Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
10,850 6.6 % $42.35 $88,090 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.05 $30.52 $42.30 $51.87 $61.86
Annual Wage (2) $50,030 $63,480 $87,980 $107,890 $128,670


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 0.15 $47.73 $99,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,490 0.39 $44.94 $93,470
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,870 0.06 $38.58 $80,240
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,550 0.24 $33.30 $69,260
Radio and Television Broadcasting 680 0.31 $42.86 $89,140

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 2,490 0.39 $44.94 $93,470
Radio and Television Broadcasting 680 0.31 $42.86 $89,140
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,550 0.24 $33.30 $69,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,880 0.15 $47.73 $99,270
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 40 0.07 (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 200 0.01 $52.47 $109,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 180 0.01 $48.02 $99,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,880 0.15 $47.73 $99,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $45.03 $93,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,490 0.39 $44.94 $93,470


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 1,690 0.71 8.90 $45.45 $94,540
California 1,050 0.07 0.86 $44.25 $92,040
Maryland 930 0.36 4.54 $46.15 $96,000
Texas 800 0.07 0.89 $34.72 $72,230
New York 490 0.06 0.70 $40.24 $83,690




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 1,690 0.71 8.90 $45.45 $94,540
Alaska 140 0.43 5.41 $41.53 $86,380
Montana 170 0.38 4.73 $40.67 $84,590
Maryland 930 0.36 4.54 $46.15 $96,000
South Dakota 70 0.18 2.27 $40.02 $83,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 90 0.02 0.28 $50.31 $104,630
Virginia 410 0.11 1.42 $48.94 $101,780
Utah 100 0.08 0.94 $47.63 $99,070
Missouri 130 0.05 0.58 $47.05 $97,870
Ohio 80 0.02 0.20 $47.01 $97,780





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 1,440 8.62 107.36 $45.91 $95,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 730 0.31 3.81 $48.06 $99,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 350 0.20 2.45 $40.50 $84,250
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 290 0.51 6.37 $48.95 $101,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.94 $32.73 $68,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 210 0.07 0.93 $31.81 $66,160
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 2.09 $41.47 $86,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 170 0.24 2.95 $41.52 $86,350
Oklahoma City, OK 160 0.27 3.39 $44.61 $92,780
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 150 1.04 12.99 $42.42 $88,230




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 1,440 8.62 107.36 $45.91 $95,480
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 150 1.04 12.99 $42.42 $88,230
Rapid City, SD 50 0.79 9.90 $37.94 $78,910
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 290 0.51 6.37 $48.95 $101,810
Anchorage, AK 90 0.51 6.40 $41.54 $86,410
Reno-Sparks, NV 90 0.48 5.93 $46.27 $96,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 730 0.31 3.81 $48.06 $99,970
Asheville, NC 50 0.30 3.80 $43.60 $90,680
Tallahassee, FL 50 0.29 3.66 $29.61 $61,580
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.28 3.52 $34.08 $70,880




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.71 $53.17 $110,590
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 90 0.10 1.27 $51.84 $107,820
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 290 0.51 6.37 $48.95 $101,810
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 0.03 0.39 $48.76 $101,410
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.04 0.53 $48.73 $101,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD 80 0.06 0.73 $48.58 $101,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 730 0.31 3.81 $48.06 $99,970
Jacksonville, FL 30 0.05 0.64 $47.68 $99,170
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.20 2.45 $47.41 $98,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $47.33 $98,450


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