Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-2031 Chemists

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Exclude "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042) and "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
79,910 1.9 % $34.97 $72,740 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.70 $24.01 $32.80 $44.10 $55.23
Annual Wage (2) $38,890 $49,940 $68,220 $91,720 $114,880


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 14,700 $39.83 $82,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 14,340 $33.99 $70,710
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,700 $29.24 $60,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,680 $49.08 $102,090
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,460 $34.24 $71,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,680 $49.08 $102,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 $48.60 $101,090
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 30 $40.67 $84,590
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 220 $40.11 $83,430
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 130 $39.91 $83,010


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Delaware 1,970 $42.48 $88,350 4.784
New Jersey 5,780 $36.80 $76,550 1.500
Maryland 3,570 $46.61 $96,950 1.427
Massachusetts 3,190 $40.26 $83,730 1.007
Indiana 2,510 $28.92 $60,150 0.900

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 330 $53.27 $110,810 0.520
Maryland 3,570 $46.61 $96,950 1.427
Delaware 1,970 $42.48 $88,350 4.784
New Mexico 170 $41.78 $86,900 0.213
Massachusetts 3,190 $40.26 $83,730 1.007


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,070 $42.28 $87,950 6.310
College Station-Bryan, TX 460 $22.80 $47,430 5.040
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 440 $43.88 $91,270 4.690
Pine Bluff, AR 120 $39.54 $82,240 3.404
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,870 $52.26 $108,710 3.358

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,870 $52.26 $108,710 3.358
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,370 $50.63 $105,310 0.596
Bakersfield, CA 130 $47.45 $98,690 0.476
Albuquerque, NM 120 $45.43 $94,500 0.311
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,910 $44.97 $93,530 1.492


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010