Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-4031 Chemical Technicians

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.


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)
63,880 2.2 % $22.40 $46,590 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.75 $16.05 $20.82 $27.45 $34.39
Annual Wage (2) $26,520 $33,390 $43,310 $57,090 $71,530


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,580 1.17 $19.19 $39,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,870 1.25 $24.86 $51,710
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,790 4.03 $25.47 $52,980
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,530 1.99 $22.64 $47,090
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,470 2.72 $26.20 $54,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,790 4.03 $25.47 $52,980
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 1,820 3.18 $22.73 $47,270
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,470 2.72 $26.20 $54,490
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,920 2.33 $23.85 $49,610
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,530 1.99 $22.64 $47,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $32.00 $66,560
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 700 0.18 $30.71 $63,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 90 0.05 $30.33 $63,090
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 160 0.06 $27.71 $57,640
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,740 1.57 $27.67 $57,560


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)
Texas 5,850 0.54 1.11 $25.11 $52,230
New Jersey 4,950 1.29 2.69 $26.81 $55,770
California 4,900 0.33 0.69 $22.21 $46,190
Pennsylvania 4,210 0.75 1.56 $21.33 $44,360
New York 4,170 0.48 1.00 $22.56 $46,920




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 810 1.96 4.07 $29.32 $60,990
New Jersey 4,950 1.29 2.69 $26.81 $55,770
Wyoming 300 1.06 2.21 $22.46 $46,710
Louisiana 1,810 0.96 1.99 $26.62 $55,360
Utah 1,100 0.88 1.83 $19.49 $40,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 810 1.96 4.07 $29.32 $60,990
New Jersey 4,950 1.29 2.69 $26.81 $55,770
Louisiana 1,810 0.96 1.99 $26.62 $55,360
Alaska 90 0.28 0.57 $26.23 $54,550
North Dakota 80 0.18 0.38 $25.22 $52,460





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,980 0.57 1.18 $21.99 $45,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,940 1.07 2.21 $26.92 $56,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.53 1.10 $17.92 $37,270
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,890 1.03 2.13 $21.36 $44,430
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,290 1.32 2.74 $22.45 $46,700
Pittsburgh, PA 1,200 1.06 2.21 $21.04 $43,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.29 0.60 $22.20 $46,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,130 0.64 1.34 $25.22 $52,460
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 910 2.78 5.78 $29.17 $60,670
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 850 0.84 1.74 $19.35 $40,240




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)
Lake Charles, LA 330 3.76 7.80 $26.79 $55,710
Greenville, NC 230 3.09 6.42 $22.34 $46,470
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 910 2.78 5.78 $29.17 $60,670
Ann Arbor, MI 460 2.29 4.76 $19.09 $39,710
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 340 2.19 4.55 $32.44 $67,470
Sheboygan, WI 110 2.05 4.25 $23.54 $48,960
Baton Rouge, LA 740 2.03 4.21 $28.21 $58,670
Cleveland, TN 70 1.92 3.98 $28.65 $59,600
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 110 1.81 3.75 $18.64 $38,780
Danbury, CT 120 1.77 3.68 $22.31 $46,410