Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


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)
13,680 4.5 % $30.84 $64,140 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.30 $20.75 $27.92 $38.03 $51.23
Annual Wage (2) $33,900 $43,170 $58,070 $79,100 $106,550


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,820 0.09 $37.07 $77,110
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,690 0.27 $36.13 $75,160
Other Food Manufacturing 1,450 0.83 $31.74 $66,010
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,240 2.08 $28.30 $58,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,210 0.04 $25.19 $52,390

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,240 2.08 $28.30 $58,860
Animal Food Manufacturing 470 0.89 $29.86 $62,100
Other Food Manufacturing 1,450 0.83 $31.74 $66,010
Dairy Product Manufacturing 990 0.75 $27.18 $56,530
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 800 0.48 $28.59 $59,460

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) 100 (7) $44.16 $91,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,820 0.09 $37.07 $77,110
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,690 0.27 $36.13 $75,160
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.03 $34.97 $72,730
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 640 0.06 $34.89 $72,580


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 2,080 0.15 1.39 $31.27 $65,040
Minnesota 1,360 0.51 4.90 $34.23 $71,190
Texas 1,050 0.10 0.95 $30.54 $63,530
Wisconsin 780 0.29 2.79 $32.17 $66,920
Georgia 670 0.17 1.66 $24.92 $51,830




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)
Minnesota 1,360 0.51 4.90 $34.23 $71,190
Wisconsin 780 0.29 2.79 $32.17 $66,920
North Dakota 110 0.26 2.49 $28.16 $58,580
Iowa 350 0.24 2.28 $29.02 $60,350
Arkansas 250 0.22 2.07 $32.79 $68,190




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 80 0.12 1.16 $37.76 $78,540
Massachusetts 190 0.06 0.58 $37.26 $77,500
Maryland 180 0.07 0.67 $34.85 $72,490
Colorado 60 0.03 0.28 $34.70 $72,170
New Jersey 450 0.12 1.13 $34.68 $72,140





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,240 0.71 6.74 $34.40 $71,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.11 1.08 $28.92 $60,150
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 340 0.27 2.55 $28.95 $60,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 330 0.15 1.41 $24.49 $50,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 310 0.06 0.58 $36.48 $75,880
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.24 2.30 $35.73 $74,310
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.74 $34.71 $72,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.13 1.26 $35.20 $73,210
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 270 0.33 3.14 $40.93 $85,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 2.59 $37.93 $78,900




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 210 1.04 9.88 $33.63 $69,950
St. Joseph, MO-KS 50 0.90 8.56 $25.76 $53,570
Manhattan, KS 40 0.80 7.61 $28.06 $58,360
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 70 0.73 6.94 $20.32 $42,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,240 0.71 6.74 $34.40 $71,550
Fargo, ND-MN 80 0.60 5.75 $28.87 $60,040
Visalia-Porterville, CA 80 0.58 5.54 $26.90 $55,940
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 30 0.54 5.13 $31.93 $66,400
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.46 4.34 $27.58 $57,360
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 140 0.44 4.19 $31.43 $65,370




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)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $69.20 $143,940
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 0.56 $43.44 $90,350
Salinas, CA 30 0.22 2.07 $42.97 $89,370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 270 0.33 3.14 $40.93 $85,130
Stockton, CA 70 0.38 3.60 $39.44 $82,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.51 $39.30 $81,740
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 2.59 $37.93 $78,900
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 230 0.23 2.20 $37.93 $78,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 0.50 $37.84 $78,700
Columbus, OH 160 0.17 1.66 $37.73 $78,490

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 5.69 $24.36 $50,670
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 2.93 $22.87 $47,570
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.21 2.01 $25.08 $52,160
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 5.05 $30.25 $62,930
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.78 $29.68 $61,740

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 5.69 $24.36 $50,670
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 5.05 $30.25 $62,930
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 3.07 $24.20 $50,340
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 2.93 $22.87 $47,570
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.93 $25.50 $53,040

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.46 $34.51 $71,780
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 5.05 $30.25 $62,930
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.78 $29.68 $61,740
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.16 $29.29 $60,920
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.69 $29.23 $60,810


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013