Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-3022 Survey Researchers

Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams. Excludes "Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists" (13-1161) and "Statisticians" (15-2041).


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)
17,370 4.5 % $24.47 $50,890 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.44 $13.94 $21.66 $32.97 $42.83
Annual Wage (2) $19,640 $28,990 $45,050 $68,570 $89,080


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,750 1.11 $21.26 $44,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,280 0.52 $29.91 $62,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,580 0.23 $21.24 $44,180
Educational Support Services 1,240 0.84 $34.14 $71,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,020 0.04 $22.23 $46,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,750 1.11 $21.26 $44,210
Educational Support Services 1,240 0.84 $34.14 $71,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,280 0.52 $29.91 $62,220
Grantmaking and Giving Services 340 0.27 $24.22 $50,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,580 0.23 $21.24 $44,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 1,240 0.84 $34.14 $71,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,280 0.52 $29.91 $62,220
Amusement Parks and Arcades 60 0.04 $29.69 $61,750
State Government (OES Designation) 610 0.03 $28.47 $59,220
Employment Services 50 (7) $27.04 $56,250


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)
Pennsylvania 2,970 0.53 3.98 $14.92 $31,040
Texas 1,520 0.14 1.08 $24.41 $50,760
California 1,370 0.10 0.72 $30.48 $63,390
New Jersey 1,110 0.29 2.20 $38.02 $79,090
Maryland 980 0.39 2.92 $33.87 $70,450




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)
District of Columbia 450 0.69 5.19 $35.57 $73,980
Pennsylvania 2,970 0.53 3.98 $14.92 $31,040
Idaho 300 0.49 3.70 $11.54 $24,000
Maryland 980 0.39 2.92 $33.87 $70,450
Connecticut 570 0.35 2.63 $29.49 $61,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,110 0.29 2.20 $38.02 $79,090
District of Columbia 450 0.69 5.19 $35.57 $73,980
Ohio 230 0.05 0.35 $35.18 $73,180
Maryland 980 0.39 2.92 $33.87 $70,450
New York 850 0.10 0.75 $32.21 $67,010





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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,920 1.05 7.90 $14.75 $30,690
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 920 4.25 31.87 $38.71 $80,510
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.23 1.73 $23.91 $49,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 780 0.37 2.79 $26.32 $54,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 740 0.32 2.37 $32.46 $67,510
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 660 1.18 8.87 $41.89 $87,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.12 0.87 $32.21 $67,010
Pittsburgh, PA 490 0.43 3.26 $17.98 $37,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.11 0.81 $32.65 $67,920
Ann Arbor, MI 370 1.91 14.35 $18.81 $39,120




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 920 4.25 31.87 $38.71 $80,510
Ann Arbor, MI 370 1.91 14.35 $18.81 $39,120
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 660 1.18 8.87 $41.89 $87,120
Boise City-Nampa, ID 290 1.13 8.45 $11.48 $23,870
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,920 1.05 7.90 $14.75 $30,690
Reading, PA 120 0.74 5.54 $10.13 $21,060
Greensboro-High Point, NC 210 0.61 4.54 $8.50 $17,670
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 250 0.60 4.47 $29.49 $61,340
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 130 0.48 3.62 $36.96 $76,880
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 250 0.46 3.42 $31.25 $65,010




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 660 1.18 8.87 $41.89 $87,120
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 920 4.25 31.87 $38.71 $80,510
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 180 0.42 3.18 $38.18 $79,410
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 130 0.48 3.62 $36.96 $76,880
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.43 $73,700
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.54 $69,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.11 0.81 $32.65 $67,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 740 0.32 2.37 $32.46 $67,510
Columbus, OH 60 0.06 0.47 $32.35 $67,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.12 0.87 $32.21 $67,010

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 40 0.31 2.33 $22.54 $46,890

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.33 $22.54 $46,890

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.33 $22.54 $46,890


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