Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
18,460 1.7 % $30.57 $63,590 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.44 $22.81 $29.38 $36.02 $43.69
Annual Wage (2) $38,350 $47,450 $61,100 $74,930 $90,870


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) 6,980 0.34 $35.62 $74,080
State Government (OES Designation) 4,380 0.20 $25.97 $54,010
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,130 0.06 $26.50 $55,110
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,880 0.96 $27.55 $57,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.06 $32.53 $67,670

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 1,880 0.96 $27.55 $57,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,980 0.34 $35.62 $74,080
State Government (OES Designation) 4,380 0.20 $25.97 $54,010
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 130 0.10 $29.44 $61,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,130 0.06 $26.50 $55,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 270 0.04 $37.90 $78,840
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 350 0.03 $36.27 $75,430
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,980 0.34 $35.62 $74,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 610 0.06 $32.53 $67,670
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 130 0.10 $29.44 $61,230


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 1,740 0.16 1.16 $26.91 $55,970
California 1,510 0.11 0.75 $35.42 $73,670
Colorado 1,060 0.48 3.36 $29.87 $62,140
Minnesota 740 0.28 1.99 $29.21 $60,750
Wisconsin 730 0.27 1.93 $30.35 $63,130




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 520 1.20 8.49 $29.17 $60,670
Wyoming 210 0.75 5.31 $27.86 $57,950
South Dakota 280 0.70 4.92 $28.02 $58,290
Alaska 180 0.55 3.89 $42.91 $89,250
Mississippi 530 0.49 3.45 $25.95 $53,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 180 0.55 3.89 $42.91 $89,250
Connecticut 90 0.06 0.41 $39.07 $81,270
District of Columbia 160 0.25 1.76 $38.97 $81,050
Louisiana 210 0.11 0.78 $36.66 $76,250
New Hampshire 40 0.07 0.49 $36.58 $76,090





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 450 0.19 1.37 $38.24 $79,540
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 400 0.50 3.50 $26.83 $55,810
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 400 0.49 3.46 $35.16 $73,140
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 380 2.87 20.26 $31.25 $65,010
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 300 0.24 1.69 $28.34 $58,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 290 0.17 1.21 $26.85 $55,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 260 0.15 1.05 $31.44 $65,390
Madison, WI 250 0.75 5.29 $31.79 $66,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 230 0.09 0.61 $26.49 $55,110
Jackson, MS 220 0.87 6.14 $25.95 $53,980




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)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 380 2.87 20.26 $31.25 $65,010
Corvallis, OR 80 2.42 17.08 $37.52 $78,040
Missoula, MT 110 1.97 13.87 $31.28 $65,060
Olympia, WA 180 1.96 13.86 $31.23 $64,960
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.27 8.99 $29.58 $61,530
Flagstaff, AZ 50 0.91 6.43 $31.11 $64,710
Jackson, MS 220 0.87 6.14 $25.95 $53,980
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 30 0.79 5.55 $23.37 $48,600
Grand Junction, CO 40 0.77 5.46 $28.38 $59,040
Madison, WI 250 0.75 5.29 $31.79 $66,120




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-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.15 1.06 $47.79 $99,400
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.17 1.18 $45.42 $94,470
Anchorage, AK 90 0.52 3.66 $44.83 $93,240
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.15 1.08 $44.61 $92,780
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $44.07 $91,660
Lafayette, LA 40 0.26 1.82 $41.73 $86,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.17 1.23 $41.38 $86,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.68 $41.07 $85,430
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.63 $40.15 $83,510
Albuquerque, NM 60 0.17 1.17 $39.64 $82,460

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.50 10.56 $27.43 $57,050
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 3.09 $28.73 $59,760
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.58 4.09 $28.70 $59,690
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 3.73 $28.07 $58,390
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.43 3.05 $22.46 $46,710

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)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.36 16.65 $27.13 $56,440
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.34 16.49 $26.30 $54,710
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.95 13.74 $27.73 $57,670
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.83 12.89 $26.56 $55,240
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.50 10.56 $27.43 $57,050

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 4.56 $38.37 $79,800
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.65 $35.31 $73,450
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.75 $34.29 $71,330
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 4.18 $34.29 $71,330
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.16 $33.43 $69,540


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.

(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