Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other

All biological scientists 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)
33,100 4.0 % $36.14 $75,160 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.96 $26.30 $34.96 $41.95 $53.29
Annual Wage (2) $39,440 $54,710 $72,720 $87,260 $110,850


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,250 0.86 $35.73 $74,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,730 0.91 $40.68 $84,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,710 0.19 $31.90 $66,360
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 760 0.07 $46.59 $96,910
State Government (OES Designation) 610 0.03 $26.00 $54,070

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 5,730 0.91 $40.68 $84,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,250 0.86 $35.73 $74,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,710 0.19 $31.90 $66,360
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 420 0.15 $38.30 $79,660
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.13 $20.69 $43,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 80 0.03 $49.24 $102,430
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $47.95 $99,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 760 0.07 $46.59 $96,910
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 70 0.05 $42.76 $88,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,730 0.91 $40.68 $84,620


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 8,040 0.55 2.19 $39.03 $81,180
Maryland 3,620 1.43 5.72 $45.09 $93,780
Massachusetts 1,530 0.47 1.89 $42.57 $88,540
Florida 1,400 0.19 0.75 $30.61 $63,680
Washington 1,120 0.40 1.59 $34.72 $72,210




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)
Maryland 3,620 1.43 5.72 $45.09 $93,780
Alaska 360 1.12 4.49 $34.92 $72,630
Montana 480 1.09 4.38 $27.09 $56,340
Wyoming 220 0.79 3.17 $29.41 $61,160
Idaho 370 0.60 2.39 $28.97 $60,260




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 270 0.41 1.64 $50.73 $105,530
Maryland 3,620 1.43 5.72 $45.09 $93,780
Virginia 670 0.19 0.74 $43.77 $91,030
Massachusetts 1,530 0.47 1.89 $42.57 $88,540
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.17 $40.72 $84,700





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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,700 4.81 19.28 $45.83 $95,330
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,490 1.16 4.64 $36.70 $76,340
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,390 1.66 6.64 $37.23 $77,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,300 0.74 2.97 $43.04 $89,530
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 1.05 4.21 $41.91 $87,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 900 0.38 1.51 $48.64 $101,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 630 0.44 1.75 $35.09 $72,980
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.48 1.94 $44.91 $93,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 2.05 $48.18 $100,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 490 0.21 0.84 $35.24 $73,290




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,700 4.81 19.28 $45.83 $95,330
Santa Fe, NM 120 2.11 8.43 $31.64 $65,800
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,390 1.66 6.64 $37.23 $77,430
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 440 1.61 6.43 $38.30 $79,650
Missoula, MT 80 1.48 5.94 $27.22 $56,610
Gainesville, FL 160 1.36 5.45 $25.10 $52,210
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,490 1.16 4.64 $36.70 $76,340
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 1.05 4.21 $41.91 $87,180
Eugene-Springfield, OR 120 0.89 3.56 $24.85 $51,690
Madison, WI 280 0.82 3.29 $35.53 $73,890




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)
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 80 0.21 0.83 $53.64 $111,580
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.23 0.91 $52.77 $109,770
Peoria, IL (8) (8) (8) $51.37 $106,850
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.33 $102,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 900 0.38 1.51 $48.64 $101,180
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 2.05 $48.18 $100,210
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,700 4.81 19.28 $45.83 $95,330
Dayton, OH 50 0.12 0.50 $45.09 $93,790
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.48 1.94 $44.91 $93,400
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $44.32 $92,180

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 2.41 9.64 $27.49 $57,180
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 5.58 $28.60 $59,480
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.16 4.63 $26.41 $54,920
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.40 9.62 $27.19 $56,540
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.84 7.36 $27.99 $58,230

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 Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 2.41 9.64 $27.49 $57,180
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.40 9.62 $27.19 $56,540
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 2.05 8.20 $35.16 $73,120
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.88 7.51 $24.66 $51,300
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.84 7.36 $27.99 $58,230

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.79 3.15 $40.80 $84,870
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 1.22 $40.08 $83,370
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 3.81 $39.18 $81,500
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 2.05 8.20 $35.16 $73,120
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.91 3.63 $34.61 $72,000


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.

(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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