Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
104,280 2.8 % $43.38 $90,230 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.59 $26.72 $38.39 $52.98 $71.78
Annual Wage (2) $42,830 $55,580 $79,840 $110,200 $149,310


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 39,270 6.21 $48.28 $100,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 22,650 0.77 $31.50 $65,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,620 0.26 $37.30 $77,590
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,140 2.93 $51.60 $107,330
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,440 1.83 $47.80 $99,420

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 39,270 6.21 $48.28 $100,430
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,140 2.93 $51.60 $107,330
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,440 1.83 $47.80 $99,420
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 1,760 0.93 $49.98 $103,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 22,650 0.77 $31.50 $65,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 60 0.01 $57.09 $118,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $56.60 $117,730
Offices of Physicians 3,580 0.15 $56.01 $116,510
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 (7) $54.85 $114,080
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,140 2.93 $51.60 $107,330


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 26,800 1.82 2.32 $48.33 $100,530
Massachusetts 9,270 2.84 3.62 $47.07 $97,900
New York 7,100 0.82 1.05 $41.85 $87,050
Pennsylvania 6,680 1.19 1.51 $46.11 $95,920
Texas 5,920 0.54 0.69 $32.48 $67,550




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 9,270 2.84 3.62 $47.07 $97,900
Maryland 4,730 1.87 2.37 $43.54 $90,560
California 26,800 1.82 2.32 $48.33 $100,530
Washington 4,180 1.48 1.88 $38.20 $79,450
North Carolina 5,380 1.36 1.73 $46.15 $95,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 200 0.33 0.43 $69.99 $145,570
Montana 260 0.60 0.76 $65.79 $136,840
Oklahoma 450 0.29 0.37 $59.82 $124,430
Connecticut 2,200 1.35 1.71 $57.83 $120,300
Illinois 2,190 0.38 0.49 $55.83 $116,130





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 8,040 4.60 5.85 $47.92 $99,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,630 1.42 1.80 $44.84 $93,270
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 4,900 3.80 4.83 $45.50 $94,640
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,810 0.92 1.17 $41.25 $85,800
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,670 4.47 5.68 $55.59 $115,620
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,930 2.13 2.71 $48.49 $100,850
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,660 2.53 3.21 $37.71 $78,450
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 2,720 9.84 12.51 $44.00 $91,520
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 2,500 2.49 3.17 $48.67 $101,240
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,360 1.84 2.34 $36.61 $76,160




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 2,720 9.84 12.51 $44.00 $91,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,040 4.60 5.85 $47.92 $99,680
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,670 4.47 5.68 $55.59 $115,620
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,210 3.94 5.01 $50.56 $105,170
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 4,900 3.80 4.83 $45.50 $94,640
Ann Arbor, MI 700 3.47 4.42 $30.23 $62,880
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,310 2.76 3.50 $44.97 $93,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,660 2.53 3.21 $37.71 $78,450
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 2,500 2.49 3.17 $48.67 $101,240
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 290 2.28 2.89 $38.59 $80,270




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) $113.39 $235,850
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 370 0.53 0.67 $88.95 $185,020
Boise City-Nampa, ID 160 0.58 0.74 $79.85 $166,080
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $63.31 $131,680
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 120 0.11 0.14 $60.21 $125,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,910 2.06 2.62 $59.28 $123,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.39 0.49 $59.18 $123,090
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 270 1.69 2.16 $55.91 $116,290
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 260 2.09 2.66 $55.65 $115,740
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,670 4.47 5.68 $55.59 $115,620

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.60 0.77 $37.83 $78,680
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 0.60 $33.26 $69,180
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.43 $49.93 $103,860

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.60 0.77 $37.83 $78,680
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 0.60 $33.26 $69,180
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.43 $49.93 $103,860

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 50 0.34 0.43 $49.93 $103,860
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.60 0.77 $37.83 $78,680
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 0.60 $33.26 $69,180


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.

(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 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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