Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
14,200 6.5 % $34.26 $71,270 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.17 $23.58 $30.74 $42.21 $56.48
Annual Wage (2) $37,800 $49,060 $63,950 $87,800 $117,480


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,340 0.10 $41.75 $86,830
Other Food Manufacturing 1,980 0.97 $32.64 $67,900
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,750 0.26 $40.01 $83,230
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,040 0.74 $29.86 $62,100
Grain and Oilseed Milling 900 1.51 $31.42 $65,360

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 900 1.51 $31.42 $65,360
Other Food Manufacturing 1,980 0.97 $32.64 $67,900
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,040 0.74 $29.86 $62,100
Animal Food Manufacturing 350 0.61 $31.61 $65,740
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 760 0.45 $29.17 $60,670

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) 80 (7) $44.92 $93,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,340 0.10 $41.75 $86,830
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.11 $40.60 $84,450
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,750 0.26 $40.01 $83,230
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 220 0.02 $39.83 $82,840


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 2,520 0.16 1.56 $34.44 $71,640
New Jersey 1,150 0.29 2.88 $38.02 $79,080
Ohio 750 0.14 1.39 $33.37 $69,420
Georgia 740 0.18 1.73 $28.84 $59,990
Minnesota 650 0.23 2.28 $37.14 $77,250




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)
Nebraska 410 0.43 4.23 $33.89 $70,480
Idaho 200 0.31 3.04 $30.46 $63,360
New Jersey 1,150 0.29 2.88 $38.02 $79,080
Minnesota 650 0.23 2.28 $37.14 $77,250
Wisconsin 630 0.22 2.22 $30.94 $64,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.88 $39.51 $82,170
New Jersey 1,150 0.29 2.88 $38.02 $79,080
Arkansas 140 0.12 1.14 $37.99 $79,010
Vermont 60 0.18 1.79 $37.70 $78,410
Minnesota 650 0.23 2.28 $37.14 $77,250





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 840 0.13 1.25 $37.90 $78,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 590 0.23 2.30 $28.69 $59,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.23 2.25 $38.71 $80,520
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 400 0.34 3.39 $38.94 $81,000
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 390 0.81 8.02 $33.95 $70,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 0.78 $29.80 $61,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.83 $36.75 $76,440
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 250 0.24 2.39 $32.32 $67,210
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 240 0.26 2.57 $30.82 $64,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 2.23 $54.48 $113,330




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)
Manhattan, KS 50 1.26 12.50 $37.17 $77,320
Merced, CA 70 1.01 9.94 $31.23 $64,950
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 60 0.98 9.73 $27.59 $57,380
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 390 0.81 8.02 $33.95 $70,610
Logan, UT-ID 30 0.64 6.29 $19.16 $39,850
Napa, CA 40 0.53 5.21 $39.96 $83,130
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 40 0.49 4.86 $34.75 $72,280
Athens-Clarke County, GA 40 0.49 4.85 $26.91 $55,970
Cedar Rapids, IA 70 0.47 4.68 $31.23 $64,950
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 60 0.45 4.41 $37.08 $77,130




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 0.23 2.23 $54.48 $113,330
Dayton, OH 50 0.14 1.41 $45.44 $94,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 30 0.01 0.13 $43.60 $90,690
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 80 0.35 3.46 $43.35 $90,170
Napa, CA 40 0.53 5.21 $39.96 $83,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.64 $39.91 $83,010
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.39 3.87 $39.30 $81,750
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.10 $81,320
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 30 0.05 0.52 $39.00 $81,120
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 400 0.34 3.39 $38.94 $81,000

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 130 0.81 7.99 $35.26 $73,350
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 2.79 $27.45 $57,100
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 2.95 $29.70 $61,780
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.75 7.39 $30.76 $63,980
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 2.65 $27.69 $57,600

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 7.99 $35.26 $73,350
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.75 7.39 $30.76 $63,980
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 4.18 $31.98 $66,520
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 3.26 $24.08 $50,080
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.15 $30.30 $63,020

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 40 0.31 3.09 $35.35 $73,530
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 7.99 $35.26 $73,350
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 2.12 $33.32 $69,310
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.11 1.04 $32.53 $67,670
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 4.18 $31.98 $66,520


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017