Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
63,760 1.6 % $22.78 $47,390 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.03 $16.34 $21.24 $27.97 $35.17
Annual Wage (2) $27,100 $33,990 $44,180 $58,170 $73,160


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 15,080 1.11 $19.76 $41,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,000 1.10 $25.16 $52,340
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,560 2.04 $22.71 $47,230
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,540 3.83 $25.40 $52,830
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,600 2.82 $27.26 $56,700

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 5,540 3.83 $25.40 $52,830
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 1,720 2.99 $23.29 $48,430
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,600 2.82 $27.26 $56,700
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,890 2.29 $24.24 $50,420
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,560 2.04 $22.71 $47,230

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) $32.88 $68,380
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 710 0.18 $31.82 $66,190
Support Activities for Mining 320 0.08 $29.21 $60,750
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,730 1.57 $28.57 $59,420
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 40 0.02 $28.52 $59,320


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 6,220 0.55 1.17 $24.79 $51,560
California 5,140 0.34 0.72 $22.84 $47,510
New Jersey 4,160 1.07 2.28 $25.38 $52,800
Pennsylvania 4,110 0.73 1.54 $21.72 $45,190
Ohio 4,100 0.79 1.67 $20.94 $43,560



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 920 2.18 4.62 $29.94 $62,280
Wyoming 380 1.35 2.86 $22.16 $46,090
New Jersey 4,160 1.07 2.28 $25.38 $52,800
Louisiana 1,830 0.96 2.03 $28.18 $58,610
Ohio 4,100 0.79 1.67 $20.94 $43,560



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 920 2.18 4.62 $29.94 $62,280
Alaska 110 0.35 0.73 $29.76 $61,900
Louisiana 1,830 0.96 2.03 $28.18 $58,610
New Jersey 4,160 1.07 2.28 $25.38 $52,800
Massachusetts 1,920 0.58 1.22 $25.27 $52,550




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,850 1.00 2.13 $27.42 $57,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,310 0.43 0.91 $23.45 $48,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,900 1.02 2.17 $21.66 $45,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.34 0.73 $22.96 $47,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.29 0.61 $22.34 $46,470
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,100 0.60 1.28 $24.94 $51,870
Pittsburgh, PA 1,090 0.96 2.04 $21.53 $44,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,080 0.60 1.27 $25.97 $54,020
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,070 1.07 2.27 $22.56 $46,930
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,000 2.96 6.28 $29.73 $61,840



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 1,000 2.96 6.28 $29.73 $61,840
Lake Charles, LA 260 2.87 6.09 $30.83 $64,120
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 430 2.71 5.75 $28.47 $59,210
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 160 2.53 5.36 $21.66 $45,040
Cleveland, TN 100 2.26 4.78 $27.20 $56,570
Sheboygan, WI 120 2.10 4.45 $23.97 $49,860
Ann Arbor, MI 390 1.89 4.00 $21.75 $45,240
Baton Rouge, LA 670 1.74 3.70 $30.89 $64,250
Athens-Clarke County, GA 140 1.72 3.64 $20.95 $43,570
Evansville, IN-KY 270 1.54 3.25 $25.63 $53,320