Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
77,450 2.8 % $23.10 $48,060 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.10 $16.92 $21.39 $27.60 $34.35
Annual Wage (2) $29,330 $35,190 $44,500 $57,400 $71,440


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 24,410 3.62 $24.34 $50,630
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,750 0.62 $22.63 $47,070
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,570 0.43 $20.26 $42,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,340 0.11 $23.96 $49,830
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,760 1.62 $25.20 $52,420

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 24,410 3.62 $24.34 $50,630
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,760 1.62 $25.20 $52,420
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,780 0.68 $25.73 $53,520
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,750 0.62 $22.63 $47,070
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,470 0.54 $21.81 $45,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 240 0.03 $27.70 $57,620
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $27.60 $57,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $26.53 $55,190
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 160 0.04 $25.80 $53,660
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,780 0.68 $25.73 $53,520


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 10,990 0.65 1.21 $25.59 $53,230
Texas 5,890 0.49 0.91 $22.14 $46,060
Massachusetts 5,560 1.56 2.91 $29.71 $61,790
Ohio 4,110 0.76 1.42 $22.06 $45,890
Pennsylvania 3,750 0.64 1.20 $23.56 $49,010




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)
Massachusetts 5,560 1.56 2.91 $29.71 $61,790
Oregon 2,740 1.45 2.72 $20.32 $42,270
Maryland 3,520 1.31 2.45 $25.22 $52,460
Montana 580 1.25 2.34 $16.82 $34,990
Alaska 380 1.20 2.24 $21.28 $44,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 5,560 1.56 2.91 $29.71 $61,790
Connecticut 990 0.60 1.12 $27.58 $57,380
New Jersey 770 0.19 0.36 $26.22 $54,530
Illinois 1,830 0.31 0.57 $25.70 $53,450
California 10,990 0.65 1.21 $25.59 $53,230





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-Nashua, MA-NH 5,050 1.83 3.42 $30.46 $63,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,440 1.15 2.16 $22.09 $45,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,830 0.46 0.87 $25.92 $53,910
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,580 0.27 0.51 $25.61 $53,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,500 0.88 1.64 $25.80 $53,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,250 1.54 2.88 $24.35 $50,640
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,220 1.50 2.80 $21.10 $43,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,120 0.88 1.64 $28.47 $59,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,100 0.67 1.25 $27.95 $58,130
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,060 1.04 1.94 $22.59 $46,990




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 7.21 13.48 $20.67 $43,000
Athens-Clarke County, GA 500 5.72 10.68 $25.42 $52,880
Ames, IA 210 4.83 9.03 $23.47 $48,810
Iowa City, IA 390 4.20 7.84 $22.08 $45,940
Charlottesville, VA 340 3.03 5.67 $22.21 $46,190
Ann Arbor, MI 640 2.92 5.46 $19.02 $39,550
Wilmington, NC 360 2.83 5.29 $21.31 $44,320
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 770 2.49 4.65 $21.47 $44,660
Ithaca, NY 120 2.44 4.57 $22.80 $47,430
Fairbanks, AK 80 2.13 3.98 $21.58 $44,880