Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-1031 Conservation Scientists

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).


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)
19,210 1.7 % $30.97 $64,420 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.27 $23.03 $29.74 $36.75 $44.42
Annual Wage (2) $38,000 $47,910 $61,860 $76,440 $92,400


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) 6,690 0.34 $36.25 $75,400
State Government (OES Designation) 4,810 0.22 $26.52 $55,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,470 0.07 $25.83 $53,740
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,850 0.92 $30.48 $63,390
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 740 0.03 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,850 0.92 $30.48 $63,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,690 0.34 $36.25 $75,400
State Government (OES Designation) 4,810 0.22 $26.52 $55,160
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.08 $31.77 $66,080
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,470 0.07 $25.83 $53,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 310 0.05 $39.03 $81,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 310 0.02 $37.82 $78,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,690 0.34 $36.25 $75,400
Employment Services 90 (7) $36.10 $75,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.05 $32.70 $68,010


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)
Texas 1,690 0.15 1.06 $26.69 $55,510
California 1,400 0.09 0.65 $36.61 $76,140
Washington 1,100 0.38 2.67 $27.75 $57,720
Colorado 1,070 0.45 3.19 $33.03 $68,690
Wisconsin 740 0.27 1.91 $31.20 $64,890




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)
Montana 500 1.13 7.92 $29.49 $61,340
South Dakota 280 0.69 4.89 $27.80 $57,820
Wyoming 180 0.63 4.46 $30.18 $62,780
Mississippi 550 0.50 3.54 $26.05 $54,190
North Dakota 210 0.47 3.29 $31.15 $64,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 140 0.43 3.01 $43.96 $91,440
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.29 $41.81 $86,970
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.80 $38.94 $80,990
District of Columbia 200 0.29 2.05 $38.75 $80,610
New Jersey 250 0.07 0.46 $38.23 $79,520





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 480 0.20 1.43 $38.16 $79,360
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 430 3.09 21.71 $33.47 $69,620
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 410 0.46 3.26 $26.96 $56,070
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 340 0.39 2.77 $33.66 $70,020
Baton Rouge, LA 340 0.88 6.18 $27.87 $57,980
Madison, WI 300 0.86 6.06 $30.70 $63,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.16 1.11 $32.58 $67,770
Jackson, MS 260 1.04 7.34 $25.41 $52,850
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 250 0.14 1.00 $26.59 $55,300
Olympia, WA 240 2.48 17.42 $29.72 $61,810




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)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 430 3.09 21.71 $33.47 $69,620
Olympia, WA 240 2.48 17.42 $29.72 $61,810
Corvallis, OR 80 2.35 16.53 $38.38 $79,840
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.66 11.71 $24.49 $50,930
Missoula, MT 70 1.28 9.02 $28.91 $60,130
Flagstaff, AZ 70 1.17 8.22 $30.50 $63,450
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.16 8.17 $26.10 $54,290
Jackson, MS 260 1.04 7.34 $25.41 $52,850
Longview, WA 30 0.89 6.25 $22.26 $46,290
Baton Rouge, LA 340 0.88 6.18 $27.87 $57,980




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 50 0.08 0.59 $51.30 $106,710
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $48.10 $100,050
Anchorage, AK 70 0.38 2.70 $46.35 $96,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.50 $46.30 $96,310
Springfield, MA-CT 40 0.14 0.98 $45.98 $95,640
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 30 0.03 0.19 $45.15 $93,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 80 0.06 0.44 $43.94 $91,400
Napa, CA 30 0.45 3.19 $43.93 $91,370
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.17 1.21 $42.73 $88,870
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.18 1.29 $42.26 $87,900

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.42 9.97 $29.64 $61,640
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 2.35 16.54 $22.19 $46,150
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.51 3.58 $29.69 $61,760
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 2.01 14.14 $26.67 $55,470
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.30 2.09 $32.80 $68,220

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)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 2.35 16.54 $22.19 $46,150
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.34 16.49 $26.89 $55,930
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.30 16.16 $25.92 $53,910
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.23 15.68 $26.33 $54,760
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 2.01 14.14 $26.67 $55,470

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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 5.82 $39.36 $81,860
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 2.42 $38.96 $81,040
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 2.04 $36.02 $74,910
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.16 $35.97 $74,810
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 2.13 $35.42 $73,670


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015