Natural sciences managers
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Overview
Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for natural sciences managers are expected to grow by 10%, and should have about 5,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Natural sciences managers are less likely to be automated than 87% of other careers.
Workforce size
Natural sciences managers, with 56,700 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
About 55% of natural sciences managers have a graduate-level education, and 91% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by natural sciences managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More natural sciences managers have graduate degrees than 94% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for natural sciences managers is higher than 97% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most natural sciences managers.
This job's median $124KAll jobs' median $39K$129K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for natural sciences managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 54% of natural sciences managers -- that's a larger percentage than 69% of other jobs.
Gender of natural sciences managers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For natural sciences managers, the median men's salary was 33% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 21% of natural sciences managers are minority, and 20% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of natural sciences managers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (20%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Natural Sciences Managers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 40% of natural sciences managers, and 70% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for natural sciences managers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 92% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of natural sciences managers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (69%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (34%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do natural sciences managers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for natural sciences managers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for natural sciences managers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for natural sciences managers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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Note: The salaries for natural sciences managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all natural sciences managers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for natural sciences managers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for natural sciences managers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where natural sciences managers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Natural sciences managers (ACS)
Private for-profit (53.4%)
Private not-for-profit (21.9%)
Local government (1.1%)
State government (14.8%)
Federal government (6.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.8%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of natural sciences managers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$81K$92K$69K$59K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000State governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Note: The salaries for natural sciences managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Distribution: Salaries of natural sciences managers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$124K$117K$100K$136K$84K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Note: The salaries for natural sciences managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for natural sciences managers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Natural sciences managers and gender

With 54% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 69% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Natural sciences managers
Men (46%)
Women (54%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for natural sciences managers tops that, with the median salary for men 33% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Natural sciences managers have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 83% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of natural sciences managers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority natural sciences managers falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of natural sciences managers
White (77% )
Asian (13% )
Black (5% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for natural sciences managers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for natural sciences managers by nativity
$79K$97K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by natural sciences managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), natural sciences managers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as natural sciences managers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for natural sciences managers.

Education attained by natural sciences managers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for natural sciences managers

Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed.

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs blend advanced training in a particular science field, such as biotechnology or environmental science, with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for natural sciences managers

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for natural sciences managers? Below we see the distribution of natural sciences managers salaries based on the education attained. You may have noticed in the dashboard and elsewhere that BLS top-codes salaries. ACS also engages in a form of top-coding, but by looking at the broader field of natural sciences managers and using the ACS, we are able to see some of the higher salaries and can give a better idea of the range of salaries for this field. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as natural sciences managers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$80K$61K$70K$82K$126K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSome College (4%)Associate's Degree (3%)Bachelor's Degree (37%)Master's Degree (33%)Doctorate (19%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by natural sciences managers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as natural sciences managers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Natural sciences managers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
13.9%
$0$200K$63K
6.7%
$0$200K$53K
5.3%
$0$200K$73K
3.1%
$0$200K$60K
2.8%
$0$200K$92K
2.7%
$0$200K$54K
2.6%
$0$200K$97K
1.8%
$0$200K$60K
1.8%
$0$200K$86K
1.6%
$0$200K$89K
1.6%
$0$200K$70K
1.6%
$0$200K$65K
1.4%
$0$200K$87K
1.4%
$0$200K$67K
1.4%
$0$200K$63K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as natural sciences managers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by natural sciences managers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Physicians and surgeonsPostsecondary teachersManagers (specialized areas)Elementary and middle school teachersDentistsRegistered nursesPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersEducation administratorsChemists and materials scientistsChief executives and legislatorsSecondary school teachersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesManagement analystsAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersChemical engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Industrial engineersApplications and systems software developersCivil engineersSocial and community service managersEnvironmental scientists and geoscientistsElectrical and electronics engineersArchitectural and engineering managersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersBiologyPsychologyChemistryHistoryBusiness Management andAdministrationChemical EngineeringSociologyGeology and Earth ScienceElectrical EngineeringPolitical Science andGovernmentAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for natural sciences managers

What jobs will most natural sciences managers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of natural sciences managers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Managers (specialized areas)Biological scientistsNatural sciences managersArchitectural and engineering managersTraining and development managersEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsEnvironmental scientists and geoscientistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Education administratorsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansMarketing and sales managersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersCounselorsArchitectsPostsecondary teachersSocial and human service assistantsSpeech-language pathologists
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for natural sciences managers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 4 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as natural sciences managers as well as 1% of respondents after working as natural sciences managers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for natural sciences managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Environmental scientists and geoscientists
13,900
$0$200K$70K
Epidemiologists and Medical/Life Scientists
13,700
$0$200K$67K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for natural sciences managers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as natural sciences managers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of natural sciences managers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for natural sciences managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
159,200
$0$200K$29K
1.0%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
3.1%
Agricultural Managers
95,600
$0$200K$39K
1.4%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
20.3%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
2.8%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
10.3%
Computer and information systems managers
32,500
$0$200K$99K
4.6%
Office and administrative support workers
30,900
$0$200K$40K
7.4%
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
4.3%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
3.0%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
3.9%
Environmental scientists and geoscientists
13,900
$0$200K$70K
4.9%
Epidemiologists and Medical/Life Scientists
13,700
$0$200K$67K
2.5%
Industrial production managers
11,700
$0$200K$74K
3.7%
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
4.2%
Chemical technicians
6,600
$0$200K$51K
2.6%
Natural sciences managers
5,200
$0$200K$81K
7.0%
No occupation
10.9%
Read about natural sciences managers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (such as biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with equipment and materials suppliers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of natural sciences managers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly with a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.
Critical-thinking skills
Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.
Interpersonal skills
Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.
Leadership skills
Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.
Problem-solving skills
Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find answers to complex technical questions.
Time-management skills
Natural sciences managers must be able to perform multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for natural sciences managers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for natural sciences managers was higher than 97% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $124KAll jobs' median $39K$117K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K

Note: The salaries for natural sciences managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.

Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for natural sciences managers are anticipated to grow by 10% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 63% of other jobs.

The projected employment for natural sciences managers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most natural sciences managers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as natural sciences managers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Natural Sciences Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where natural sciences managers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for natural sciences managers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for natural sciences managers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Natural Sciences Managers to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which natural sciences managers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Natural sciences managers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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