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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Microbiologists
Industry profile for Microbiologists
Geographic profile for Microbiologists

National estimates for Microbiologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Microbiologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
19,430 3.9 % $ 42.22 $ 87,820 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Microbiologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 22.90 $ 28.78 $ 38.11 $ 52.89 $ 65.76
Annual Wage (2) $ 47,630 $ 59,860 $ 79,260 $ 110,010 $ 136,780


Industry profile for Microbiologists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Microbiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,780 0.73 $ 51.43 $ 106,980
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,840 0.90 $ 36.75 $ 76,430
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,110 0.10 $ 58.00 $ 120,630
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,600 0.11 $ 28.07 $ 58,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,270 0.06 $ 32.15 $ 66,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Microbiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,840 0.90 $ 36.75 $ 76,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,780 0.73 $ 51.43 $ 106,980
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 350 0.12 $ 54.46 $ 113,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,600 0.11 $ 28.07 $ 58,380
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,110 0.10 $ 58.00 $ 120,630

Top paying industries for Microbiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,110 0.10 $ 58.00 $ 120,630
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 350 0.12 $ 54.46 $ 113,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,780 0.73 $ 51.43 $ 106,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $ 45.03 $ 93,660
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $ 42.53 $ 88,450


Geographic profile for Microbiologists:

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



Map of employment of microbiologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Microbiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 2,740 0.81 5.85 $ 57.15 $ 118,880
California 2,510 0.15 1.10 $ 48.09 $ 100,030
Maryland 2,190 0.86 6.24 $ 48.13 $ 100,100
New Jersey 1,190 0.31 2.24 $ 43.54 $ 90,550
Wisconsin 1,000 0.36 2.64 $ 33.69 $ 70,060


Map of location quotient of microbiologists by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 2,190 0.86 6.24 $ 48.13 $ 100,100
Massachusetts 2,740 0.81 5.85 $ 57.15 $ 118,880
Wisconsin 1,000 0.36 2.64 $ 33.69 $ 70,060
New Jersey 1,190 0.31 2.24 $ 43.54 $ 90,550
Delaware 100 0.24 1.71 $ 35.72 $ 74,300


Map of annual mean wages of microbiologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Microbiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 2,740 0.81 5.85 $ 57.15 $ 118,880
Montana 100 0.22 1.59 $ 48.73 $ 101,370
Maryland 2,190 0.86 6.24 $ 48.13 $ 100,100
California 2,510 0.15 1.10 $ 48.09 $ 100,030
Georgia 750 0.17 1.25 $ 47.18 $ 98,130



Map of employment of microbiologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Microbiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,480 0.96 6.96 $ 58.43 $ 121,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.58 4.22 $ 51.63 $ 107,390
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,560 0.18 1.30 $ 42.53 $ 88,470
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 860 0.38 2.78 $ 55.45 $ 115,340
Madison, WI 610 1.62 11.73 $ 33.20 $ 69,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 600 0.10 0.76 $ 43.54 $ 90,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 580 0.23 1.64 $ 48.34 $ 100,540
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 520 0.20 1.42 $ 34.78 $ 72,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 450 0.36 2.59 $ 38.65 $ 80,380
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 430 0.10 0.73 $ 37.99 $ 79,020


Map of location quotient of microbiologists by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madison, WI 610 1.62 11.73 $ 33.20 $ 69,050
Fort Collins, CO 180 1.12 8.14 $ 34.09 $ 70,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,480 0.96 6.96 $ 58.43 $ 121,530
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 190 0.60 4.34 $ 44.65 $ 92,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.58 4.22 $ 51.63 $ 107,390
Worcester, MA-CT 130 0.50 3.62 $ 43.62 $ 90,730
Trenton, NJ 100 0.43 3.10 $ 42.37 $ 88,130
Green Bay, WI 70 0.40 2.93 $ 30.34 $ 63,100
Wilmington, NC 50 0.39 2.84 $ 41.40 $ 86,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 860 0.38 2.78 $ 55.45 $ 115,340


Map of annual mean wages of microbiologists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Microbiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Knoxville, TN 90 0.24 1.77 $ 60.28 $ 125,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,480 0.96 6.96 $ 58.43 $ 121,530
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 860 0.38 2.78 $ 55.45 $ 115,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.16 1.19 $ 54.05 $ 112,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.58 4.22 $ 51.63 $ 107,390
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.11 0.76 $ 50.98 $ 106,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 580 0.23 1.64 $ 48.34 $ 100,540
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 80 0.05 0.33 $ 46.82 $ 97,390
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 190 0.60 4.34 $ 44.65 $ 92,870
Worcester, MA-CT 130 0.50 3.62 $ 43.62 $ 90,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Microbiologists:

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 50 0.56 4.07 $ 36.74 $ 76,420
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.89 $ 60.45 $ 125,740
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 3.59 $ 30.67 $ 63,800
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.64 $ 25.68 $ 53,410

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.89 $ 60.45 $ 125,740
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 4.07 $ 36.74 $ 76,420
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 3.59 $ 30.67 $ 63,800
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.64 $ 25.68 $ 53,410

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Microbiologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.89 $ 60.45 $ 125,740
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 4.07 $ 36.74 $ 76,420
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 3.59 $ 30.67 $ 63,800
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.64 $ 25.68 $ 53,410


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022