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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-4021 Biological Technicians

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


National estimates for Biological Technicians
Industry profile for Biological Technicians
Geographic profile for Biological Technicians

National estimates for Biological Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Biological Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
80,640 3.0 % $ 23.79 $ 49,490 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Biological Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.63 $ 17.44 $ 22.28 $ 28.91 $ 35.87
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,440 $ 36,280 $ 46,340 $ 60,130 $ 74,600


Industry profile for Biological Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Biological Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Biological Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Biological Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 28,080 3.73 $ 25.52 $ 53,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,800 0.59 $ 22.73 $ 47,280
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 8,160 0.39 $ 21.47 $ 44,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,050 0.11 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,740 1.59 $ 25.31 $ 52,640

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Biological Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 28,080 3.73 $ 25.52 $ 53,070
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,740 1.59 $ 25.31 $ 52,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,800 0.59 $ 22.73 $ 47,280
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,240 0.45 $ 21.16 $ 44,020
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 8,160 0.39 $ 21.47 $ 44,660

Top paying industries for Biological Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $ 28.09 $ 58,440
Outpatient Care Centers 50 0.01 $ 26.85 $ 55,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 28,080 3.73 $ 25.52 $ 53,070
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,740 1.59 $ 25.31 $ 52,640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 900 0.02 $ 24.96 $ 51,920


Geographic profile for Biological Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Biological Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Biological Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Biological Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,600 0.52 0.90 $ 26.21 $ 54,510
Texas 6,070 0.50 0.87 $ 25.04 $ 52,080
Massachusetts 5,560 1.66 2.86 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
Ohio 4,160 0.81 1.40 $ 23.03 $ 47,910
Pennsylvania 4,110 0.75 1.29 $ 24.01 $ 49,940




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Biological Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 3,040 1.68 2.91 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Massachusetts 5,560 1.66 2.86 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
Idaho 1,050 1.46 2.52 $ 17.19 $ 35,760
Maryland 3,670 1.46 2.51 $ 24.53 $ 51,010
Hawaii 780 1.36 2.35 $ 19.31 $ 40,170




Top paying states for Biological Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 800 0.52 0.89 $ 32.86 $ 68,360
Massachusetts 5,560 1.66 2.86 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
New Jersey 2,200 0.58 1.01 $ 28.12 $ 58,500
Arkansas 340 0.29 0.50 $ 26.65 $ 55,430
Illinois 1,830 0.32 0.56 $ 26.28 $ 54,670





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Biological Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,740 1.82 3.14 $ 28.47 $ 59,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,570 0.40 0.70 $ 27.29 $ 56,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,130 1.05 1.82 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,440 1.68 2.89 $ 21.55 $ 44,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,260 0.84 1.45 $ 26.05 $ 54,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,150 0.37 0.64 $ 23.87 $ 49,650
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,110 1.08 1.86 $ 24.65 $ 51,280
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,090 1.83 3.16 $ 22.71 $ 47,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,880 0.62 1.07 $ 28.91 $ 60,120
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,820 0.42 0.72 $ 25.96 $ 54,000




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Biological Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 550 6.49 11.20 $ 26.79 $ 55,720
Ames, IA 210 4.89 8.44 $ 25.29 $ 52,600
Iowa City, IA 370 4.33 7.46 $ 21.88 $ 45,510
Logan, UT-ID 150 2.60 4.49 $ 16.09 $ 33,470
Gainesville, FL 330 2.39 4.12 $ 20.44 $ 42,520
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 710 2.29 3.94 $ 24.25 $ 50,440
Ann Arbor, MI 410 1.96 3.37 $ 21.12 $ 43,920
Worcester, MA-CT 520 1.95 3.36 $ 24.52 $ 51,000
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,090 1.83 3.16 $ 22.71 $ 47,230
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,740 1.82 3.14 $ 28.47 $ 59,210




Top paying metropolitan areas for Biological Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Haven, CT 460 1.70 2.93 $ 33.54 $ 69,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,340 1.22 2.10 $ 32.26 $ 67,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,690 0.47 0.81 $ 30.74 $ 63,930
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 170 0.31 0.53 $ 30.29 $ 63,010
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 170 1.30 2.25 $ 29.30 $ 60,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,720 0.74 1.27 $ 29.07 $ 60,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,880 0.62 1.07 $ 28.91 $ 60,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,740 1.82 3.14 $ 28.47 $ 59,210
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 180 0.18 0.31 $ 28.13 $ 58,500
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.19 0.32 $ 28.08 $ 58,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Biological Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 320 3.42 5.89 $ 21.32 $ 44,350
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 270 2.77 4.78 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 220 2.37 4.09 $ 18.97 $ 39,460
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 200 1.86 3.20 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.28 2.22 $ 17.99 $ 37,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Biological Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 320 3.42 5.89 $ 21.32 $ 44,350
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 270 2.77 4.78 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.42 4.18 $ 19.42 $ 40,400
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 220 2.37 4.09 $ 18.97 $ 39,460
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 2.30 3.96 $ 19.94 $ 41,460

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Biological Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 270 2.77 4.78 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 0.75 1.30 $ 23.92 $ 49,750
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.47 $ 23.49 $ 48,870
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 0.82 $ 23.18 $ 48,220
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 22.86 $ 47,540


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021