Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
21,210 5.0 % $36.65 $76,230 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.66 $23.55 $32.47 $46.59 $60.19
Annual Wage (2) $38,810 $48,980 $67,550 $96,900 $125,200


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 5,470 0.85 $40.74 $84,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,110 1.46 $35.88 $74,630
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,380 0.12 $50.10 $104,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,150 0.07 $26.65 $55,440
State Government (OES Designation) 1,320 0.06 $27.26 $56,700

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 4,110 1.46 $35.88 $74,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,470 0.85 $40.74 $84,730
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 190 0.18 $30.91 $64,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,380 0.12 $50.10 $104,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,190 0.09 $30.33 $63,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $50.28 $104,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,380 0.12 $50.10 $104,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,470 0.85 $40.74 $84,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises 360 0.02 $39.46 $82,080
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing (8) (8) $38.94 $81,000


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 4,960 0.32 2.08 $44.31 $92,160
Massachusetts 1,910 0.56 3.65 $32.92 $68,470
Maryland 1,880 0.73 4.72 $45.03 $93,650
New York 1,500 0.17 1.08 $37.62 $78,250
Pennsylvania 1,120 0.20 1.27 $35.59 $74,020



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)
Maryland 1,880 0.73 4.72 $45.03 $93,650
Massachusetts 1,910 0.56 3.65 $32.92 $68,470
California 4,960 0.32 2.08 $44.31 $92,160
Montana 130 0.29 1.90 $36.07 $75,030
South Dakota 80 0.20 1.29 $26.46 $55,040



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 (8) (8) (8) $54.68 $113,730
Maryland 1,880 0.73 4.72 $45.03 $93,650
California 4,960 0.32 2.08 $44.31 $92,160
Connecticut 160 0.10 0.62 $44.10 $91,720
Georgia 790 0.19 1.24 $41.11 $85,500




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.35 8.76 $53.00 $110,230
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,360 2.37 15.38 $44.81 $93,200
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,210 0.68 4.45 $35.91 $74,700
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,050 0.78 5.06 $46.46 $96,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 580 0.23 1.53 $41.56 $86,430
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.57 3.68 $37.78 $78,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.14 0.91 $35.50 $73,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.08 0.51 $35.02 $72,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.18 1.14 $45.75 $95,160
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.27 1.79 $39.42 $81,990



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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,360 2.37 15.38 $44.81 $93,200
Ames, IA 100 2.23 14.50 $42.51 $88,410
Pine Bluff, AR 60 1.93 12.56 $45.43 $94,490
Athens-Clarke County, GA 130 1.67 10.87 $39.03 $81,180
Dover, DE 90 1.48 9.61 $31.53 $65,590
Ithaca, NY 70 1.40 9.09 $31.59 $65,710
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.35 8.76 $53.00 $110,230
Charlottesville, VA 100 0.94 6.12 $48.25 $100,360
Worcester, MA-CT 230 0.84 5.43 $25.28 $52,580
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,050 0.78 5.06 $46.46 $96,640



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)
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 1.66 $55.42 $115,270
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.35 8.76 $53.00 $110,230
Charlottesville, VA 100 0.94 6.12 $48.25 $100,360
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,050 0.78 5.06 $46.46 $96,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.18 1.14 $45.75 $95,160
Pine Bluff, AR 60 1.93 12.56 $45.43 $94,490
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,360 2.37 15.38 $44.81 $93,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 220 0.22 1.44 $43.59 $90,660
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $43.07 $89,580
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.20 1.28 $42.82 $89,070

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.10 7.16 $45.50 $94,630
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.28 $21.42 $44,550
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.44 $32.55 $67,700
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.04 $25.25 $52,520
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.61 $33.75 $70,190

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.10 7.16 $45.50 $94,630
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.28 $21.42 $44,550
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.04 $25.25 $52,520
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.61 $33.75 $70,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.44 $32.55 $67,700

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.10 7.16 $45.50 $94,630
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.75 $76,450
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.61 $33.75 $70,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.44 $32.55 $67,700
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.04 $25.25 $52,520


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.

(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