Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
20,200 1.7 % $30.67 $63,800 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.97 $22.73 $29.38 $36.61 $44.15
Annual Wage (2) $37,380 $47,270 $61,110 $76,140 $91,830


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) 6,650 0.33 $36.60 $76,130
State Government (OES Designation) 4,650 0.21 $26.78 $55,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,590 0.09 $24.97 $51,930
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,070 1.03 $30.73 $63,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.05 $32.74 $68,100

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 2,070 1.03 $30.73 $63,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,650 0.33 $36.60 $76,130
State Government (OES Designation) 4,650 0.21 $26.78 $55,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,590 0.09 $24.97 $51,930
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.07 $28.83 $59,980

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 300 0.05 $40.85 $84,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,650 0.33 $36.60 $76,130
Employment Services 90 (7) $34.47 $71,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 180 0.01 $33.81 $70,330
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.05 $32.74 $68,100


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 1,740 0.15 1.03 $26.90 $55,960
California 1,180 0.08 0.52 $37.73 $78,490
Washington 1,080 0.36 2.47 $27.75 $57,730
Colorado 1,060 0.43 2.96 $33.49 $69,670
Minnesota 830 0.30 2.05 $31.03 $64,530




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 540 1.20 8.18 $29.09 $60,510
South Dakota 290 0.71 4.82 $27.95 $58,130
Wyoming 170 0.59 4.05 $31.47 $65,450
North Dakota 250 0.57 3.87 $31.02 $64,520
Idaho 340 0.54 3.66 $30.68 $63,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 170 0.51 3.50 $43.38 $90,220
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $39.75 $82,690
New Jersey 300 0.08 0.52 $39.03 $81,190
California 1,180 0.08 0.52 $37.73 $78,490
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.20 $37.27 $77,520





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 560 0.23 1.59 $38.16 $79,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.25 1.68 $30.39 $63,200
Fort Collins, CO 450 3.11 21.25 $33.17 $68,990
Austin-Round Rock, TX 440 0.47 3.20 $27.18 $56,540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 410 0.38 2.59 $35.10 $73,000
Baton Rouge, LA 350 0.89 6.07 $28.68 $59,660
Madison, WI 330 0.88 6.00 $31.03 $64,540
Jackson, MS 270 1.04 7.09 $24.88 $51,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 250 0.10 0.69 $29.20 $60,730
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 240 2.35 16.07 $29.53 $61,420




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, CO 450 3.11 21.25 $33.17 $68,990
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 240 2.35 16.07 $29.53 $61,420
Corvallis, OR 80 2.26 15.45 $40.47 $84,190
Flagstaff, AZ 90 1.49 10.18 $28.67 $59,630
Longview, WA 40 1.04 7.09 $21.60 $44,920
Logan, UT-ID 50 1.04 7.12 $27.84 $57,910
Jackson, MS 270 1.04 7.09 $24.88 $51,740
Missoula, MT 60 0.97 6.62 $33.03 $68,690
Baton Rouge, LA 350 0.89 6.07 $28.68 $59,660
Madison, WI 330 0.88 6.00 $31.03 $64,540