Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1022 Microbiologists

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
18,330 6.2 % $34.63 $72,030 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.84 $23.04 $31.69 $43.55 $55.63
Annual Wage (2) $39,180 $47,930 $65,920 $90,590 $115,720


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,100 0.83 $35.03 $72,860
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,710 1.67 $33.06 $68,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,580 0.13 $47.91 $99,650
State Government (OES Designation) 1,390 0.06 $25.10 $52,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,210 0.04 $25.97 $54,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,710 1.67 $33.06 $68,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,100 0.83 $35.03 $72,860
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 480 0.21 $39.84 $82,860
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 180 0.18 $33.16 $68,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,580 0.13 $47.91 $99,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,580 0.13 $47.91 $99,650
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 480 0.21 $39.84 $82,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 0.01 $39.84 $82,860
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 30 0.02 $36.92 $76,790
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 50 0.01 $36.03 $74,930


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,530 0.25 1.75 $39.53 $82,230
Massachusetts 1,720 0.55 3.81 $33.85 $70,410
Maryland 1,260 0.51 3.56 $48.13 $100,110
New York 960 0.12 0.80 $32.83 $68,280
North Carolina 650 0.17 1.20 $29.92 $62,240




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,720 0.55 3.81 $33.85 $70,410
Maryland 1,260 0.51 3.56 $48.13 $100,110
Montana 130 0.31 2.16 $31.81 $66,160
Delaware 100 0.25 1.76 $29.65 $61,680
California 3,530 0.25 1.75 $39.53 $82,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 90 0.14 0.95 $50.18 $104,370
Maryland 1,260 0.51 3.56 $48.13 $100,110
Georgia 640 0.17 1.19 $41.53 $86,380
Oregon 130 0.08 0.58 $40.02 $83,240
Illinois 200 0.04 0.25 $39.67 $82,520

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,370 0.83 5.73 $34.32 $71,390
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.17 8.13 $46.19 $96,070
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 980 0.79 5.47 $36.45 $75,820
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 10.79 $52.26 $108,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.24 1.66 $45.50 $94,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 540 0.25 1.70 $41.53 $86,380
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 430 0.09 0.60 $37.28 $77,540
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.44 3.06 $38.99 $81,100
Durham, NC 380 1.43 9.89 $34.30 $71,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.60 $32.25 $67,070




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 10.79 $52.26 $108,700
Durham, NC 380 1.43 9.89 $34.30 $71,350
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.24 8.60 $42.04 $87,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.17 8.13 $46.19 $96,070
Madison, WI 280 0.86 5.97 $26.68 $55,490
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,370 0.83 5.73 $34.32 $71,390
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 980 0.79 5.47 $36.45 $75,820
Worcester, MA-CT 170 0.70 4.85 $32.17 $66,910
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.44 3.06 $38.99 $81,100
Lincoln, NE 50 0.34 2.35 $35.45 $73,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 10.79 $52.26 $108,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.17 8.13 $46.19 $96,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.24 1.66 $45.50 $94,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.12 0.82 $43.70 $90,900
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.24 8.60 $42.04 $87,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 540 0.25 1.70 $41.53 $86,380
Huntsville, AL 50 0.24 1.66 $40.63 $84,520
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.04 0.24 $40.08 $83,370
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 50 0.33 2.30 $39.04 $81,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.44 3.06 $38.99 $81,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.08 7.49 (8) (8)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 7.97 $27.86 $57,950
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.25 $23.33 $48,530
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.26 $18.53 $38,540
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.49 $29.58 $61,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 7.97 $27.86 $57,950
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.08 7.49 (8) (8)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.26 $18.53 $38,540
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.25 $23.33 $48,530
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.49 $29.58 $61,530

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.49 $29.58 $61,530
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 7.97 $27.86 $57,950
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.25 $23.33 $48,530
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.26 $18.53 $38,540


About May 2010 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 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011