Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
31,350 4.9 % $44.21 $91,960 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.26 $28.12 $40.84 $55.48 $71.70
Annual Wage (2) $44,220 $58,490 $84,940 $115,390 $149,130


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 16,390 2.58 $46.12 $95,930
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,490 1.65 $44.43 $92,420
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,410 0.15 $33.17 $68,990
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,170 0.05 $54.18 $112,690
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 780 0.54 $37.82 $78,660

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 16,390 2.58 $46.12 $95,930
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,490 1.65 $44.43 $92,420
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 460 1.28 (8) (8)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 780 0.54 $37.82 $78,660
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 660 0.34 $54.35 $113,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $60.95 $126,770
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.08 $59.62 $124,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 270 0.01 $56.93 $118,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 510 0.04 $54.68 $113,730
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 660 0.34 $54.35 $113,050


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 5,140 0.34 1.47 $50.91 $105,880
New Jersey 3,460 0.89 3.86 $56.43 $117,370
New York 2,260 0.26 1.10 $35.27 $73,350
Maryland 1,900 0.74 3.20 $38.96 $81,030
Pennsylvania 1,750 0.31 1.33 $48.84 $101,580



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 3,460 0.89 3.86 $56.43 $117,370
Maryland 1,900 0.74 3.20 $38.96 $81,030
Delaware 210 0.48 2.09 $44.35 $92,250
Missouri 1,160 0.43 1.87 $41.26 $85,820
California 5,140 0.34 1.47 $50.91 $105,880



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 3,460 0.89 3.86 $56.43 $117,370
California 5,140 0.34 1.47 $50.91 $105,880
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $50.70 $105,450
Pennsylvania 1,750 0.31 1.33 $48.84 $101,580
Indiana 770 0.26 1.14 $47.68 $99,170




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 3,180 1.77 7.63 $51.25 $106,590
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.78 3.37 (8) (8)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,440 1.50 6.46 $57.72 $120,050
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,350 1.02 4.41 $43.12 $89,690
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.24 1.02 $41.59 $86,500
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.09 4.71 $54.10 $112,530
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.82 7.85 $40.65 $84,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.91 3.93 $54.98 $114,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 690 0.71 3.05 $53.17 $110,600
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 680 0.72 3.11 $48.10 $100,040



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 180 2.27 9.80 $27.84 $57,900
Ithaca, NY 100 2.07 8.93 $36.48 $75,870
Boulder, CO 310 1.86 8.02 $38.13 $79,310
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 300 1.84 7.93 $45.19 $93,990
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.82 7.85 $40.65 $84,550
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,180 1.77 7.63 $51.25 $106,590
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,440 1.50 6.46 $57.72 $120,050
Madison, WI 440 1.26 5.44 $33.82 $70,340
Charlottesville, VA 110 1.17 5.03 (8) (8)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 320 1.11 4.79 $46.50 $96,720



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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30 0.03 0.12 $74.00 $153,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $63.44 $131,950
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,440 1.50 6.46 $57.72 $120,050
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.33 1.41 $56.97 $118,490
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 50 0.08 0.33 $55.33 $115,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.19 0.82 $55.30 $115,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.91 3.93 $54.98 $114,360
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.09 4.71 $54.10 $112,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 690 0.71 3.05 $53.17 $110,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.08 $52.96 $110,150

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 New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 2.96 $38.70 $80,500

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 2.96 $38.70 $80,500

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 2.96 $38.70 $80,500
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.06 $39,650


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015