Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
1,146,110 0.7 % $34.24 $71,220 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.67 $21.22 $29.88 $42.85 $57.78
Annual Wage (2) $32,600 $44,130 $62,160 $89,120 $120,190


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 170,890 26.41 $40.36 $83,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 135,590 6.83 $37.15 $77,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 132,200 4.44 $26.96 $56,080
Local Government (OES Designation) 81,480 1.52 $30.82 $64,110
State Government (OES Designation) 79,440 3.60 $28.45 $59,180

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 170,890 26.41 $40.36 $83,940
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 43,250 15.37 $36.02 $74,920
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 12,050 8.11 $31.26 $65,030
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 4,310 7.10 $30.56 $63,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 135,590 6.83 $37.15 $77,270

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 340 0.08 $63.08 $131,210
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 400 2.35 $57.78 $120,180
Other Information Services 290 0.12 $57.11 $118,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 11,640 6.01 $56.63 $117,790
Other Pipeline Transportation 240 3.04 $53.49 $111,250


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)
California 177,130 11.43 1.38 $38.80 $80,710
Texas 85,790 7.41 0.89 $34.03 $70,780
New York 66,230 7.37 0.89 $35.20 $73,220
Massachusetts 49,240 14.50 1.74 $36.50 $75,930
Pennsylvania 47,230 8.27 1.00 $32.64 $67,900



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 22,910 33.89 4.08 $47.90 $99,620
Alaska 6,300 19.24 2.31 $35.64 $74,130
Montana 7,290 16.31 1.96 $26.10 $54,280
Maryland 40,520 15.60 1.88 $41.21 $85,730
Wyoming 4,420 15.57 1.87 $26.86 $55,860



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 22,910 33.89 4.08 $47.90 $99,620
Connecticut 12,560 7.57 0.91 $41.62 $86,570
Maryland 40,520 15.60 1.88 $41.21 $85,730
New Jersey 35,800 9.16 1.10 $39.77 $82,730
Virginia 31,160 8.46 1.02 $39.76 $82,700




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 44,410 6.85 0.82 $36.95 $76,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 43,490 17.99 2.16 $47.67 $99,150
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 34,390 19.52 2.35 $36.85 $76,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 33,890 8.26 0.99 $36.50 $75,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 32,130 10.97 1.32 $40.51 $84,250
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 21,430 21.01 2.53 $47.00 $97,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 21,240 15.69 1.89 $39.09 $81,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 20,710 5.80 0.70 $34.93 $72,660
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 18,840 17.88 2.15 $43.57 $90,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 17,920 11.66 1.40 $35.57 $73,980