Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
87,560 2.2 % $37.37 $77,740 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.88 $25.41 $34.79 $46.68 $59.05
Annual Wage (2) $41,350 $52,850 $72,350 $97,100 $122,830


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 17,230 2.73 $42.28 $87,940
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 15,380 5.54 $36.63 $76,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,790 0.73 $30.38 $63,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,600 0.28 $50.69 $105,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,510 0.15 $31.74 $66,020

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 15,380 5.54 $36.63 $76,190
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,020 3.53 $36.75 $76,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 17,230 2.73 $42.28 $87,940
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,730 2.60 $37.49 $77,970
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,160 2.37 $43.96 $91,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.03 $53.25 $110,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,600 0.28 $50.69 $105,430
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 90 0.23 $45.85 $95,360
Other Support Services (8) (8) $44.92 $93,430
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 120 0.01 $44.54 $92,640


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 13,250 0.90 1.36 $38.46 $79,990
Pennsylvania 5,920 1.05 1.60 $38.46 $80,000
New Jersey 5,740 1.50 2.27 $41.73 $86,800
Texas 4,700 0.43 0.65 $32.89 $68,400
New York 4,080 0.47 0.72 $37.28 $77,530




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 3,460 8.38 12.70 $44.64 $92,850
New Jersey 5,740 1.50 2.27 $41.73 $86,800
Maryland 3,240 1.28 1.94 $52.06 $108,290
Massachusetts 3,760 1.15 1.75 $38.80 $80,700
Pennsylvania 5,920 1.05 1.60 $38.46 $80,000




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 310 0.47 0.70 $52.63 $109,460
Maryland 3,240 1.28 1.94 $52.06 $108,290
Delaware 3,460 8.38 12.70 $44.64 $92,850
Minnesota 1,660 0.62 0.93 $43.16 $89,780
New Jersey 5,740 1.50 2.27 $41.73 $86,800





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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,730 2.03 3.07 $41.98 $87,310
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,450 10.61 16.07 $44.79 $93,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,840 0.72 1.08 $32.31 $67,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,710 0.52 0.78 $42.12 $87,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,550 1.46 2.21 $38.17 $79,390
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,300 0.83 1.26 $34.96 $72,720
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 2,140 2.18 3.30 $39.33 $81,800
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,060 1.97 2.98 $48.48 $100,830
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,830 1.42 2.15 $43.16 $89,770
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,770 3.16 4.78 $58.06 $120,770




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 3,450 10.61 16.07 $44.79 $93,150
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 590 5.96 9.03 $44.75 $93,070
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,210 4.38 6.63 $43.80 $91,110
Pine Bluff, AR 130 3.83 5.79 $42.82 $89,070
College Station-Bryan, TX 370 3.83 5.79 $22.54 $46,890
Bloomington, IN 260 3.55 5.38 $30.89 $64,260
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,770 3.16 4.78 $58.06 $120,770
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 390 3.00 4.54 $31.55 $65,630
Boulder, CO 440 2.68 4.06 $37.55 $78,110
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 890 2.35 3.56 $36.40 $75,710




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 1,770 3.16 4.78 $58.06 $120,770
Green Bay, WI 40 0.24 0.37 $57.51 $119,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.47 0.71 $52.77 $109,770
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 250 1.54 2.33 $50.68 $105,410
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $50.31 $104,640
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,060 1.97 2.98 $48.48 $100,830
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,730 1.81 2.74 $46.37 $96,460
New Haven, CT 450 1.64 2.48 $45.66 $94,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,400 0.78 1.18 $45.31 $94,250
Pueblo, CO 40 0.65 0.99 $45.07 $93,740

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 North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 340 1.15 1.74 $32.17 $66,910
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 280 1.02 1.55 $31.26 $65,010
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.48 0.72 $27.62 $57,450
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 1.02 1.54 $28.12 $58,480
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 1.06 1.61 $30.02 $62,440

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 340 1.15 1.74 $32.17 $66,910
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 1.06 1.61 $30.02 $62,440
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 280 1.02 1.55 $31.26 $65,010
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 1.02 1.54 $28.12 $58,480
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.98 1.48 $25.75 $53,570

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.20 0.30 $48.66 $101,220
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 0.97 $45.53 $94,710
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 0.64 $44.48 $92,520
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 0.57 $43.57 $90,620
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 0.57 $43.32 $90,110


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014