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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-1022 Microbiologists

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.


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)
18,270 6.2 % $39.79 $82,760 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.91 $26.33 $36.37 $52.11 $64.08
Annual Wage (2) $43,500 $54,760 $75,650 $108,390 $133,280


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 4,580 0.65 $47.22 $98,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,240 0.11 $54.36 $113,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,230 0.75 $37.00 $76,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,120 0.07 $30.25 $62,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,430 0.10 $28.43 $59,130

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 2,230 0.75 $37.00 $76,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,580 0.65 $47.22 $98,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,240 0.11 $54.36 $113,060
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 310 0.11 $33.47 $69,610
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,430 0.10 $28.43 $59,130

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) 2,240 0.11 $54.36 $113,060
Social Advocacy Organizations 40 0.02 $49.45 $102,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,580 0.65 $47.22 $98,220
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $46.19 $96,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises 150 0.01 $45.79 $95,230


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 3,470 0.20 1.60 $50.46 $104,960
Maryland 1,910 0.71 5.70 $50.89 $105,840
Texas 1,060 0.09 0.69 $26.46 $55,030
Massachusetts 930 0.26 2.06 $39.57 $82,300
Georgia 930 0.21 1.66 $45.92 $95,510




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)
Maryland 1,910 0.71 5.70 $50.89 $105,840
Delaware 170 0.37 2.96 $30.41 $63,260
Montana 130 0.29 2.30 $44.12 $91,780
Massachusetts 930 0.26 2.06 $39.57 $82,300
Vermont 70 0.23 1.86 $29.52 $61,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 1,910 0.71 5.70 $50.89 $105,840
California 3,470 0.20 1.60 $50.46 $104,960
Virginia 480 0.12 0.99 $46.48 $96,690
Georgia 930 0.21 1.66 $45.92 $95,510
Montana 130 0.29 2.30 $44.12 $91,780





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,840 0.58 4.65 $53.98 $112,270
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 850 0.09 0.71 $38.26 $79,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 760 0.28 2.22 $45.95 $95,590
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 670 0.24 1.92 $41.78 $86,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 610 0.25 1.98 $50.28 $104,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.09 0.76 $43.46 $90,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 580 0.20 1.62 $39.06 $81,240
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 440 0.09 0.75 $33.60 $69,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 400 0.13 1.05 $25.41 $52,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.17 1.40 $36.13 $75,140




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)
Ames, IA 100 2.27 18.24 $44.93 $93,450
Fort Collins, CO 200 1.20 9.66 $29.80 $61,990
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.05 8.44 $47.55 $98,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,840 0.58 4.65 $53.98 $112,270
Worcester, MA-CT 150 0.54 4.30 $34.12 $70,960
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 100 0.47 3.79 $29.48 $61,320
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 60 0.46 3.72 $28.72 $59,740
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.42 3.38 $37.03 $77,010
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 100 0.39 3.13 $26.06 $54,190
Madison, WI 130 0.34 2.72 $30.51 $63,460




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $56.71 $117,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.20 1.62 $54.17 $112,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,840 0.58 4.65 $53.98 $112,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 610 0.25 1.98 $50.28 $104,580
Trenton, NJ 60 0.25 1.99 $49.49 $102,940
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.05 8.44 $47.55 $98,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 760 0.28 2.22 $45.95 $95,590
Ames, IA 100 2.27 18.24 $44.93 $93,450
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 0.09 0.69 $44.68 $92,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.09 0.76 $43.46 $90,400

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 9.47 $49.68 $103,340
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.71 $35.36 $73,550
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.74 $29.69 $61,760
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.31 $26.92 $55,990
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.66 $21.59 $44,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 9.47 $49.68 $103,340
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.71 $35.36 $73,550
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.74 $29.69 $61,760
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.31 $26.92 $55,990
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.66 $21.59 $44,910

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 9.47 $49.68 $103,340
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.71 $35.36 $73,550
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.74 $29.69 $61,760
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.31 $26.92 $55,990
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.09 0.72 $23.05 $47,950


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020