $55.38 $115,190
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 620 0.31 $82.39 $171,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,990 0.24 $68.78 $143,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 80 0.02 $98.24 $204,340
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 0.11 $90.70 $188,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,430 0.15 $84.17 $175,080
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 620 0.31 $82.39 $171,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 16,550 2.56 $77.06 $160,280


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 8,680 0.56 1.45 $77.13 $160,430
New Jersey 4,020 1.03 2.66 $89.40 $185,950
Massachusetts 3,170 0.93 2.41 $82.74 $172,110
Maryland 2,550 0.98 2.53 $64.22 $133,580
North Carolina 2,090 0.51 1.31 $68.30 $142,070




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 960 1.42 3.66 $62.41 $129,820
Alaska 420 1.30 3.35 $50.01 $104,020
Delaware 490 1.12 2.90 $91.09 $189,460
New Jersey 4,020 1.03 2.66 $89.40 $185,950
Maryland 2,550 0.98 2.53 $64.22 $133,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 490 1.12 2.90 $91.09 $189,460
New Jersey 4,020 1.03 2.66 $89.40 $185,950
Massachusetts 3,170 0.93 2.41 $82.74 $172,110
California 8,680 0.56 1.45 $77.13 $160,430
Connecticut 1,160 0.70 1.80 $73.61 $153,100





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,550 0.39 1.02 $79.19 $164,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,510 1.42 3.67 $86.15 $179,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.95 2.44 $65.09 $135,390
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,080 1.80 4.66 $96.14 $199,960
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.77 4.56 $96.35 $200,400
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,390 2.42 6.24 $66.26 $137,820
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,210 1.20 3.09 $78.58 $163,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.69 1.79 $73.26 $152,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.25 0.66 $68.77 $143,030
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,020 3.53 9.12 (8) (8)




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 1,020 3.53 9.12 (8) (8)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,390 2.42 6.24 $66.26 $137,820
Corvallis, OR 70 2.10 5.43 $56.15 $116,780
Boulder, CO 350 2.03 5.23 $71.96 $149,670
Trenton, NJ 400 1.81 4.66 $74.85 $155,690
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,080 1.80 4.66 $96.14 $199,960
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.77 4.56 $96.35 $200,400
Flagstaff, AZ 90 1.61 4.15 $48.13 $100,110
Missoula, MT 80 1.47 3.80 $48.04 $99,920
Fort Collins, CO 210 1.43 3.69 $58.76 $122,230




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.77 4.56 $96.35 $200,400
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,080 1.80 4.66 $96.14 $199,960
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 460 1.36 3.50 $93.46 $194,390
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.82 2.10 $91.79 $190,920
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,510 1.42 3.67 $86.15 $179,190
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 300 0.71 1.83 $84.48 $175,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.66 1.71 $83.22 $173,100
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 420 1.06 2.74 $82.72 $172,060
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,010 0.75 1.93 $81.99 $170,550
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.15 0.38 $81.50 $169,520

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.04 2.69 $42.88 $89,200
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 80 0.24 0.63 $34.78 $72,340
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.01 5.20 $48.59 $101,060
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 2.75 $45.11 $93,820
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 0.97 $42.12 $87,610

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 70 2.01 5.20 $48.59 $101,060
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.14 2.95 $44.22 $91,980
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 2.75 $45.11 $93,820
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.04 2.69 $42.88 $89,200
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.99 2.57 $43.18 $89,810

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.39 $56.48 $117,480
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $55.32 $115,070
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $51.75 $107,640
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.63 $50.47 $104,980
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 0.91 $50.32 $104,670


About May 2015 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 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,200 per year.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016