Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.


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)
72,740 2.2 % $20.48 $42,600 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.15 $15.05 $19.11 $24.63 $31.19
Annual Wage (2) $25,280 $31,310 $39,750 $51,230 $64,880


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,770 0.68 $20.45 $42,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 18,640 2.96 $21.67 $45,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,960 0.54 $17.83 $37,090
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,420 2.40 $23.76 $49,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,560 0.07 $19.60 $40,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 18,640 2.96 $21.67 $45,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,420 2.40 $23.76 $49,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,770 0.68 $20.45 $42,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,960 0.54 $17.83 $37,090
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 980 0.42 $18.54 $38,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 390 0.02 $30.54 $63,510
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.09 $25.42 $52,880
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,420 2.40 $23.76 $49,410
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 120 0.05 $22.65 $47,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 870 0.02 $22.38 $46,550


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 10,630 0.74 1.33 $22.91 $47,660
Massachusetts 5,730 1.79 3.21 $21.79 $45,320
Pennsylvania 3,820 0.68 1.22 $21.49 $44,700
Maryland 3,810 1.52 2.72 $23.44 $48,750
New York 3,520 0.41 0.74 $19.97 $41,550




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 5,730 1.79 3.21 $21.79 $45,320
Maryland 3,810 1.52 2.72 $23.44 $48,750
Montana 650 1.50 2.68 $17.09 $35,540
Idaho 750 1.26 2.26 $15.22 $31,660
Oregon 1,980 1.23 2.20 $18.40 $38,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 2,450 0.65 1.16 $24.82 $51,630
Connecticut 1,100 0.68 1.21 $24.24 $50,410
Maryland 3,810 1.52 2.72 $23.44 $48,750
Minnesota 1,070 0.41 0.73 $23.09 $48,020
California 10,630 0.74 1.33 $22.91 $47,660





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 4,390 2.57 4.60 $22.00 $45,750
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,210 1.75 3.14 $22.06 $45,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,080 1.14 2.04 $24.12 $50,160
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,980 1.41 2.52 $21.44 $44,590
Ann Arbor, MI 1,860 9.61 17.20 $17.55 $36,510
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,860 1.51 2.70 $22.10 $45,960
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,750 0.66 1.18 $18.75 $38,990
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,520 2.72 4.86 $25.45 $52,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.37 0.66 $22.52 $46,850
Pittsburgh, PA 1,380 1.22 2.19 $18.24 $37,930




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)
Corvallis, OR 360 10.73 19.22 $17.84 $37,100
Ann Arbor, MI 1,860 9.61 17.20 $17.55 $36,510
Ames, IA 320 8.05 14.42 $18.70 $38,900
Lafayette, IN 300 3.50 6.27 $17.91 $37,260
Idaho Falls, ID 160 3.37 6.04 $12.85 $26,720
Madison, WI 1,020 3.04 5.45 $19.11 $39,740
Manhattan, KS 140 2.84 5.09 (8) (8)
Auburn-Opelika, AL 130 2.78 4.99 $21.43 $44,570
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.73 4.89 $19.56 $40,690
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,520 2.72 4.86 $25.45 $52,940




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.26 2.25 $32.83 $68,290
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.08 0.15 $29.58 $61,520
Bloomington, IN 40 0.48 0.86 $29.16 $60,660
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 230 0.29 0.52 $28.12 $58,490
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $27.93 $58,100
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 140 0.26 0.47 $26.74 $55,620
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 50 0.33 0.59 $26.57 $55,270
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,520 2.72 4.86 $25.45 $52,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,360 1.40 2.51 $24.93 $51,860
Charlottesville, VA 140 1.49 2.68 $24.91 $51,810

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 330 2.16 3.87 $14.88 $30,950
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 3.78 6.78 $15.41 $32,040
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 160 1.53 2.74 $15.99 $33,260
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 1.66 2.96 $16.19 $33,660
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 2.53 4.53 $18.09 $37,630

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 Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 3.78 6.78 $15.41 $32,040
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 2.53 4.53 $18.09 $37,630
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 2.21 3.95 $16.16 $33,610
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 330 2.16 3.87 $14.88 $30,950
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.01 3.59 $17.50 $36,410

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.23 $22.16 $46,100
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.56 1.01 $19.98 $41,550
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.38 0.68 $19.93 $41,460
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 0.50 $19.72 $41,020
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 1.23 $19.64 $40,850


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013