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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
65,500 1.9 % $24.84 $51,670 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.39 $17.74 $23.15 $30.22 $38.03
Annual Wage (2) $29,920 $36,900 $48,160 $62,860 $79,100


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)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 13,260 3.66 $28.28 $58,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,890 0.89 $20.90 $43,470
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,880 2.00 $23.73 $49,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,810 0.86 $27.82 $57,860
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 3,640 2.13 $23.20 $48,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 13,260 3.66 $28.28 $58,830
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 3,640 2.13 $23.20 $48,260
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,880 2.00 $23.73 $49,350
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,890 1.68 $28.67 $59,640
Metal Ore Mining 670 1.67 $28.72 $59,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 680 0.17 $34.94 $72,670
Oil and Gas Extraction 200 0.14 $30.82 $64,100
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 90 0.18 $29.81 $62,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,600 0.07 $29.35 $61,040
Metal Ore Mining 670 1.67 $28.72 $59,740


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 7,050 0.58 1.29 $28.68 $59,660
California 6,100 0.36 0.79 $23.21 $48,280
Pennsylvania 3,880 0.66 1.47 $24.09 $50,110
New Jersey 3,510 0.87 1.92 $29.19 $60,720
Ohio 3,220 0.59 1.31 $22.62 $47,060




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)
Louisiana 3,020 1.58 3.49 $31.27 $65,030
Delaware 630 1.40 3.10 $30.18 $62,760
Wyoming 370 1.36 3.00 $23.99 $49,900
West Virginia 810 1.16 2.56 $25.24 $52,500
Nevada 1,230 0.91 2.01 $25.41 $52,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 3,020 1.58 3.49 $31.27 $65,030
Delaware 630 1.40 3.10 $30.18 $62,760
New Jersey 3,510 0.87 1.92 $29.19 $60,720
Texas 7,050 0.58 1.29 $28.68 $59,660
Massachusetts 1,610 0.45 1.00 $27.00 $56,160





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 4,090 0.43 0.95 $27.31 $56,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,160 1.06 2.34 $30.41 $63,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,900 1.02 2.25 $28.24 $58,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,130 0.46 1.02 $24.30 $50,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,090 0.34 0.76 $22.05 $45,850
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,400 0.51 1.12 $26.91 $55,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,310 0.67 1.48 $25.40 $52,830
Baton Rouge, LA 1,070 2.70 5.98 $35.26 $73,350
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,030 0.52 1.16 $19.42 $40,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,000 0.28 0.62 $25.58 $53,200




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)
Kankakee, IL 270 6.38 14.09 $25.82 $53,710
Lake Charles, LA 550 4.78 10.56 $30.19 $62,790
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 630 3.94 8.71 $34.20 $71,130
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 120 3.23 7.14 $32.04 $66,630
Baton Rouge, LA 1,070 2.70 5.98 $35.26 $73,350
Danbury, CT 160 2.08 4.61 $27.52 $57,230
Charleston, WV 210 1.84 4.07 $28.35 $58,970
Idaho Falls, ID 120 1.81 4.01 $26.91 $55,960
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 790 1.44 3.17 $28.90 $60,120
Reno, NV 310 1.32 2.91 $18.05 $37,530