Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


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)
15,010 4.2 % $31.41 $65,340 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.71 $21.42 $28.67 $38.72 $51.62
Annual Wage (2) $34,770 $44,560 $59,630 $80,540 $107,370


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 2,300 0.36 $36.87 $76,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,630 0.08 $37.96 $78,950
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,610 2.72 $27.25 $56,680
Other Food Manufacturing 1,600 0.90 $32.36 $67,310
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,140 0.86 $28.24 $58,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,610 2.72 $27.25 $56,680
Animal Food Manufacturing 570 1.06 $28.47 $59,210
Other Food Manufacturing 1,600 0.90 $32.36 $67,310
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,140 0.86 $28.24 $58,740
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 860 0.51 $28.30 $58,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $44.16 $91,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,630 0.08 $37.96 $78,950
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $37.54 $78,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,300 0.36 $36.87 $76,690
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.01 $35.01 $72,830


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 1.29 $30.77 $64,010
Minnesota 2,060 0.77 6.78 $35.84 $74,540
Texas 1,130 0.10 0.92 $32.06 $66,680
Wisconsin 710 0.26 2.32 $32.13 $66,840
Ohio 640 0.13 1.11 $34.20 $71,140




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)
Minnesota 2,060 0.77 6.78 $35.84 $74,540
Vermont 110 0.37 3.25 $30.78 $64,020
New Mexico 290 0.36 3.22 $22.66 $47,140
Arkansas 380 0.33 2.95 $32.84 $68,310
Iowa 420 0.28 2.50 $29.07 $60,460




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 0.13 1.17 $38.10 $79,240
Colorado 150 0.07 0.58 $37.11 $77,180
Maryland 130 0.05 0.44 $36.28 $75,470
New Jersey 490 0.13 1.12 $35.98 $74,830
Minnesota 2,060 0.77 6.78 $35.84 $74,540





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 1,850 1.03 9.11 $36.11 $75,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 1.23 $32.62 $67,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 410 0.18 1.56 $26.25 $54,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.97 $33.08 $68,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.21 1.83 $36.26 $75,420
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 250 0.25 2.20 $38.03 $79,100
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 240 1.17 10.31 $33.45 $69,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.04 0.39 $36.60 $76,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.16 1.39 $25.91 $53,890
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 210 0.25 2.23 $39.19 $81,510




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)
St. Joseph, MO-KS 70 1.26 11.13 $25.34 $52,710
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 240 1.17 10.31 $33.45 $69,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,850 1.03 9.11 $36.11 $75,100
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.89 7.86 $31.06 $64,600
Modesto, CA 120 0.74 6.55 $31.27 $65,040
Visalia-Porterville, CA 100 0.73 6.43 $25.64 $53,320
Green Bay, WI 120 0.73 6.44 $33.80 $70,310
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.59 5.25 $21.29 $44,280
Merced, CA 40 0.58 5.13 $25.97 $54,010
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.58 5.10 $29.75 $61,880




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 0.54 $40.56 $84,370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 210 0.25 2.23 $39.19 $81,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.41 $38.78 $80,650
Columbus, OH 190 0.21 1.82 $38.04 $79,120
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 250 0.25 2.20 $38.03 $79,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.20 1.73 $37.92 $78,880
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.05 0.42 $37.36 $77,700
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.85 $37.32 $77,620
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 1.08 $37.25 $77,470
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 30 0.09 0.83 $37.18 $77,340

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.34 3.00 $21.30 $44,310
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 6.14 $28.29 $58,830
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 8.38 $32.62 $67,840
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.60 $30.03 $62,460
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 3.38 $29.64 $61,650

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 8.38 $32.62 $67,840
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 6.14 $28.29 $58,830
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.50 4.43 $25.90 $53,870
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 3.38 $29.64 $61,650
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.34 3.00 $21.30 $44,310

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 2.36 $36.91 $76,770
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.09 $68,840
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 8.38 $32.62 $67,840
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.60 $30.03 $62,460
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.89 $62,170


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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