Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


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)
14,170 4.0 % $32.15 $66,870 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.90 $22.01 $29.56 $39.55 $51.83
Annual Wage (2) $35,150 $45,790 $61,480 $82,270 $107,810


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 2,090 0.33 $36.74 $76,430
Other Food Manufacturing 1,950 1.04 $32.83 $68,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,640 0.07 $38.00 $79,040
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,310 2.21 $27.67 $57,560
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,150 0.87 $27.86 $57,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,310 2.21 $27.67 $57,560
Other Food Manufacturing 1,950 1.04 $32.83 $68,290
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,150 0.87 $27.86 $57,950
Animal Food Manufacturing 400 0.72 $29.45 $61,250
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 770 0.47 $29.74 $61,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $44.45 $92,460
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 80 0.01 $40.11 $83,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,640 0.07 $38.00 $79,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,090 0.33 $36.74 $76,430
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.02 $36.41 $75,730


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 2,110 0.14 1.33 $31.30 $65,100
Minnesota 2,020 0.74 7.06 $36.87 $76,680
Texas 900 0.08 0.76 $34.42 $71,600
New Jersey 660 0.17 1.63 $34.63 $72,020
Wisconsin 630 0.23 2.19 $32.96 $68,560



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)
Minnesota 2,020 0.74 7.06 $36.87 $76,680
Vermont 130 0.42 3.97 $31.25 $65,000
New Mexico 290 0.37 3.48 $22.88 $47,600
Arkansas 350 0.30 2.84 $32.28 $67,150
Iowa 370 0.24 2.32 $30.58 $63,620



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 2,020 0.74 7.06 $36.87 $76,680
Maryland 90 0.04 0.34 $36.31 $75,510
Louisiana 40 0.02 0.19 $35.90 $74,660
Massachusetts 230 0.07 0.67 $35.84 $74,540
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $35.14 $73,100




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,760 0.97 9.21 $37.27 $77,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.15 1.39 $32.62 $67,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 1.12 $30.61 $63,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 1.53 $38.05 $79,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.06 0.60 $36.73 $76,390
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 330 0.33 3.15 $31.09 $64,670
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 250 0.29 2.72 $29.65 $61,670
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.22 2.08 $34.80 $72,370
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 210 0.99 9.39 $33.12 $68,880
St. Louis, MO-IL 200 0.16 1.49 $37.48 $77,950



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)
Pine Bluff, AR 70 2.09 19.90 (8) (8)
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 1.02 9.71 $32.44 $67,470
Merced, CA 60 0.99 9.43 $26.63 $55,400
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 210 0.99 9.39 $33.12 $68,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,760 0.97 9.21 $37.27 $77,520
Modesto, CA 90 0.59 5.61 $32.01 $66,580
Visalia-Porterville, CA 70 0.52 5.00 $26.60 $55,320
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 50 0.49 4.65 $27.73 $57,680
Appleton, WI 60 0.49 4.71 $28.54 $59,370
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.44 4.17 $28.26 $58,780



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)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 180 0.22 2.14 $40.73 $84,720
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.40 3.84 $38.98 $81,090
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.06 0.55 $38.20 $79,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 1.53 $38.05 $79,150
St. Louis, MO-IL 200 0.16 1.49 $37.48 $77,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,760 0.97 9.21 $37.27 $77,520
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 60 0.43 4.08 $37.05 $77,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.32 $36.74 $76,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.06 0.60 $36.73 $76,390
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.14 1.31 $35.99 $74,870

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 4.67 $33.17 $68,990
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 5.24 $30.45 $63,340
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.20 1.95 $22.68 $47,170
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.89 8.44 $31.46 $65,430
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.75 $31.35 $65,220

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.89 8.44 $31.46 $65,430
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 6.07 $25.70 $53,450
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 5.24 $30.45 $63,340
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 4.67 $33.17 $68,990
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.75 $31.35 $65,220

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.77 $70,250
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 4.67 $33.17 $68,990
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.89 8.44 $31.46 $65,430
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.75 $31.35 $65,220
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.12 1.16 $30.53 $63,510


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015