Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.


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)
72,640 2.4 % $21.45 $44,610 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.64 $15.67 $19.85 $25.62 $32.65
Annual Wage (2) $26,300 $32,590 $41,290 $53,300 $67,920


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 21,710 3.42 $22.92 $47,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,030 0.58 $20.48 $42,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,960 0.45 $19.03 $39,580
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,130 2.25 $24.65 $51,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,030 0.08 $20.63 $42,910

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 21,710 3.42 $22.92 $47,680
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,130 2.25 $24.65 $51,280
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 360 1.00 $23.22 $48,290
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,030 0.58 $20.48 $42,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,960 0.45 $19.03 $39,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 720 0.06 $30.01 $62,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $29.98 $62,370
Offices of Physicians 540 0.02 $27.26 $56,690
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,130 2.25 $24.65 $51,280
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.09 $24.17 $50,280


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 11,850 0.78 1.46 $25.41 $52,860
Massachusetts 4,670 1.41 2.62 $22.89 $47,610
Pennsylvania 4,140 0.73 1.36 $22.55 $46,910
Texas 3,620 0.32 0.60 $20.50 $42,650
Maryland 3,470 1.36 2.52 $23.59 $49,080



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)
Oregon 2,390 1.42 2.64 $18.53 $38,530
Massachusetts 4,670 1.41 2.62 $22.89 $47,610
Maryland 3,470 1.36 2.52 $23.59 $49,080
Montana 590 1.33 2.47 $17.22 $35,810
Alaska 400 1.23 2.29 $19.94 $41,480



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 860 0.52 0.97 $25.90 $53,870
California 11,850 0.78 1.46 $25.41 $52,860
Minnesota 1,050 0.38 0.71 $24.03 $49,970
Maryland 3,470 1.36 2.52 $23.59 $49,080
Massachusetts 4,670 1.41 2.62 $22.89 $47,610




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 3,600 2.01 3.73 $23.09 $48,040
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,740 2.07 3.86 $26.03 $54,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.40 2.61 $24.14 $50,210
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,920 1.45 2.69 $22.70 $47,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.28 2.39 $22.17 $46,110
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.76 3.27 $33.22 $69,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.45 0.83 $23.46 $48,800
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 1,810 1.93 3.59 $21.75 $45,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,530 0.54 1.00 $20.39 $42,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.27 0.50 $21.40 $44,500



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)
Corvallis, OR 270 8.13 15.12 $18.71 $38,910
Ames, IA 240 5.72 10.64 $20.95 $43,580
Ithaca, NY 260 5.18 9.64 $20.34 $42,300
Athens-Clarke County, GA 390 4.93 9.17 $22.69 $47,200
Flagstaff, AZ 210 3.71 6.89 $18.81 $39,120
Charlottesville, VA 320 3.28 6.10 $18.05 $37,550
Madison, WI 980 2.81 5.24 $19.99 $41,580
Auburn-Opelika, AL 150 2.80 5.22 $22.19 $46,150
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 80 2.11 3.93 $17.75 $36,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,740 2.07 3.86 $26.03 $54,130



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)
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 100 0.26 0.49 $37.19 $77,350
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.76 3.27 $33.22 $69,110
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.76 $61,890
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 0.29 $29.48 $61,320
Colorado Springs, CO 50 0.18 0.34 $28.47 $59,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 0.76 1.41 $28.19 $58,630
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 960 1.70 3.17 $27.99 $58,220
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 530 0.60 1.12 $27.13 $56,420
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.85 1.57 $27.06 $56,280
Salt Lake City, UT 360 0.55 1.02 $26.53 $55,190

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 280 1.72 3.21 $15.66 $32,580
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.99 3.71 $17.69 $36,790
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 3.13 5.82 $17.67 $36,750
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 200 3.50 6.51 $15.76 $32,780
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.19 2.22 $17.35 $36,090

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 200 3.50 6.51 $15.76 $32,780
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 3.13 5.82 $17.67 $36,750
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 2.86 5.32 $15.87 $33,000
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.67 4.97 $21.00 $43,680
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.45 4.55 $18.46 $38,390

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 0.36 $21.49 $44,700
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.67 4.97 $21.00 $43,680
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.03 $41,660
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.00 $41,590
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 0.64 1.19 $19.90 $41,380


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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