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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-1041 Epidemiologists

Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.


National estimates for Epidemiologists
Industry profile for Epidemiologists
Geographic profile for Epidemiologists

National estimates for Epidemiologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Epidemiologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,500 2.1 % $ 40.20 $ 83,620 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Epidemiologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.62 $ 28.55 $ 35.84 $ 46.76 $ 60.60
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,140 $ 59,380 $ 74,560 $ 97,270 $ 126,040


Industry profile for Epidemiologists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Epidemiologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Epidemiologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Epidemiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,660 0.12 $ 35.00 $ 72,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,440 0.03 $ 36.51 $ 75,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,080 0.02 $ 42.19 $ 87,750
Scientific Research and Development Services 680 0.09 $ 53.12 $ 110,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 660 0.02 $ 35.61 $ 74,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Epidemiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,660 0.12 $ 35.00 $ 72,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 680 0.09 $ 53.12 $ 110,490
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 150 0.06 $ 64.93 $ 135,050
Grantmaking and Giving Services 50 0.04 $ 70.49 $ 146,610
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 100 0.03 $ 54.83 $ 114,050

Top paying industries for Epidemiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 50 0.04 $ 70.49 $ 146,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 150 0.06 $ 64.93 $ 135,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 (7) $ 57.21 $ 118,990
Offices of Physicians 110 (7) $ 56.19 $ 116,870
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 100 0.03 $ 54.83 $ 114,050


Geographic profile for Epidemiologists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Epidemiologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Epidemiologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Epidemiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 730 0.04 0.82 $ 46.49 $ 96,690
Texas 550 0.05 0.85 $ 34.48 $ 71,720
Washington 480 0.15 2.81 $ 54.76 $ 113,900
Massachusetts 390 0.12 2.13 $ 43.73 $ 90,960
Maryland 380 0.15 2.77 $ 48.53 $ 100,940




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Epidemiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 80 0.17 3.17 $ 31.56 $ 65,650
West Virginia 110 0.17 3.16 $ 29.80 $ 61,990
Washington 480 0.15 2.81 $ 54.76 $ 113,900
Maryland 380 0.15 2.77 $ 48.53 $ 100,940
New Mexico 110 0.14 2.60 $ 33.14 $ 68,930




Top paying states for Epidemiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 480 0.15 2.81 $ 54.76 $ 113,900
Nevada 40 0.03 0.58 $ 50.26 $ 104,530
Maryland 380 0.15 2.77 $ 48.53 $ 100,940
District of Columbia 40 0.06 1.13 $ 47.85 $ 99,520
New Jersey 150 0.04 0.72 $ 47.76 $ 99,330





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Epidemiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 350 0.18 3.30 $ 58.44 $ 121,560
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.19 3.53 $ 31.02 $ 64,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 270 0.10 1.90 $ 31.62 $ 65,770
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 270 0.03 0.56 $ 64.70 $ 134,580
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 260 0.10 1.89 $ 44.23 $ 92,000
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.20 3.69 $ 40.77 $ 84,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.13 2.41 $ 36.71 $ 76,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 1.33 $ 56.40 $ 117,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 210 0.05 0.90 $ 42.55 $ 88,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 200 0.04 0.65 $ 46.84 $ 97,420




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Epidemiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston, WV 60 0.61 11.34 $ 28.14 $ 58,530
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.51 9.41 $ 42.19 $ 87,760
Trenton, NJ 110 0.46 8.56 $ 46.03 $ 95,740
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.20 3.69 $ 40.77 $ 84,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.19 3.53 $ 31.02 $ 64,520
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 350 0.18 3.30 $ 58.44 $ 121,560
Columbus, OH 180 0.17 3.17 $ 34.71 $ 72,200
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.17 3.15 $ 47.47 $ 98,740
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.15 2.76 $ 36.49 $ 75,900
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 140 0.15 2.74 $ 41.86 $ 87,060




Top paying metropolitan areas for Epidemiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 270 0.03 0.56 $ 64.70 $ 134,580
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.04 0.78 $ 58.91 $ 122,520
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 350 0.18 3.30 $ 58.44 $ 121,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 1.33 $ 56.40 $ 117,320
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 1.17 $ 54.95 $ 114,300
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 30 0.03 0.64 $ 52.21 $ 108,590
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 70 0.03 0.49 $ 47.59 $ 98,980
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.17 3.15 $ 47.47 $ 98,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 200 0.04 0.65 $ 46.84 $ 97,420
Trenton, NJ 110 0.46 8.56 $ 46.03 $ 95,740


About May 2020 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021