Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
21,130 1.8 % $47.23 $98,240 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.89 $31.90 $46.70 $59.41 $73.98
Annual Wage (2) $47,620 $66,360 $97,130 $123,580 $153,880


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) 7,840 0.39 $51.74 $107,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,660 0.16 $34.54 $71,840
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,620 0.56 $54.51 $113,370
State Government (OES Designation) 1,600 0.07 $36.98 $76,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 690 0.03 $75.76 $157,580

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 3,620 0.56 $54.51 $113,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,840 0.39 $51.74 $107,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,660 0.16 $34.54 $71,840
State Government (OES Designation) 1,600 0.07 $36.98 $76,920
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 270 0.07 $44.95 $93,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 690 0.03 $75.76 $157,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.02 $56.27 $117,040
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 180 0.05 $54.90 $114,190
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,620 0.56 $54.51 $113,370
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing (8) (8) $54.01 $112,340


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 2,650 0.17 1.12 $50.38 $104,800
Michigan 1,750 0.42 2.75 $34.09 $70,910
Maryland 1,540 0.59 3.86 $58.31 $121,290
Texas 1,200 0.10 0.68 $43.66 $90,810
Virginia 1,070 0.29 1.89 $54.29 $112,930




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)
District of Columbia 550 0.81 5.32 $59.70 $124,170
Maryland 1,540 0.59 3.86 $58.31 $121,290
Michigan 1,750 0.42 2.75 $34.09 $70,910
Alaska 130 0.39 2.57 $42.53 $88,450
Indiana 970 0.33 2.15 $33.84 $70,380




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 550 0.81 5.32 $59.70 $124,170
Maryland 1,540 0.59 3.86 $58.31 $121,290
Virginia 1,070 0.29 1.89 $54.29 $112,930
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.59 $50.58 $105,220
Washington 340 0.12 0.75 $50.58 $105,200





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 1,650 0.68 4.46 $60.41 $125,660
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.74 4.85 $54.67 $113,710
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 710 1.23 8.01 $58.81 $122,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.18 1.15 $45.60 $94,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 580 0.09 0.58 $52.03 $108,210
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.18 7.70 $44.43 $92,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.10 0.66 $50.59 $105,220
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 370 0.29 1.86 $53.24 $110,740
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 300 1.05 6.84 $50.69 $105,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 0.78 $47.28 $98,340




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)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 230 1.58 10.33 $43.67 $90,830
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.27 8.31 $39.65 $82,470
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 710 1.23 8.01 $58.81 $122,330
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.18 7.70 $44.43 $92,420
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 60 1.11 7.23 $32.81 $68,240
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 300 1.05 6.84 $50.69 $105,430
Champaign-Urbana, IL 90 0.93 6.09 $32.90 $68,430
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.81 5.31 $45.92 $95,520
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.74 4.85 $54.67 $113,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.68 4.46 $60.41 $125,660




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)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 30 0.07 0.47 $60.76 $126,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.26 1.71 $60.55 $125,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.68 4.46 $60.41 $125,660
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.45 $60.41 $125,650
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 710 1.23 8.01 $58.81 $122,330
Urban Honolulu, HI 110 0.24 1.56 $57.36 $119,300
Boulder, CO 60 0.34 2.21 $54.70 $113,770
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.74 4.85 $54.67 $113,710
Huntsville, AL (8) (8) (8) $53.88 $112,080
Kennewick-Richland, WA 50 0.45 2.95 $53.27 $110,800

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 New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 1.47 9.61 $37.32 $77,620
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 3.23 $33.34 $69,340
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.53 $26.46 $55,040
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 2.13 $26.89 $55,930
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.26 $35.17 $73,160

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 New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 1.47 9.61 $37.32 $77,620
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 3.23 $33.34 $69,340
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.53 $26.46 $55,040
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 2.13 $26.89 $55,930
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.26 $35.17 $73,160

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 1.47 9.61 $37.32 $77,620
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.26 $35.17 $73,160
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 3.23 $33.34 $69,340
Southeast Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.90 $68,440
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.68 $61,740


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.

(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