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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
83,530 2.3 % $40.46 $84,150 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.37 $27.45 $37.32 $50.32 $64.27
Annual Wage (2) $44,460 $57,090 $77,630 $104,670 $133,690


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)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 15,320 5.15 $38.27 $79,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,850 1.68 $46.05 $95,790
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,370 0.63 $32.42 $67,440
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 8,350 2.29 $42.92 $89,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,570 0.28 $55.05 $114,510

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 15,320 5.15 $38.27 $79,590
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 4,650 2.66 $37.88 $78,790
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 8,350 2.29 $42.92 $89,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,850 1.68 $46.05 $95,790
Waste Treatment and Disposal 920 0.92 $38.55 $80,190

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) 5,570 0.28 $55.05 $114,510
Oil and Gas Extraction 140 0.10 $48.46 $100,800
Health and Personal Care Stores (8) (8) $48.02 $99,870
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.39 $47.72 $99,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,790 0.11 $47.47 $98,750


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 10,130 0.58 1.02 $40.77 $84,810
New Jersey 7,350 1.80 3.16 $45.86 $95,400
Pennsylvania 5,310 0.90 1.58 $36.65 $76,240
Texas 5,000 0.40 0.71 $43.04 $89,520
North Carolina 3,990 0.90 1.57 $38.42 $79,920




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 1,350 2.99 5.26 $50.97 $106,020
New Jersey 7,350 1.80 3.16 $45.86 $95,400
Maryland 3,240 1.20 2.11 $55.09 $114,580
Massachusetts 3,560 0.98 1.73 $44.77 $93,110
South Carolina 2,010 0.95 1.68 $36.53 $75,980




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 260 0.36 0.64 $58.82 $122,360
Maryland 3,240 1.20 2.11 $55.09 $114,580
Delaware 1,350 2.99 5.26 $50.97 $106,020
Virginia 1,420 0.37 0.65 $47.46 $98,720
Rhode Island 240 0.49 0.87 $46.63 $96,990





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,250 0.85 1.50 $45.56 $94,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,870 1.34 2.36 $46.31 $96,320
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,370 1.20 2.12 $44.85 $93,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,160 0.51 0.89 $37.40 $77,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,840 0.89 1.57 $59.88 $124,540
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,420 0.52 0.91 $36.57 $76,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,910 0.62 1.10 $46.68 $97,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,810 1.21 2.12 $40.23 $83,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,680 0.85 1.50 $44.19 $91,920
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 1,430 1.35 2.37 $35.24 $73,300




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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.11 8.98 $52.60 $109,410
Trenton, NJ 950 3.94 6.93 $45.21 $94,040
Bloomington, IN 270 3.85 6.78 $33.47 $69,620
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,180 3.76 6.61 $43.83 $91,170
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 710 3.16 5.56 $35.33 $73,480
College Station-Bryan, TX 280 2.47 4.35 $24.69 $51,340
Evansville, IN-KY 330 2.10 3.69 $35.63 $74,110
Ann Arbor, MI 460 2.07 3.63 $32.75 $68,110
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 220 1.93 3.39 $50.63 $105,310
Madison, WI 670 1.71 3.00 $35.22 $73,250