Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-2021 Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.


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)
10,370 6.3 % $43.37 $90,210 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.34 $31.83 $43.18 $52.65 $63.55
Annual Wage (2) $50,630 $66,200 $89,820 $109,500 $132,180


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,880 0.14 $47.96 $99,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,530 0.39 $46.01 $95,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,670 0.06 $38.39 $79,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,140 0.17 $35.00 $72,790
Radio and Television Broadcasting 760 0.34 $44.17 $91,870

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 2,530 0.39 $46.01 $95,700
Radio and Television Broadcasting 760 0.34 $44.17 $91,870
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,140 0.17 $35.00 $72,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,880 0.14 $47.96 $99,760
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 60 0.10 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 220 0.01 $53.67 $111,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,880 0.14 $47.96 $99,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $47.58 $98,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $47.00 $97,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,530 0.39 $46.01 $95,700


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)
Colorado 1,700 0.69 9.20 $46.15 $95,990
California 860 0.06 0.74 $42.43 $88,260
Texas 780 0.07 0.89 $34.99 $72,770
Maryland 760 0.29 3.89 $51.49 $107,090
Massachusetts 530 0.16 2.08 $40.07 $83,340




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)
Colorado 1,700 0.69 9.20 $46.15 $95,990
Alaska 160 0.50 6.61 $41.52 $86,370
Montana 150 0.33 4.46 $40.34 $83,900
Maryland 760 0.29 3.89 $51.49 $107,090
Wyoming 40 0.16 2.10 $38.77 $80,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 760 0.29 3.89 $51.49 $107,090
New Jersey 100 0.03 0.36 $50.29 $104,610
Virginia 380 0.10 1.38 $49.09 $102,110
Missouri 130 0.05 0.65 $48.03 $99,900
New Mexico 130 0.16 2.17 $47.73 $99,270





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)
Boulder, CO 1,420 8.31 110.55 $46.76 $97,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 580 0.24 3.20 $53.09 $110,430
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 420 0.24 3.19 $40.68 $84,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.04 0.54 $45.02 $93,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 260 0.09 1.17 $30.16 $62,740
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.44 5.86 $53.12 $110,490
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.28 3.69 $43.27 $90,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.16 2.19 $41.01 $85,300
Fort Collins, CO 160 1.08 14.36 $42.62 $88,650
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.12 1.53 $42.72 $88,850




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)
Boulder, CO 1,420 8.31 110.55 $46.76 $97,260
Fort Collins, CO 160 1.08 14.36 $42.62 $88,650
Rapid City, SD 40 0.61 8.15 $38.40 $79,870
Huntsville, AL 100 0.49 6.47 $41.47 $86,270
Reno, NV 100 0.48 6.33 $47.68 $99,170
Billings, MT 40 0.47 6.26 $30.91 $64,290
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.44 5.86 $53.12 $110,490
Anchorage, AK 70 0.42 5.56 $45.07 $93,730
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.28 3.69 $43.27 $90,000
Tallahassee, FL 40 0.27 3.53 $29.67 $61,710




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)
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.17 2.31 $53.93 $112,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 0.03 0.44 $53.47 $111,210
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.44 5.86 $53.12 $110,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 580 0.24 3.20 $53.09 $110,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.27 $51.56 $107,250
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 0.57 $50.72 $105,510
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.62 $49.90 $103,780
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.07 0.91 $49.50 $102,960
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 0.67 $49.32 $102,580
Jacksonville, FL 30 0.05 0.65 $47.78 $99,390

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.20 15.99 $36.72 $76,390
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.74 $49.16 $102,250

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.20 15.99 $36.72 $76,390
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.74 $49.16 $102,250

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.74 $49.16 $102,250
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.20 15.99 $36.72 $76,390


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