Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
84,720 1.8 % $37.43 $77,860 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.77 $25.18 $34.26 $46.88 $60.31
Annual Wage (2) $41,110 $52,370 $71,260 $97,510 $125,450


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)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 14,390 5.11 $36.83 $76,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,890 2.15 $43.33 $90,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,150 0.73 $31.13 $64,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,540 0.28 $51.93 $108,010
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,870 3.28 $35.86 $74,600

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 14,390 5.11 $36.83 $76,610
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,220 3.65 $35.93 $74,730
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,870 3.28 $35.86 $74,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,890 2.15 $43.33 $90,130
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2,200 2.11 $34.95 $72,710

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 (8) (8) $60.92 $126,710
Waste Collection 40 0.02 $53.46 $111,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,540 0.28 $51.93 $108,010
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.06 $49.92 $103,830
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 (7) $49.01 $101,930


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 12,050 0.78 1.27 $40.67 $84,600
Texas 6,230 0.54 0.88 $34.46 $71,670
Pennsylvania 5,510 0.97 1.57 $34.75 $72,280
New Jersey 5,290 1.35 2.20 $40.22 $83,650
New York 4,320 0.48 0.78 $37.97 $78,970



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 5,290 1.35 2.20 $40.22 $83,650
Maryland 3,070 1.18 1.92 $51.29 $106,690
Pennsylvania 5,510 0.97 1.57 $34.75 $72,280
Massachusetts 3,160 0.93 1.51 $38.13 $79,300
North Carolina 3,500 0.85 1.38 $35.12 $73,040



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 280 0.42 0.68 $56.54 $117,610
Maryland 3,070 1.18 1.92 $51.29 $106,690
Virginia 1,560 0.42 0.69 $42.99 $89,430
Alaska 170 0.53 0.86 $41.33 $85,960
California 12,050 0.78 1.27 $40.67 $84,600




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,020 0.62 1.01 $39.89 $82,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,040 1.04 1.69 $35.18 $73,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,420 0.59 0.96 $34.84 $72,460
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,220 1.92 3.13 $41.38 $86,080
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 2,160 2.14 3.48 $37.15 $77,280
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,080 1.18 1.92 $39.08 $81,290
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,010 1.97 3.21 $49.60 $103,160
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,730 3.01 4.90 $56.08 $116,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.46 0.75 $37.83 $78,680
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,420 1.05 1.70 $40.70 $84,660



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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,020 3.55 5.78 $39.51 $82,180
College Station-Bryan, TX 320 3.16 5.15 $24.13 $50,180
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,730 3.01 4.90 $56.08 $116,650
Columbia, MO 260 2.87 4.67 $27.86 $57,940
Boulder, CO 480 2.80 4.55 $40.24 $83,710
Lancaster, PA 630 2.73 4.45 $26.66 $55,440
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 770 2.60 4.23 $34.04 $70,800
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 920 2.32 3.77 (8) (8)
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 2,160 2.14 3.48 $37.15 $77,280
Athens-Clarke County, GA 160 2.03 3.30 $37.10 $77,160