Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Animal Scientists ; Food Scientists and Technologists ; Soil and Plant Scientists ; Biochemists and Biophysicists ; Microbiologists ; Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists ; Biological Scientists, All Other ; Conservation Scientists ; Foresters ; Epidemiologists ; Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists ; Life Scientists, All Other ; Astronomers ; Physicists ; Atmospheric and Space Scientists ; Chemists ; Materials Scientists ; Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health ; Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers ; Hydrologists ; Physical Scientists, All Other ; Economists ; Survey Researchers ; Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists ; Industrial-Organizational Psychologists ; Psychologists, All Other ; Sociologists ; Urban and Regional Planners ; Anthropologists and Archeologists ; Geographers ; Historians ; Political Scientists ; Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other ; Agricultural and Food Science Technicians ; Biological Technicians ; Chemical Technicians ; Geological and Petroleum Technicians ; Nuclear Technicians ; Social Science Research Assistants ; Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health ; Forensic Science Technicians ; Forest and Conservation Technicians ; Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,144,440 0.8 % $33.69 $70,070 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.47 $20.91 $29.55 $42.33 $56.64
Annual Wage (2) $32,170 $43,490 $61,450 $88,040 $117,810


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 173,630 27.34 $39.03 $81,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 137,540 6.96 $37.15 $77,260
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 134,140 4.57 $27.05 $56,270
State Government (OES Designation) 80,580 3.70 $27.80 $57,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 78,630 5.77 $29.23 $60,790

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 173,630 27.34 $39.03 $81,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 43,860 16.07 $36.91 $76,770
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 11,760 8.12 $31.59 $65,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 13,790 7.17 $57.01 $118,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 137,540 6.96 $37.15 $77,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 280 0.06 $64.71 $134,600
Depository Credit Intermediation 140 0.01 $63.49 $132,070
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 400 2.29 $59.21 $123,150
Oil and Gas Extraction 13,790 7.17 $57.01 $118,580
Other Information Services 280 0.14 $50.55 $105,140


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 180,720 11.95 1.41 $37.62 $78,240
Texas 86,010 7.66 0.90 $34.56 $71,870
New York 67,690 7.68 0.91 $33.05 $68,750
Massachusetts 49,780 14.98 1.77 $37.50 $78,010
Pennsylvania 48,940 8.66 1.02 $32.56 $67,720



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 22,920 33.97 4.01 $47.72 $99,260
Alaska 6,420 19.74 2.33 $34.24 $71,230
Montana 7,400 16.69 1.97 $25.27 $52,560
Delaware 7,070 16.67 1.97 $39.31 $81,760
Maryland 41,170 16.10 1.90 $40.06 $83,330



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 22,920 33.97 4.01 $47.72 $99,260
Maryland 41,170 16.10 1.90 $40.06 $83,330
Connecticut 12,590 7.65 0.90 $39.61 $82,390
Delaware 7,070 16.67 1.97 $39.31 $81,760
Virginia 30,890 8.47 1.00 $39.03 $81,180




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 44,510 18.72 2.21 $46.52 $96,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 36,600 9.02 1.07 $35.74 $74,330
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 36,150 6.71 0.79 $35.59 $74,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 35,980 20.04 2.37 $38.48 $80,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 33,030 11.62 1.37 $42.05 $87,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 23,210 12.46 1.47 $35.03 $72,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 23,110 21.27 2.51 $45.25 $94,120
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 22,100 16.74 1.98 $37.92 $78,880
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 19,250 5.13 0.61 $33.77 $70,230
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 17,240 16.80 1.98 $41.77 $86,880