Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-2099 Physical Scientists, All Other

All physical scientists not listed separately.


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)
23,290 3.4 % $45.65 $94,950 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.97 $29.55 $44.82 $58.73 $72.50
Annual Wage (2) $43,620 $61,460 $93,230 $122,160 $150,810


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) 8,390 0.42 $50.17 $104,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,900 0.17 $30.33 $63,090
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,780 0.60 $53.66 $111,620
State Government (OES Designation) 1,670 0.08 $36.14 $75,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 940 0.07 $43.67 $90,840

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 3,780 0.60 $53.66 $111,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,390 0.42 $50.17 $104,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,900 0.17 $30.33 $63,090
State Government (OES Designation) 1,670 0.08 $36.14 $75,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 940 0.07 $43.67 $90,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 30 (7) $64.68 $134,520
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 70 0.01 $61.85 $128,660
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 470 0.04 $61.63 $128,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises 860 0.04 $59.46 $123,670
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 200 0.05 $54.62 $113,610


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 2,300 0.16 0.89 $49.82 $103,620
Maryland 2,080 0.82 4.66 $48.44 $100,750
New Mexico 1,660 2.11 12.03 (8) (8)
Indiana 1,540 0.54 3.08 $29.39 $61,130
Texas 1,390 0.13 0.72 $43.79 $91,080




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)
New Mexico 1,660 2.11 12.03 (8) (8)
District of Columbia 690 1.03 5.87 $56.03 $116,540
Maryland 2,080 0.82 4.66 $48.44 $100,750
Indiana 1,540 0.54 3.08 $29.39 $61,130
Alaska 140 0.44 2.53 $36.94 $76,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 690 1.03 5.87 $56.03 $116,540
Tennessee (8) (8) (8) $52.07 $108,300
Massachusetts 420 0.13 0.73 $51.91 $107,980
Virginia 1,310 0.36 2.05 $51.66 $107,450
Hawaii 100 0.17 0.99 $51.55 $107,220





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,480 1.05 5.96 $50.08 $104,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.28 1.59 $52.57 $109,350
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 660 1.18 6.70 $58.92 $122,540
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 540 0.59 3.35 $28.52 $59,330
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.22 6.93 $43.40 $90,260
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 480 1.74 9.92 $43.10 $89,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.11 0.63 $49.19 $102,320
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 430 0.42 2.38 $52.02 $108,210
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 390 0.08 0.43 $54.01 $112,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD 380 0.30 1.68 $54.00 $112,320




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 480 1.74 9.92 $43.10 $89,640
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.56 8.88 $22.52 $46,850
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.22 6.93 $43.40 $90,260
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 660 1.18 6.70 $58.92 $122,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,480 1.05 5.96 $50.08 $104,180
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 130 0.61 3.47 $43.27 $90,000
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 540 0.59 3.35 $28.52 $59,330
Dayton, OH 210 0.58 3.27 $47.15 $98,070
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 70 0.51 2.89 $35.03 $72,860
Tallahassee, FL 80 0.48 2.75 $26.29 $54,680




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)
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 240 0.24 1.35 $80.18 $166,770
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 660 1.18 6.70 $58.92 $122,540
Knoxville, TN 40 0.13 0.74 $54.30 $112,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 390 0.08 0.43 $54.01 $112,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD 380 0.30 1.68 $54.00 $112,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 0.84 $53.51 $111,300
Honolulu, HI 90 0.21 1.20 $52.67 $109,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.28 1.59 $52.57 $109,350
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 430 0.42 2.38 $52.02 $108,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.25 $51.56 $107,230

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.55 8.82 $35.17 $73,160
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 2.64 $35.23 $73,270
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.95 5.41 $29.21 $60,760
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.73 (8) (8)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.20 $32.94 $68,520

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.55 8.82 $35.17 $73,160
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.95 5.41 $29.21 $60,760
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 3.08 $45.73 $95,120
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 2.64 $35.23 $73,270
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.20 $32.94 $68,520

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 3.08 $45.73 $95,120
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 2.64 $35.23 $73,270
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.55 8.82 $35.17 $73,160
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.20 $32.94 $68,520
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.95 5.41 $29.21 $60,760


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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