Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research. Practitioners who primarily provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs are included in "Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners" (29-1000).


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)
93,560 3.2 % $41.69 $86,710 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.98 $25.89 $36.87 $50.73 $68.65
Annual Wage (2) $41,560 $53,860 $76,700 $105,530 $142,800


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 34,350 5.60 $44.58 $92,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,790 0.66 $29.89 $62,180
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 11,990 4.25 $48.99 $101,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,760 0.21 $38.17 $79,390
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 2,460 1.28 $45.27 $94,170

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 34,350 5.60 $44.58 $92,720
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 11,990 4.25 $48.99 $101,900
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 2,460 1.28 $45.27 $94,170
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,150 0.94 $44.65 $92,880
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,790 0.66 $29.89 $62,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 290 0.10 $57.28 $119,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $55.19 $114,800
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $54.58 $113,530
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 230 0.03 $53.35 $110,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,820 0.18 $52.47 $109,130


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 24,260 1.73 2.35 $41.44 $86,190
Massachusetts 8,180 2.62 3.57 $43.86 $91,230
New York 6,670 0.80 1.09 $42.33 $88,040
Pennsylvania 6,470 1.18 1.60 $47.88 $99,600
North Carolina 5,480 1.45 1.97 $44.11 $91,740




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)
Massachusetts 8,180 2.62 3.57 $43.86 $91,230
California 24,260 1.73 2.35 $41.44 $86,190
Washington 4,600 1.71 2.32 $35.11 $73,040
North Carolina 5,480 1.45 1.97 $44.11 $91,740
Maryland 3,040 1.23 1.68 $50.44 $104,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 100 0.18 0.25 $55.51 $115,470
New Jersey 4,180 1.11 1.51 $55.48 $115,390
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $53.53 $111,340
Connecticut 1,830 1.14 1.55 $50.76 $105,580
West Virginia 80 0.12 0.17 $50.54 $105,130

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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,650 4.01 5.45 $43.38 $90,230
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,400 3.00 4.07 $48.89 $101,690
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 5,160 4.16 5.66 $41.59 $86,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,880 1.28 1.74 $33.66 $70,020
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,990 2.97 4.03 $35.34 $73,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,670 3.87 5.26 $42.85 $89,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,180 0.64 0.87 $45.18 $93,980
Durham, NC 2,940 11.00 14.95 $45.81 $95,280
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,750 2.89 3.92 $53.84 $111,980
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,300 1.67 2.27 $38.93 $80,970




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, NC 2,940 11.00 14.95 $45.81 $95,280
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 750 4.84 6.58 $45.11 $93,820
Madison, WI 1,400 4.34 5.90 $25.39 $52,800
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 5,160 4.16 5.66 $41.59 $86,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,650 4.01 5.45 $43.38 $90,230
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,670 3.87 5.26 $42.85 $89,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,400 3.00 4.07 $48.89 $101,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,990 2.97 4.03 $35.34 $73,510
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,750 2.89 3.92 $53.84 $111,980
New Haven, CT 700 2.66 3.62 $51.93 $108,010




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)
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 30 0.23 0.32 $95.58 $198,810
Tallahassee, FL 30 0.21 0.28 $63.23 $131,520
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) (8) (8) $61.88 $128,710
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $60.36 $125,560
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 100 0.49 0.66 $58.69 $122,070
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 980 1.02 1.38 $58.25 $121,160
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $57.07 $118,700
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $56.65 $117,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,090 2.44 3.32 $56.54 $117,600
Richmond, VA 140 0.24 0.33 $56.53 $117,580

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 350 5.72 7.77 $26.55 $55,220
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.26 $35.89 $74,660

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 350 5.72 7.77 $26.55 $55,220
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.26 $35.89 $74,660

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 Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $67.47 $140,340
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $45.76 $95,170
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.26 $35.89 $74,660
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 350 5.72 7.77 $26.55 $55,220


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:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011