Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
14,660 5.7 % $34.63 $72,030 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.76 $23.63 $31.65 $43.42 $56.92
Annual Wage (2) $36,940 $49,140 $65,840 $90,320 $118,390


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 2,330 0.36 $41.21 $85,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,200 0.10 $43.83 $91,180
Other Food Manufacturing 1,910 0.98 $32.35 $67,280
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,130 0.83 $29.84 $62,070
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,010 1.70 $28.90 $60,100

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 1,010 1.70 $28.90 $60,100
Other Food Manufacturing 1,910 0.98 $32.35 $67,280
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,130 0.83 $29.84 $62,070
Animal Food Manufacturing 430 0.77 $30.00 $62,400
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 370 0.51 $30.22 $62,850

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) 80 (7) $45.51 $94,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,200 0.10 $43.83 $91,180
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 130 0.01 $41.43 $86,170
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,330 0.36 $41.21 $85,710
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.05 $39.10 $81,320


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 2,200 0.14 1.33 $36.22 $75,340
Minnesota 1,570 0.57 5.34 $39.30 $81,740
New Jersey 1,010 0.26 2.43 $37.65 $78,310
Georgia 670 0.16 1.53 $28.72 $59,750
Wisconsin 610 0.22 2.08 $31.54 $65,600



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 1,570 0.57 5.34 $39.30 $81,740
Vermont 120 0.38 3.56 $33.07 $68,780
Idaho 220 0.34 3.17 $29.52 $61,400
New Jersey 1,010 0.26 2.43 $37.65 $78,310
Arkansas 300 0.26 2.43 $33.06 $68,760



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,570 0.57 5.34 $39.30 $81,740
Massachusetts 340 0.10 0.95 $38.89 $80,890
New Jersey 1,010 0.26 2.43 $37.65 $78,310
Colorado 180 0.07 0.70 $36.61 $76,160
California 2,200 0.14 1.33 $36.22 $75,340




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 720 0.11 1.05 $38.71 $80,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 540 0.22 2.04 $28.68 $59,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.12 1.14 $34.65 $72,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.79 $32.29 $67,160
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 2.22 $39.24 $81,620
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 270 0.26 2.43 $28.56 $59,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 1.03 $37.08 $77,130
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 250 0.29 2.70 $30.75 $63,960
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.24 2.21 $51.50 $107,110
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 210 0.21 1.99 $26.08 $54,260



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)
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 70 1.13 10.58 $28.68 $59,660
Merced, CA 60 0.91 8.53 $30.18 $62,770
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 170 0.75 7.04 $33.15 $68,950
Napa, CA 40 0.56 5.28 $40.11 $83,430
Athens-Clarke County, GA 40 0.52 4.85 $26.30 $54,710
Modesto, CA 80 0.48 4.56 $33.30 $69,270
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.44 4.13 $37.31 $77,600
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.43 4.03 $25.19 $52,390
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 60 0.42 3.98 $37.07 $77,110
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.40 3.80 $28.68 $59,660



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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.24 2.21 $51.50 $107,110
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $45.45 $94,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 50 0.02 0.19 $42.41 $88,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $40.23 $83,680
Napa, CA 40 0.56 5.28 $40.11 $83,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.79 $39.50 $82,160
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 2.22 $39.24 $81,620
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 720 0.11 1.05 $38.71 $80,530
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 160 0.12 1.11 $37.37 $77,720
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.44 4.13 $37.31 $77,600

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 120 0.72 6.81 $34.62 $72,010
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 7.79 $27.43 $57,050
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.93 8.77 $30.67 $63,800
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 2.53 $30.27 $62,970
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 2.82 $31.27 $65,050

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)
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.93 8.77 $30.67 $63,800
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 7.79 $27.43 $57,050
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 7.62 $33.20 $69,060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.72 6.81 $34.62 $72,010
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 3.56 $21.01 $43,700

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.06 $75,000
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.72 6.81 $34.62 $72,010
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.69 $34.34 $71,430
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 7.62 $33.20 $69,060
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.10 $66,770


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016