Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
18,530 2.7 % $30.10 $62,610 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.86 $22.04 $27.61 $35.00 $45.89
Annual Wage (2) $37,150 $45,850 $57,430 $72,810 $95,460


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) 6,630 0.30 $25.55 $53,140
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,330 0.22 $38.05 $79,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,870 0.30 $28.14 $58,520
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,540 0.13 $31.39 $65,290
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,290 0.04 $33.80 $70,300

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 730 0.52 $22.82 $47,470
Social Advocacy Organizations 630 0.31 $25.07 $52,150
State Government (OES Designation) 6,630 0.30 $25.55 $53,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,870 0.30 $28.14 $58,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,330 0.22 $38.05 $79,140

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 90 (7) $41.32 $85,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,330 0.22 $38.05 $79,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 330 0.02 $34.14 $71,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,290 0.04 $33.80 $70,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,540 0.13 $31.39 $65,290


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 2,860 0.19 1.39 $34.32 $71,390
Washington 1,760 0.62 4.46 $34.16 $71,040
Florida 1,350 0.18 1.30 $24.36 $50,660
Oregon 1,150 0.70 5.02 $31.70 $65,940
Alaska 840 2.61 18.65 $33.35 $69,380




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 840 2.61 18.65 $33.35 $69,380
Wyoming 340 1.23 8.82 $28.34 $58,950
Idaho 500 0.82 5.84 $28.46 $59,190
Montana 330 0.76 5.41 $29.29 $60,920
Oregon 1,150 0.70 5.02 $31.70 $65,940




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 1.00 $47.98 $99,800
Maryland 230 0.09 0.65 $46.17 $96,030
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.32 $42.99 $89,420
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.62 $39.67 $82,510
New Jersey 140 0.04 0.26 $35.23 $73,290





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 750 0.52 3.72 $38.59 $80,260
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 610 0.47 3.37 $30.21 $62,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 520 0.50 3.60 $35.14 $73,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.11 0.78 $36.33 $75,570
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 350 0.42 3.01 $44.24 $92,010
Anchorage, AK 290 1.65 11.84 $31.56 $65,650
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 290 0.25 1.80 $22.09 $45,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.16 1.12 $26.57 $55,260
Boise City-Nampa, ID 240 0.89 6.39 $28.27 $58,810
Olympia, WA 220 2.24 16.06 $30.04 $62,480




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 110 3.37 24.12 $26.04 $54,170
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.74 19.64 $32.99 $68,630
Olympia, WA 220 2.24 16.06 $30.04 $62,480
Flagstaff, AZ 110 1.88 13.43 $24.90 $51,800
Anchorage, AK 290 1.65 11.84 $31.56 $65,650
Missoula, MT 90 1.62 11.57 $28.55 $59,390
Barnstable Town, MA 140 1.47 10.53 $44.30 $92,140
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.31 9.39 $26.22 $54,530
Bangor, ME 70 1.11 7.97 $26.15 $54,390
Gainesville, FL 120 1.00 7.15 $26.08 $54,250




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 190 0.08 0.59 $46.15 $95,990
Barnstable Town, MA 140 1.47 10.53 $44.30 $92,140
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 350 0.42 3.01 $44.24 $92,010
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.47 3.39 $42.00 $87,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $41.74 $86,820
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $41.15 $85,600
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.29 $40.90 $85,060
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.22 $39.47 $82,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 750 0.52 3.72 $38.59 $80,260
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 0.72 $38.42 $79,920

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 230 3.13 22.38 $33.01 $68,670
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 6.27 44.83 $36.22 $75,340
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.57 18.40 $29.58 $61,520
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 1.99 14.24 $31.31 $65,120
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.11 15.10 $28.49 $59,260

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 220 6.27 44.83 $36.22 $75,340
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.13 22.38 $33.01 $68,670
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 2.57 18.40 $29.58 $61,520
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.11 15.10 $28.49 $59,260
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 1.99 14.24 $31.31 $65,120

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 220 6.27 44.83 $36.22 $75,340
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.13 22.38 $33.01 $68,670
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.88 $32.88 $68,380
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.30 9.33 $31.63 $65,800
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 140 1.99 14.24 $31.31 $65,120


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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