Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


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)
17,440 2.2 % $29.64 $61,660 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.14 $21.85 $27.61 $34.95 $44.93
Annual Wage (2) $35,660 $45,460 $57,430 $72,700 $93,450


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)
State Government (OES Designation) 6,330 0.28 $25.53 $53,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,570 0.22 $37.03 $77,030
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,480 0.15 $26.51 $55,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,470 0.24 $34.81 $72,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 870 0.02 $28.23 $58,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 770 0.60 $23.62 $49,130
State Government (OES Designation) 6,330 0.28 $25.53 $53,100
Social Advocacy Organizations 480 0.25 $23.79 $49,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,470 0.24 $34.81 $72,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,570 0.22 $37.03 $77,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,570 0.22 $37.03 $77,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,470 0.24 $34.81 $72,410
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 380 0.03 $32.72 $68,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 870 0.02 $28.23 $58,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,480 0.15 $26.51 $55,130


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 1,900 0.14 0.99 $33.90 $70,520
Washington 1,860 0.69 5.04 $31.63 $65,790
Florida 1,390 0.20 1.43 $24.59 $51,160
Oregon 1,300 0.83 6.02 $31.24 $64,990
Alaska 790 2.57 18.75 $30.72 $63,890




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)
Alaska 790 2.57 18.75 $30.72 $63,890
Wyoming 320 1.18 8.58 $26.15 $54,400
Idaho 540 0.90 6.58 $30.42 $63,280
Oregon 1,300 0.83 6.02 $31.24 $64,990
Montana 310 0.72 5.27 $27.99 $58,230




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 100 0.16 1.18 $51.22 $106,540
Maryland 210 0.09 0.63 $46.81 $97,370
Massachusetts 500 0.16 1.17 $42.57 $88,550
Hawaii 180 0.32 2.35 $35.92 $74,700
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.37 $35.16 $73,140

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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 900 0.67 4.86 $33.49 $69,650
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 640 0.67 4.85 $34.11 $70,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 330 0.27 1.94 $30.88 $64,220
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 21.58 $55.37 $115,160
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 260 0.24 1.72 $21.58 $44,890
Boise City-Nampa, ID 260 1.00 7.28 $33.53 $69,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.74 $46.25 $96,200
Anchorage, AK 220 1.31 9.55 $29.58 $61,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 210 0.09 0.63 $19.17 $39,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.13 0.92 $25.99 $54,060




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)
Corvallis, OR 180 5.51 40.13 $26.06 $54,200
Fairbanks, AK 130 3.74 27.25 $30.79 $64,040
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 21.58 $55.37 $115,160
Lewiston, ID-WA 60 2.72 19.84 $23.97 $49,860
Olympia, WA 200 2.15 15.66 $30.47 $63,380
Wenatchee, WA 60 1.55 11.26 $30.38 $63,200
Anchorage, AK 220 1.31 9.55 $29.58 $61,520
Gainesville, FL 150 1.28 9.33 $25.31 $52,640
Flagstaff, AZ 70 1.24 9.02 $25.84 $53,750
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.23 8.93 $27.37 $56,930




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)
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 21.58 $55.37 $115,160
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 100 0.18 1.28 $50.60 $105,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.74 $46.25 $96,200
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $44.79 $93,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $41.48 $86,290
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.20 1.42 $38.79 $80,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.46 $80,000
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.31 $37.46 $77,910
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 50 0.43 3.16 $37.30 $77,580
Honolulu, HI 160 0.37 2.71 $36.63 $76,200

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 230 1.90 13.83 $29.45 $61,250
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.64 48.41 $32.45 $67,500
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.09 22.52 $29.99 $62,370
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.25 16.42 $31.93 $66,420
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 130 1.40 10.22 $30.02 $62,430

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 230 6.64 48.41 $32.45 $67,500
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.09 22.52 $29.99 $62,370
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.47 18.01 $28.07 $58,380
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.25 16.42 $31.93 $66,420
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 230 1.90 13.83 $29.45 $61,250

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.73 $74,310
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.05 $68,750
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.10 7.99 $32.91 $68,450
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.81 $32.79 $68,210
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.64 48.41 $32.45 $67,500


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011