Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other

All biological 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)
31,080 2.8 % $36.64 $76,220 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.14 $27.55 $34.95 $41.99 $54.04
Annual Wage (2) $41,890 $57,310 $72,700 $87,350 $112,400


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) 16,770 0.82 $36.49 $75,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,820 0.17 $31.31 $65,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,190 0.67 $43.56 $90,600
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,100 0.41 $37.39 $77,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 670 0.05 $31.25 $64,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,770 0.82 $36.49 $75,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,190 0.67 $43.56 $90,600
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,100 0.41 $37.39 $77,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,820 0.17 $31.31 $65,130
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 510 0.13 $37.44 $77,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 110 (7) $57.41 $119,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 640 0.06 $45.26 $94,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,190 0.67 $43.56 $90,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises 230 0.01 $41.28 $85,850
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 80 0.03 $39.22 $81,570


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 6,110 0.43 1.79 $38.66 $80,400
Maryland 3,640 1.45 6.07 $44.83 $93,250
Florida 1,320 0.18 0.76 $30.12 $62,660
Washington 1,310 0.47 1.99 $34.59 $71,940
Texas 1,120 0.11 0.45 $37.47 $77,930




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)
Maryland 3,640 1.45 6.07 $44.83 $93,250
Alaska 400 1.24 5.21 $35.99 $74,850
Montana 430 0.99 4.13 $29.18 $60,700
Wyoming 240 0.88 3.68 $29.61 $61,600
Oregon 890 0.55 2.31 $32.44 $67,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,050 0.33 1.38 $51.32 $106,760
District of Columbia 310 0.47 1.96 $48.12 $100,090
Maryland 3,640 1.45 6.07 $44.83 $93,250
Indiana 300 0.11 0.45 $43.28 $90,010
Virginia 740 0.21 0.87 $40.31 $83,840





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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,750 4.91 20.59 $45.42 $94,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,390 1.11 4.63 $36.87 $76,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 880 0.38 1.57 $48.08 $100,000
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 850 0.50 2.09 $52.14 $108,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 810 0.57 2.40 $34.32 $71,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.63 2.63 $40.06 $83,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 600 0.67 2.82 $42.64 $88,700
Baltimore-Towson, MD 600 0.48 2.00 $43.66 $90,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 520 0.23 0.96 $34.31 $71,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.23 0.95 $31.83 $66,210




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,750 4.91 20.59 $45.42 $94,470
Corvallis, OR 70 2.19 9.18 $28.81 $59,920
Fairbanks, AK 70 2.00 8.40 $34.06 $70,850
Flagstaff, AZ 110 1.90 7.98 $27.09 $56,350
Boulder, CO 270 1.69 7.10 $36.22 $75,330
Missoula, MT 80 1.39 5.81 $28.60 $59,480
Gainesville, FL 130 1.13 4.73 $25.43 $52,880
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,390 1.11 4.63 $36.87 $76,690
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 140 1.05 4.41 $36.62 $76,160
Lawrence, KS 50 1.02 4.26 $15.37 $31,960




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 Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.20 0.82 $71.49 $148,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 850 0.50 2.09 $52.14 $108,450
Dayton, OH 40 0.11 0.45 $48.80 $101,510
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 130 0.15 0.62 $48.33 $100,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 880 0.38 1.57 $48.08 $100,000
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 110 0.13 0.54 $46.34 $96,390
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,750 4.91 20.59 $45.42 $94,470
Colorado Springs, CO (8) (8) (8) $43.74 $90,990
Baltimore-Towson, MD 600 0.48 2.00 $43.66 $90,810
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 160 0.43 1.82 $43.56 $90,610

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.68 2.86 $43.16 $89,780
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 2.38 9.99 $28.32 $58,900
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.32 5.52 $29.91 $62,210
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.28 9.58 $28.56 $59,410
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 4.27 $29.10 $60,540

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 2.38 9.99 $28.32 $58,900
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.28 9.58 $28.56 $59,410
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.99 8.36 $36.20 $75,290
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.85 7.77 $25.28 $52,580
South Western Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 1.70 7.13 $27.54 $57,280

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.68 2.86 $43.16 $89,780
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.76 3.20 $40.94 $85,150
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.30 $40.58 $84,410
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 4.08 $38.52 $80,130
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.99 8.36 $36.20 $75,290


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