Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-3022 Survey Researchers

Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams. Excludes "Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists" (13-1161) and "Statisticians" (15-2041).


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)
13,650 5.7 % $28.53 $59,340 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.72 $17.29 $25.92 $37.12 $47.84
Annual Wage (2) $22,300 $35,960 $53,920 $77,210 $99,500


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,910 1.06 $26.41 $54,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,380 0.37 $34.99 $72,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 780 0.06 $27.30 $56,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 740 0.02 $25.66 $53,370
State Government (OES Designation) 490 0.02 $27.29 $56,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,910 1.06 $26.41 $54,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,380 0.37 $34.99 $72,780
Social Advocacy Organizations 400 0.20 $24.70 $51,380
Educational Support Services 230 0.14 $37.39 $77,770
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 470 0.11 $30.00 $62,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 30 (7) $38.33 $79,730
Educational Support Services 230 0.14 $37.39 $77,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,380 0.37 $34.99 $72,780
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $34.93 $72,660
Junior Colleges 30 (7) $34.90 $72,590


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 1,650 0.11 1.07 $29.65 $61,670
Pennsylvania 1,550 0.27 2.74 $26.27 $54,630
Texas 1,170 0.10 1.02 $24.40 $50,750
Maryland 890 0.34 3.45 $40.06 $83,320
Illinois 710 0.12 1.23 $28.75 $59,790



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)
District of Columbia 590 0.87 8.84 $38.35 $79,770
West Virginia 240 0.34 3.48 $14.21 $29,550
Maryland 890 0.34 3.45 $40.06 $83,320
Connecticut 470 0.28 2.87 $34.53 $71,830
Pennsylvania 1,550 0.27 2.74 $26.27 $54,630



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 890 0.34 3.45 $40.06 $83,320
District of Columbia 590 0.87 8.84 $38.35 $79,770
Virginia 320 0.09 0.88 $36.65 $76,230
North Carolina 230 0.06 0.57 $35.88 $74,630
New Jersey 520 0.13 1.35 $34.63 $72,020




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 780 0.32 3.26 $35.78 $74,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 1.71 $30.67 $63,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.18 1.81 $29.05 $60,430
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.09 11.03 $44.33 $92,220
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.47 4.77 $25.66 $53,370
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 430 0.07 0.67 $29.22 $60,770
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 390 0.34 3.39 $32.68 $67,980
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 380 0.91 9.24 $34.68 $72,140
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 2.56 $30.80 $64,060
Baton Rouge, LA 270 0.69 6.93 $21.56 $44,850



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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.09 11.03 $44.33 $92,220
Trenton, NJ 230 1.01 10.22 $44.63 $92,830
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 380 0.91 9.24 $34.68 $72,140
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.81 8.17 $22.12 $46,020
Baton Rouge, LA 270 0.69 6.93 $21.56 $44,850
Lincoln, NE 100 0.59 5.97 $27.17 $56,520
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.47 4.77 $25.66 $53,370
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 200 0.46 4.62 $34.89 $72,580
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.42 4.29 $26.25 $54,590
Boulder, CO 70 0.39 3.90 $31.68 $65,900



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)
Trenton, NJ 230 1.01 10.22 $44.63 $92,830
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.09 11.03 $44.33 $92,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 780 0.32 3.26 $35.78 $74,410
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.52 $35.71 $74,280
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 200 0.46 4.62 $34.89 $72,580
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 100 0.08 0.77 $34.86 $72,520
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 380 0.91 9.24 $34.68 $72,140
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.32 $34.00 $70,720
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 390 0.34 3.39 $32.68 $67,980
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $31.72 $65,980


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