Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


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)
18,970 3.9 % $30.40 $63,230 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.31 $22.27 $28.02 $35.54 $46.50
Annual Wage (2) $38,080 $46,310 $58,270 $73,930 $96,720


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)
State Government (OES Designation) 6,750 0.31 $25.89 $53,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,210 0.21 $38.56 $80,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,100 0.17 $29.88 $62,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,660 0.26 $30.69 $63,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,310 0.04 $32.39 $67,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 710 0.48 $23.53 $48,940
State Government (OES Designation) 6,750 0.31 $25.89 $53,860
Social Advocacy Organizations 540 0.27 $26.45 $55,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,660 0.26 $30.69 $63,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,210 0.21 $38.56 $80,210

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) 4,210 0.21 $38.56 $80,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $37.54 $78,070
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 290 0.02 $36.69 $76,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,310 0.04 $32.39 $67,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,660 0.26 $30.69 $63,830


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 3,330 0.22 1.57 $32.98 $68,600
Washington 1,780 0.61 4.37 $33.94 $70,600
Florida 1,410 0.18 1.31 $24.12 $50,180
Oregon 1,030 0.61 4.36 $31.17 $64,840
Alaska 810 2.48 17.65 $34.51 $71,790



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)
Alaska 810 2.48 17.65 $34.51 $71,790
Wyoming 380 1.33 9.47 $27.66 $57,540
Idaho 500 0.80 5.72 $29.24 $60,820
Montana 310 0.70 4.98 $29.07 $60,470
Washington 1,780 0.61 4.37 $33.94 $70,600



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 90 0.14 0.98 $48.49 $100,870
Maryland 400 0.16 1.12 $44.78 $93,150
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.28 $41.76 $86,860
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.59 $40.44 $84,110
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.66 $38.96 $81,040




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.47 3.37 $40.01 $83,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 630 0.47 3.37 $30.31 $63,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.39 2.81 $41.43 $86,170
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 410 0.38 2.73 $34.60 $71,980
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.36 2.55 $41.59 $86,510
Anchorage, AK 260 1.48 10.54 $33.79 $70,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.14 0.99 $27.73 $57,680
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 240 0.43 3.07 $46.10 $95,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 230 0.10 0.68 $22.92 $47,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.09 0.66 $46.00 $95,680



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)
Corvallis, OR 110 3.42 24.39 $27.41 $57,020
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.73 19.44 $33.59 $69,870
Olympia, WA 220 2.21 15.72 $30.22 $62,860
Flagstaff, AZ 110 1.98 14.12 $25.39 $52,810
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 70 1.64 11.69 $30.50 $63,430
Anchorage, AK 260 1.48 10.54 $33.79 $70,280
Barnstable Town, MA 140 1.41 10.08 $45.03 $93,660
Bangor, ME 70 1.16 8.25 $26.95 $56,050
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.16 8.23 $26.51 $55,150
Gainesville, FL 120 1.01 7.19 $25.29 $52,600



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 240 0.43 3.07 $46.10 $95,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.09 0.66 $46.00 $95,680
Barnstable Town, MA 140 1.41 10.08 $45.03 $93,660
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.41 2.93 $43.12 $89,690
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.36 2.55 $41.59 $86,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.39 2.81 $41.43 $86,170
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.26 $41.35 $86,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.47 3.37 $40.01 $83,220
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.04 0.32 $39.50 $82,160
Honolulu, HI 110 0.24 1.67 $39.33 $81,810

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.74 19.54 $29.70 $61,770
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 140 2.49 17.71 $28.96 $60,230
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.99 7.05 $29.23 $60,800
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.79 12.78 $26.86 $55,860
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.66 11.83 $27.03 $56,220

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.74 19.54 $29.70 $61,770
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 140 2.49 17.71 $28.96 $60,230
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 2.12 15.11 $27.25 $56,680
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.92 13.70 $27.97 $58,180
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.79 12.78 $26.86 $55,860

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.27 $69,200
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.99 7.07 $32.89 $68,410
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 1.13 8.03 $32.77 $68,160
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 3.60 $32.46 $67,520
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.32 9.37 $31.70 $65,940


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