Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-2031 Chemists

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Excludes "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042) and "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).


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)
85,970 2.0 % $38.05 $79,140 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.98 $25.68 $35.33 $47.77 $60.68
Annual Wage (2) $41,560 $53,420 $73,480 $99,360 $126,220


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 16,240 2.56 $43.36 $90,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 14,480 5.31 $38.21 $79,470
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,680 0.71 $30.77 $64,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,510 0.28 $51.55 $107,220
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,400 3.04 $35.77 $74,410

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 14,480 5.31 $38.21 $79,470
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,000 3.49 $37.71 $78,430
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,400 3.04 $35.77 $74,410
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,380 2.58 $44.33 $92,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 16,240 2.56 $43.36 $90,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.05 $56.60 $117,730
Waste Collection 30 0.02 $52.87 $109,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,510 0.28 $51.55 $107,220
Oil and Gas Extraction 140 0.07 $45.31 $94,250
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 100 0.01 $45.08 $93,780


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 12,750 0.84 1.33 $39.44 $82,030
Texas 5,680 0.51 0.79 $34.68 $72,130
Pennsylvania 5,670 1.00 1.57 $38.77 $80,630
New Jersey 5,230 1.35 2.12 $42.02 $87,390
Ohio 3,940 0.76 1.19 $33.88 $70,460



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)
Delaware 3,380 7.98 12.54 $45.27 $94,170
New Jersey 5,230 1.35 2.12 $42.02 $87,390
Maryland 3,130 1.22 1.92 $51.66 $107,460
Massachusetts 3,490 1.05 1.65 $39.20 $81,540
Pennsylvania 5,670 1.00 1.57 $38.77 $80,630



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 290 0.43 0.68 $54.74 $113,860
Maryland 3,130 1.22 1.92 $51.66 $107,460
Delaware 3,380 7.98 12.54 $45.27 $94,170
Alaska 70 0.22 0.35 $45.02 $93,640
Minnesota 1,720 0.63 0.99 $44.91 $93,410




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)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,370 9.98 15.69 $45.41 $94,440
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,300 1.77 2.79 $42.57 $88,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.66 1.03 $33.51 $69,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,600 0.92 1.44 $36.25 $75,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,270 1.26 1.99 $39.59 $82,350
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 2,220 2.22 3.48 $41.17 $85,640
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,180 2.01 3.15 $47.98 $99,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.38 0.59 $39.69 $82,550
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,790 3.17 4.98 $56.35 $117,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,780 1.34 2.11 $43.29 $90,050



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)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,370 9.98 15.69 $45.41 $94,440
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 470 4.74 7.46 (8) (8)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 980 3.43 5.39 $44.78 $93,130
College Station-Bryan, TX 340 3.41 5.36 $22.57 $46,940
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,790 3.17 4.98 $56.35 $117,220
Boulder, CO 510 3.06 4.81 $38.96 $81,040
Columbia, MO 260 2.82 4.43 $27.78 $57,770
New Haven, CT 720 2.60 4.09 $46.56 $96,840
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 1,010 2.55 4.01 $46.06 $95,800
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 310 2.39 3.76 $37.90 $78,820



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-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,790 3.17 4.98 $56.35 $117,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.45 0.71 $54.96 $114,320
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 350 2.18 3.43 $48.12 $100,080
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,180 2.01 3.15 $47.98 $99,800
New Haven, CT 720 2.60 4.09 $46.56 $96,840
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.57 2.47 $46.30 $96,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,560 0.86 1.34 $46.23 $96,160
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 150 0.18 0.28 $46.21 $96,110
Evansville, IN-KY 220 1.28 2.01 $46.17 $96,020
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 1,010 2.55 4.01 $46.06 $95,800

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 310 1.12 1.75 $32.35 $67,290
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.50 0.79 $28.19 $58,640
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.48 0.75 $35.54 $73,920
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.93 1.46 $38.12 $79,290
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 3.11 $48.83 $101,570

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 3.11 $48.83 $101,570
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 310 1.12 1.75 $32.35 $67,290
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.93 1.46 $38.12 $79,290
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 1.15 $25.63 $53,320
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.70 1.09 $27.80 $57,820

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)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 1.10 $49.48 $102,910
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 3.11 $48.83 $101,570
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.85 $91,200
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 0.53 $43.69 $90,870
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.60 $90,700


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