Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
17,910 3.3 % $30.88 $64,230 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.84 $23.06 $28.69 $36.07 $46.82
Annual Wage (2) $39,180 $47,950 $59,680 $75,040 $97,390


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)
State Government (OES Designation) 6,540 0.30 $26.64 $55,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,180 0.21 $38.81 $80,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,560 0.12 $29.65 $61,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.20 $31.69 $65,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,160 0.04 $31.47 $65,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 6,540 0.30 $26.64 $55,400
Social Advocacy Organizations 570 0.29 $28.82 $59,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,180 0.21 $38.81 $80,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.20 $31.69 $65,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,560 0.12 $29.65 $61,670

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) 4,180 0.21 $38.81 $80,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 (7) $35.68 $74,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 490 0.03 $31.94 $66,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.20 $31.69 $65,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,160 0.04 $31.47 $65,460


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 2,260 0.15 1.13 $33.44 $69,560
Washington 1,890 0.63 4.89 $33.76 $70,210
Florida 1,570 0.20 1.52 $24.68 $51,330
Oregon 930 0.54 4.12 $32.77 $68,150
Alaska 750 2.30 17.67 $35.89 $74,660



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 750 2.30 17.67 $35.89 $74,660
Wyoming 350 1.24 9.51 $27.74 $57,710
Idaho 550 0.85 6.57 $29.44 $61,240
Montana 320 0.71 5.45 $29.78 $61,950
Washington 1,890 0.63 4.89 $33.76 $70,210



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 440 0.17 1.29 $44.75 $93,070
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.35 $43.87 $91,240
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.70 $40.86 $84,980
Massachusetts 270 0.08 0.62 $40.44 $84,120
Hawaii 150 0.25 1.91 $35.90 $74,680




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 720 0.47 3.60 $39.62 $82,410
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 510 0.42 3.23 $24.41 $50,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 480 0.35 2.73 $32.53 $67,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.30 2.29 $36.09 $75,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.15 1.16 $27.80 $57,830
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 260 2.57 19.82 $30.19 $62,800
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.45 3.48 $46.88 $97,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 0.73 $46.40 $96,520
Anchorage, AK 210 1.21 9.30 $34.85 $72,500
Boise City, ID 210 0.74 5.73 $29.99 $62,380



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 140 3.97 30.60 $30.73 $63,930
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 260 2.57 19.82 $30.19 $62,800
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.51 19.33 $34.39 $71,520
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.49 11.44 $25.43 $52,890
Walla Walla, WA 40 1.48 11.40 $32.46 $67,520
Flagstaff, AZ 80 1.39 10.71 $28.65 $59,590
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.38 10.62 $26.53 $55,170
Barnstable Town, MA 130 1.28 9.85 (8) (8)
Sebring, FL 30 1.21 9.28 $19.86 $41,300
Anchorage, AK 210 1.21 9.30 $34.85 $72,500