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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

By Edited Nov 13, 2016 0 0

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s 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. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Physicists: $111,250

Conduct research into the phases of physical phenomena, develop theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply laws and theories to industry and other fields.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
Scientific Research and Development Services: $115,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $112,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $82,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $148,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $105,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Offices of Physicians: $148,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $148,380
Oil and Gas Extraction: $130,420
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $128,670
Scientific Research and Development Services: $115,880

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

District of Columbia: $122,500
Illinois: $126,020
Maryland: $116,680
Virginia: $109,620

Top paying States for this occupation:

Kentucky: $139,810
Florida: $136,380
Indiana: $136,200
Minnesota: $130,840
Illinois: $126,020

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

College Station-Bryan, TX: $51,300
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $119,650
Huntsville, AL: $105,800
Las Cruces, NM: $103,610

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY: $148,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $132,220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: $129,220
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $128,160 
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI: $125,180

 

Astronomers: $102,740

Observe, research, and interpret celestial and astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge and apply such information to practical problems.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $76,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $130,570
Scientific Research and Development Services: $107,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $130,570
Scientific Research and Development Services: $107,170
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $76,670

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Maryland: $128,520
Massachusetts: $126,560
Texas: $87,870
California: $118,230

Top paying States for this occupation:

Maryland: $128,520
Massachusetts: $126,560
California: $118,230
Virginia: $108,510 
Texas: $87,870

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $133,280

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation and the annual mean wage:

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $133,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $128,660

 

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists: $102,570

Apply principles of psychology to personnel, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee screening, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. Employees may work with management to reorganize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $121,010
Scientific Research and Development Services: $88,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $72,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $85,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Business Schools and Computer and Management Training: $124,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $121,010
Scientific Research and Development Services: $88,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $85,710
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $72,060

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Massachusetts: $87,500
Missouri: $108,350
Ohio: $84,680
Illinois: $64,270

Top paying States for this occupation:

Florida: $126,640 
New York: $123,010 
Minnesota: $118,110 
North Carolina: $109,740 
Missouri: $108,350

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $87,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $84,020
Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: $124,430 
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $118,400 
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $87,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $84,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division: $79,460

 

Political Scientists: $101,050

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. Research a wide range of subjects, such as relations between the United States and foreign countries, the beliefs and institutions of foreign nations, or the politics of small towns or a major metropolis. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision making, and ideology.  Employees may analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $114,040
Scientific Research and Development Services: $77,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $54,190
Local Government (OES Designation): $83,790
Social Advocacy Organizations: $77,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $114,040
Local Government (OES Designation): $83,790
Social Advocacy Organizations: $77,410
Scientific Research and Development Services: $77,160
State Government (OES Designation): $58,040

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

District of Columbia: $111,730
Virginia: $130,850
Washington: $64,990
Colorado: $62,470
California: $69,280

Top paying States for this occupation:

Virginia: $130,850
District of Columbia: $111,730
Wisconsin: $96,300 
Pennsylvania: $83,580
California: $69,280

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $115,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $70,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $63,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $116,100

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $116,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $115,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $70,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $63,980

 

Economists: $96,320

Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to aid in solution of economic problems arising from production and distribution of goods and services. May collect and process economic and statistical data using econometric and sampling techniques.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $106,170
State Government (OES Designation): $56,940
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $123,710
Scientific Research and Development Services: $128,920
Local Government (OES Designation): $71,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Scientific Research and Development Services: $128,920
Depository Credit Intermediation: $128,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $123,710
Legal Services: $120,640
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank: $118,440

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

District of Columbia: $117,670
Arkansas: $40,430
Vermont: $88,110
Delaware: $76,970
Alaska: $77,620

Top paying States for this occupation:

District of Columbia: $117,670
Virginia: $113,550
Maryland: $110,100
Illinois: $98,700
New York: $98,590

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $118,060
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR: $40,410
Charleston, WV: $35,450
Durham, NC: $76,220

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL: $166,710 
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $118,060
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $117,230
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $116,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $114,520

 

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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