Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1041 Epidemiologists

Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.


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)
4,850 4.4 % $34.33 $71,400 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.49 $24.63 $31.38 $40.43 $52.08
Annual Wage (2) $42,620 $51,230 $65,270 $84,100 $108,320


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)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,500 0.07 $29.73 $61,850
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,080 0.02 $29.99 $62,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 780 0.01 $38.52 $80,120
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 370 0.01 $33.59 $69,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 310 0.05 $47.36 $98,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,500 0.07 $29.73 $61,850
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 180 0.07 (8) (8)
Scientific Research and Development Services 310 0.05 $47.36 $98,510
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.03 $38.14 $79,320
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,080 0.02 $29.99 $62,380

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 310 0.05 $47.36 $98,510
Insurance Carriers 30 (7) $39.20 $81,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 780 0.01 $38.52 $80,120
Outpatient Care Centers 50 0.01 $38.15 $79,360
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.03 $38.14 $79,320


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 700 0.05 1.32 $39.13 $81,380
Massachusetts 420 0.13 3.49 $46.21 $96,120
Texas 310 0.03 0.80 $29.04 $60,410
Maryland 280 0.11 2.99 $34.91 $72,610
Washington 270 0.10 2.63 $36.30 $75,510




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 420 0.13 3.49 $46.21 $96,120
Maryland 280 0.11 2.99 $34.91 $72,610
Washington 270 0.10 2.63 $36.30 $75,510
West Virginia 50 0.08 2.04 $27.02 $56,200
Kentucky 140 0.08 2.19 $24.17 $50,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 420 0.13 3.49 $46.21 $96,120
California 700 0.05 1.32 $39.13 $81,380
Nevada 60 0.05 1.46 $38.28 $79,620
North Carolina 70 0.02 0.51 $38.22 $79,500
Connecticut 130 0.08 2.16 $38.12 $79,280





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 410 0.24 6.37 $46.10 $95,890
Baltimore-Towson, MD 240 0.19 5.10 $34.01 $70,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 3.65 $35.88 $74,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 1.29 $28.16 $58,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.07 1.83 $31.04 $64,570
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 5.40 $38.00 $79,040
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.82 $48.75 $101,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 0.49 $30.88 $64,230
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 80 0.09 2.35 $28.38 $59,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 80 0.03 0.92 $30.88 $64,230




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 410 0.24 6.37 $46.10 $95,890
Reno-Sparks, NV 40 0.21 5.63 $42.12 $87,600
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 5.40 $38.00 $79,040
Baltimore-Towson, MD 240 0.19 5.10 $34.01 $70,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 3.65 $35.88 $74,620
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 60 0.11 2.91 $25.02 $52,050
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 40 0.11 2.98 $29.57 $61,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.82 $48.75 $101,390
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 2.40 $29.04 $60,410
Oklahoma City, OK 50 0.09 2.51 $24.06 $50,030




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.33 $57.95 $120,540
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $54.70 $113,790
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $53.24 $110,740
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.82 $48.75 $101,390
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 410 0.24 6.37 $46.10 $95,890
Reno-Sparks, NV 40 0.21 5.63 $42.12 $87,600
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 5.40 $38.00 $79,040
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.93 $37.72 $78,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.41 $37.55 $78,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 3.65 $35.88 $74,620

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 12.59 $23.69 $49,280

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 12.59 $23.69 $49,280

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 12.59 $23.69 $49,280


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