Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-1021 Biochemists and Biophysicists

Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.


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)
30,800 4.6 % $44.90 $93,390 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.46 $28.18 $39.50 $55.60 $73.95
Annual Wage (2) $44,640 $58,620 $82,150 $115,640 $153,810


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 15,580 2.41 $46.89 $97,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,480 1.59 $42.00 $87,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,930 0.13 $32.60 $67,800
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 890 0.07 $65.71 $136,680
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 750 0.50 $39.30 $81,750

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 15,580 2.41 $46.89 $97,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,480 1.59 $42.00 $87,370
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 430 1.16 (8) (8)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 750 0.50 $39.30 $81,750
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.26 $56.83 $118,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 890 0.07 $65.71 $136,680
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 160 0.12 $61.49 $127,900
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.26 $56.83 $118,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 230 (7) $56.19 $116,880
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 330 0.08 $55.20 $114,810


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 5,040 0.33 1.46 $54.04 $112,410
New Jersey 3,170 0.81 3.63 $54.49 $113,340
New York 1,980 0.22 0.99 $39.14 $81,400
Maryland 1,570 0.60 2.70 $40.37 $83,970
Pennsylvania 1,240 0.22 0.97 $43.44 $90,350



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)
New Jersey 3,170 0.81 3.63 $54.49 $113,340
Maryland 1,570 0.60 2.70 $40.37 $83,970
Delaware 180 0.42 1.87 $41.78 $86,890
Missouri 1,080 0.40 1.78 $39.41 $81,980
Minnesota 1,080 0.39 1.74 $35.51 $73,860



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 310 0.19 0.85 $56.50 $117,530
New Jersey 3,170 0.81 3.63 $54.49 $113,340
California 5,040 0.33 1.46 $54.04 $112,410
Ohio 490 0.09 0.42 $51.53 $107,180
Indiana 750 0.25 1.14 $47.88 $99,580




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-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,370 1.35 6.03 $50.01 $104,020
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,750 1.52 6.78 $55.91 $116,300
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.24 1.06 $45.63 $94,920
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,240 0.91 4.10 $46.25 $96,210
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.21 5.42 $56.21 $116,920
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.51 2.27 $34.62 $72,010
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.87 3.89 $63.07 $131,180
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 860 0.85 3.81 $44.10 $91,720
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 810 1.41 6.29 $41.91 $87,180
St. Louis, MO-IL 760 0.57 2.57 $38.72 $80,530



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)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 190 2.40 10.74 $28.96 $60,240
Ithaca, NY 100 2.10 9.39 $37.35 $77,690
Worcester, MA-CT 560 2.04 9.16 $40.49 $84,210
Boulder, CO 300 1.72 7.72 $34.70 $72,170
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,750 1.52 6.78 $55.91 $116,300
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 810 1.41 6.29 $41.91 $87,180
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,370 1.35 6.03 $50.01 $104,020
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 230 1.34 5.99 $41.17 $85,630
Madison, WI 460 1.23 5.52 $30.30 $63,020
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.21 5.42 $56.21 $116,920



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)
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 140 0.25 1.13 $66.51 $138,350
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.87 3.89 $63.07 $131,180
Trenton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $58.75 $122,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 530 0.53 2.36 $56.25 $117,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.21 5.42 $56.21 $116,920
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,750 1.52 6.78 $55.91 $116,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.10 0.45 $55.56 $115,570
Rochester, NY 60 0.11 0.49 $53.68 $111,660
Charlottesville, VA 120 1.11 4.96 $53.15 $110,540
Austin-Round Rock, TX 280 0.30 1.36 $52.24 $108,650

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 3.19 $34.77 $72,330

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 3.19 $34.77 $72,330

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 3.19 $34.77 $72,330
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.30 $40,140


About May 2015 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016