Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
100,740 3.1 % $43.35 $90,160 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.75 $26.86 $38.43 $53.74 $71.25
Annual Wage (2) $43,150 $55,870 $79,930 $111,790 $148,210


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 38,060 5.99 $48.69 $101,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 22,660 0.77 $31.79 $66,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,910 0.25 $37.76 $78,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,420 2.35 $52.40 $109,000
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,860 1.55 $47.51 $98,820

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 38,060 5.99 $48.69 $101,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,420 2.35 $52.40 $109,000
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,860 1.55 $47.51 $98,820
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,880 1.17 $40.78 $84,830
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 1,640 0.86 $50.53 $105,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,100 0.06 $57.74 $120,110
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $57.12 $118,810
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 280 0.03 $52.50 $109,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,420 2.35 $52.40 $109,000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing (8) (8) $51.02 $106,120


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 22,650 1.50 2.01 $50.19 $104,400
Massachusetts 10,000 3.01 4.04 $46.38 $96,480
New York 8,250 0.94 1.26 $42.73 $88,870
Pennsylvania 5,780 1.02 1.37 $46.63 $96,980
Maryland 5,210 2.04 2.73 $42.97 $89,370




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 10,000 3.01 4.04 $46.38 $96,480
Maryland 5,210 2.04 2.73 $42.97 $89,370
California 22,650 1.50 2.01 $50.19 $104,400
Washington 4,040 1.39 1.87 $39.01 $81,140
Connecticut 2,280 1.38 1.86 $53.50 $111,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 190 0.31 0.41 $72.60 $151,010
Kansas 410 0.30 0.40 $54.17 $112,680
Connecticut 2,280 1.38 1.86 $53.50 $111,280
Oklahoma 450 0.28 0.38 $52.88 $109,990
New Jersey 2,540 0.66 0.88 $51.48 $107,090





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-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,710 4.85 6.51 $46.12 $95,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,450 1.01 1.36 $41.90 $87,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,110 1.26 1.69 $45.53 $94,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,010 3.69 4.95 $59.04 $122,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,730 2.50 3.35 $38.61 $80,310
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,490 2.64 3.54 $52.11 $108,380
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,250 1.75 2.34 $49.26 $102,470
Baltimore-Towson, MD 3,080 2.38 3.19 $37.32 $77,630
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,530 8.88 11.91 $46.24 $96,180
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,980 3.50 4.70 $51.43 $106,970




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 2,530 8.88 11.91 $46.24 $96,180
Ann Arbor, MI 1,180 5.77 7.74 $29.13 $60,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,710 4.85 6.51 $46.12 $95,940
Charlottesville, VA 370 3.82 5.12 $37.59 $78,180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,010 3.69 4.95 $59.04 $122,800
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,980 3.50 4.70 $51.43 $106,970
Athens-Clarke County, GA 210 2.67 3.59 $34.57 $71,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,490 2.64 3.54 $52.11 $108,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,730 2.50 3.35 $38.61 $80,310
Madison, WI 860 2.48 3.32 $29.96 $62,330




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)
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $103.77 $215,850
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 40 0.78 1.05 $102.07 $212,310
Boise City-Nampa, ID (8) (8) (8) $82.34 $171,270
Syracuse, NY 420 1.38 1.86 $66.14 $137,560
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 380 2.33 3.12 $62.56 $130,130
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) $59.19 $123,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,010 3.69 4.95 $59.04 $122,800
Reno-Sparks, NV 60 0.32 0.44 $56.89 $118,330
Reading, PA (8) (8) (8) $56.63 $117,790
Pine Bluff, AR 40 1.14 1.53 $56.27 $117,050

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 Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 0.40 $34.76 $72,310
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.29 $49.01 $101,950
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.38 $42.55 $88,500

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 Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 0.40 $34.76 $72,310
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.38 $42.55 $88,500
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.29 $49.01 $101,950

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.29 $49.01 $101,950
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.38 $42.55 $88,500
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 0.40 $34.76 $72,310
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.10 $60,530


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