Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
95,420 2.7 % $42.23 $87,830 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.87 $25.67 $37.01 $51.56 $70.51
Annual Wage (2) $41,340 $53,380 $76,980 $107,250 $146,650


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 35,120 5.57 $46.81 $97,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 21,210 0.73 $30.23 $62,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,380 0.24 $37.34 $77,660
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 7,680 2.87 $48.49 $100,850
Offices of Physicians 3,670 0.15 $56.56 $117,640

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 35,120 5.57 $46.81 $97,370
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 7,680 2.87 $48.49 $100,850
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,560 1.51 $46.91 $97,570
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 1,390 0.74 $51.19 $106,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 21,210 0.73 $30.23 $62,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 3,670 0.15 $56.56 $117,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $56.40 $117,300
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 110 0.01 $56.23 $116,950
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $54.64 $113,650
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,660 0.15 $51.76 $107,660


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 25,970 1.82 2.48 $45.08 $93,770
Massachusetts 9,270 2.90 3.95 $47.03 $97,810
New York 5,880 0.69 0.94 $42.37 $88,130
Texas 5,670 0.54 0.73 $29.82 $62,020
Pennsylvania 4,590 0.82 1.12 $48.26 $100,380




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 9,270 2.90 3.95 $47.03 $97,810
California 25,970 1.82 2.48 $45.08 $93,770
Maryland 4,390 1.75 2.39 $44.95 $93,490
Washington 4,310 1.56 2.13 $36.77 $76,470
Delaware 500 1.22 1.67 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 170 0.28 0.39 $74.51 $154,990
Oklahoma 300 0.20 0.27 $63.42 $131,910
Illinois 2,630 0.47 0.64 $53.97 $112,260
Maine 110 0.19 0.26 $51.93 $108,000
Connecticut 1,650 1.02 1.39 $51.77 $107,680





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 7,870 4.60 6.28 $48.00 $99,830
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 5,310 4.21 5.75 $42.24 $87,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,080 5.08 6.94 $46.06 $95,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,000 1.29 1.76 $43.81 $91,130
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,870 2.75 3.75 $36.69 $76,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,160 0.61 0.84 $44.13 $91,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,090 1.70 2.32 $52.14 $108,440
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,460 1.74 2.38 $39.37 $81,880
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,240 4.00 5.47 $50.99 $106,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,110 2.35 3.21 $56.00 $116,470




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-Chapel Hill, NC 2,020 7.43 10.14 $42.58 $88,560
Madison, WI 1,820 5.44 7.43 $27.27 $56,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,080 5.08 6.94 $46.06 $95,810
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,870 4.60 6.28 $48.00 $99,830
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 5,310 4.21 5.75 $42.24 $87,870
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 2,240 4.00 5.47 $50.99 $106,060
Ann Arbor, MI 670 3.44 4.70 $29.20 $60,750
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 1,250 3.37 4.60 $45.17 $93,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,870 2.75 3.75 $36.69 $76,310
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 390 2.49 3.41 $53.67 $111,640




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 320 0.47 0.64 $117.01 $243,390
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $109.91 $228,610
Greensboro-High Point, NC (8) (8) (8) $93.70 $194,890
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 80 0.11 0.14 $67.22 $139,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.33 0.45 $63.70 $132,490
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 30 0.19 0.26 $59.61 $123,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,110 2.35 3.21 $56.00 $116,470
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 390 0.41 0.55 $54.94 $114,280
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 150 0.14 0.19 $54.57 $113,510
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 350 1.61 2.20 $54.10 $112,530

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 190 0.65 0.89 $37.55 $78,100
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 0.81 $32.06 $66,680
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.39 $38.16 $79,380
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.34 $66.96 $139,280

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 190 0.65 0.89 $37.55 $78,100
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 0.81 $32.06 $66,680
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.39 $38.16 $79,380
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.34 $66.96 $139,280

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)
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.34 $66.96 $139,280
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.06 $89,570
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.39 $38.16 $79,380
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 190 0.65 0.89 $37.55 $78,100


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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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