Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1031 Conservation Scientists

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).


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)
18,880 1.5 % $29.42 $61,200 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.33 $21.71 $28.51 $35.86 $43.00
Annual Wage (2) $36,050 $45,150 $59,310 $74,590 $89,440


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) 6,890 0.34 $35.27 $73,360
State Government (OES Designation) 4,970 0.22 $24.78 $51,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,500 0.06 $25.58 $53,210
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,600 0.85 $26.78 $55,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 690 0.07 $31.68 $65,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,600 0.85 $26.78 $55,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,890 0.34 $35.27 $73,360
State Government (OES Designation) 4,970 0.22 $24.78 $51,540
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 120 0.09 $25.12 $52,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 690 0.07 $31.68 $65,900

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) 6,890 0.34 $35.27 $73,360
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $34.83 $72,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 690 0.07 $31.68 $65,900
Civic and Social Organizations 40 0.01 $30.62 $63,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 220 0.02 $27.64 $57,480


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)
Texas 1,760 0.18 1.18 $26.02 $54,110
California 1,710 0.12 0.82 $33.98 $70,680
Pennsylvania 1,010 0.19 1.25 $20.79 $43,250
Colorado 960 0.44 2.99 $30.00 $62,410
Minnesota 820 0.32 2.15 $28.62 $59,530




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)
Montana 460 1.08 7.27 $29.01 $60,340
South Dakota 280 0.72 4.81 $27.55 $57,300
Alaska 210 0.68 4.56 $38.24 $79,530
Wyoming 170 0.64 4.31 $29.31 $60,960
Mississippi 580 0.54 3.63 $25.94 $53,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.68 4.56 $38.24 $79,530
Florida (8) (8) (8) $37.45 $77,900
West Virginia 70 0.10 0.69 $36.91 $76,770
District of Columbia 160 0.26 1.74 $35.99 $74,860
New Hampshire 50 0.09 0.61 $35.68 $74,220

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 500 0.22 1.46 $36.39 $75,680
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 410 0.50 3.36 $33.84 $70,390
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 320 0.19 1.31 $24.49 $50,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.18 1.20 $30.85 $64,170
Madison, WI 250 0.78 5.26 $31.59 $65,700
Baltimore-Towson, MD 250 0.20 1.37 $30.15 $62,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 240 0.10 0.65 $26.07 $54,230
Jackson, MS 220 0.90 6.07 $24.61 $51,180
Denver-Aurora, CO 210 0.18 1.18 $33.18 $69,010
Olympia, WA 180 1.91 12.83 $31.63 $65,790




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)
Olympia, WA 180 1.91 12.83 $31.63 $65,790
Missoula, MT 90 1.63 11.00 $32.66 $67,930
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.28 8.63 $26.04 $54,160
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 1.01 6.79 $26.23 $54,560
Jackson, MS 220 0.90 6.07 $24.61 $51,180
Anchorage, AK 140 0.82 5.51 $39.71 $82,590
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.80 5.39 $26.09 $54,270
Madison, WI 250 0.78 5.26 $31.59 $65,700
Flagstaff, AZ 40 0.77 5.20 $30.66 $63,780
Columbia, MO 60 0.72 4.84 $29.58 $61,530




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)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 0.73 $51.36 $106,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.11 0.75 $42.93 $89,300
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.11 0.71 $42.77 $88,970
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.16 1.09 $40.79 $84,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 100 0.08 0.53 $39.72 $82,630
Anchorage, AK 140 0.82 5.51 $39.71 $82,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.12 $38.80 $80,700
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 160 0.16 1.09 $38.32 $79,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.18 1.23 $37.46 $77,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30 0.11 0.71 $37.27 $77,510

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 150 1.26 8.45 $27.70 $57,620
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.62 4.14 $27.44 $57,070
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 8.47 $27.23 $56,640
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.25 8.43 $26.97 $56,090
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.72 4.85 $29.40 $61,150

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)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.73 18.37 $29.43 $61,210
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.35 15.82 $24.95 $51,900
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 2.01 13.51 $27.47 $57,130
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.80 12.09 $27.90 $58,020
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.65 11.09 $31.47 $65,460

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)
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.68 $34.19 $71,110
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.62 $33.99 $70,700
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.39 $33.42 $69,510
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.33 2.19 $32.96 $68,560
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 2.43 $32.36 $67,300


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

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011