Scientific research & development services

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Workforce
729k
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
41.9
Estimated Job Growth
4.12%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$96,646
Average Male Salary
$110,073
Average Female Salary
$106,150

About

The top three occupations in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group are Other Physical Scientists, Other managers, Miscellaneous life, physical, & social science technicians, including social science research assistants, Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers. On average, full-time employees in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group work 43.7 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $103,263. Part-time employees in the same industry work 19.7 hours and earn an average annual salary of $33,126.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group are North Central New Mexico PUMA, NM, Albuquerque City (Far Northeast Heights) PUMA, NM, and Cambridge City PUMA, MA. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Scientific research & development services.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group. Other Physical Scientists are the most common position, but the Scientific research & development services Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Natural sciences managers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Scientific research & development services goes to Other financial specialists.

Monthly Employment

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Y-Axis
7.59%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 483k people employed in the Scientific Research and Development Services industry. This represents a 7.59% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

729k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 703k
5.94%
1 Year Growth
± 3.96%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 729k people employed in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 5.94%, , from 663k people in 2018 to 703k people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Scientific research & development services by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Other Physical Scientists represent the largest share of positions held in Scientific research & development services at 13%, followed by Other managers with 9.35% and Miscellaneous life, physical, & social science technicians, including social science research assistants with 7.16%.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Scientific research & development services employs an unusually high number of Natural sciences managers, Other Physical Scientists, and Astronomers & physicists.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Scientific research & development services, by average wage, are Other financial specialists, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Wages

Average Salary

$96,646
AVERAGE WAGE
± $2,510

On average, employees in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group make $96,646 per year. This number makes Scientific research & development services the 14 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.402
WAGE GINI

Scientific research & development services has a wage GINI of 0.402, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Scientific research & development services (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Scientific research & development services Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Scientific research & development services Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $110,073 and $106,150. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

335k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±14.2k
367k
MALE WORKFORCE
±14.9k

52.3% of workers in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Scientific research & development services Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$110,073
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$3,852
$106,150
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$3,889

On average, Male workers in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group make 1.04 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. White
  2. Asian
  3. Two or More Races

On average, White employees in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group earn 1.04 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Scientific research & development services Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Scientific research & development services Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Scientific research & development services Industry Group is Professional and business services.

In this flow diagram, all of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Scientific research & development services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Scientific research & development services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Scientific research & development services Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Scientific research & development services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Scientific research & development services Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Scientific research & development services Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Scientific research and development services industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Scientific research and development services industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 4.12%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (23.7%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Scientific research and development services.
4.12%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Scientific research and development services. This industry is expected to grow less than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Scientific research and development services.
23.7%
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10-year Projection

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