Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research. Practitioners who primarily provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs are included in "Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners" (29-1000).


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)
104,440 3.3 % $45.06 $93,730 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.40 $27.71 $39.54 $55.98 $74.60
Annual Wage (2) $44,510 $57,640 $82,240 $116,430 $155,180


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 40,460 6.25 $50.15 $104,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 21,890 0.73 $32.17 $66,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 14,870 0.28 $41.75 $86,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,850 2.08 $55.02 $114,430
Offices of Physicians 4,140 0.16 $48.26 $100,370

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 40,460 6.25 $50.15 $104,310
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,850 2.08 $55.02 $114,430
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,610 1.42 $47.67 $99,150
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,890 1.16 $43.09 $89,630
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 21,890 0.73 $32.17 $66,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 140 0.02 $84.29 $175,320
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $60.75 $126,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,120 0.06 $58.11 $120,880
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,850 2.08 $55.02 $114,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 340 0.02 $54.07 $112,460


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 22,940 1.48 1.95 $53.07 $110,390
Massachusetts 9,610 2.83 3.73 $44.09 $91,700
New York 9,160 1.02 1.35 $44.95 $93,500
Pennsylvania 6,840 1.20 1.58 $45.43 $94,500
Maryland 4,900 1.89 2.49 $49.70 $103,380




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)
Massachusetts 9,610 2.83 3.73 $44.09 $91,700
Maryland 4,900 1.89 2.49 $49.70 $103,380
Connecticut 2,700 1.63 2.15 $57.06 $118,690
California 22,940 1.48 1.95 $53.07 $110,390
Washington 4,190 1.41 1.86 $38.44 $79,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,700 1.63 2.15 $57.06 $118,690
California 22,940 1.48 1.95 $53.07 $110,390
New Jersey 3,840 0.98 1.30 $51.77 $107,680
Kansas 480 0.35 0.46 $50.75 $105,550
Maine 160 0.27 0.36 $50.01 $104,020





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 8,390 4.76 6.29 $43.02 $89,470
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,890 0.91 1.20 $43.03 $89,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.10 1.46 $42.11 $87,590
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,460 4.38 5.78 $60.18 $125,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,840 2.50 3.30 $37.90 $78,840
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,210 2.37 3.13 $57.77 $120,150
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,120 2.38 3.14 $46.79 $97,330
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 3,050 3.02 3.98 $48.95 $101,820
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,030 7.04 9.29 $47.81 $99,440
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,730 1.13 1.50 $49.87 $103,730




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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,030 7.04 9.29 $47.81 $99,440
Ann Arbor, MI 1,190 5.68 7.49 $29.44 $61,240
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 8,390 4.76 6.29 $43.02 $89,470
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,460 4.38 5.78 $60.18 $125,170
Charlottesville, VA 360 3.42 4.51 $38.25 $79,560
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 3,050 3.02 3.98 $48.95 $101,820
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,650 2.87 3.80 $53.57 $111,420
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 470 2.73 3.60 $63.72 $132,540
Athens-Clarke County, GA 200 2.55 3.37 $35.44 $73,710
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 750 2.52 3.33 $58.99 $122,700




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)
Texarkana, TX-AR 40 0.73 0.96 $99.91 $207,820
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 100 0.53 0.69 $71.75 $149,250
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $67.56 $140,520
Burlington-South Burlington, VT (8) (8) (8) $64.40 $133,960
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 470 2.73 3.60 $63.72 $132,540
New Haven, CT 220 0.80 1.05 $63.70 $132,500
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $63.34 $131,750
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,460 4.38 5.78 $60.18 $125,170
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) $59.27 $123,290
Reading, PA (8) (8) (8) $59.04 $122,810

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 400 6.25 8.25 $30.16 $62,730
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.26 $31.93 $66,410
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.13 0.18 $42.57 $88,540
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.23 (8) (8)

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 400 6.25 8.25 $30.16 $62,730
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.26 $31.93 $66,410
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.23 (8) (8)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.13 0.18 $42.57 $88,540

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.13 0.18 $42.57 $88,540
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.26 $31.93 $66,410
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 400 6.25 8.25 $30.16 $62,730


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016