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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.


National estimates for Biological Technicians
Industry profile for Biological Technicians
Geographic profile for Biological Technicians

National estimates for Biological Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Biological Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
76,150 1.9 % $ 24.89 $ 51,770 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Biological Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.99 $ 18.18 $ 23.15 $ 29.58 $ 37.54
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,170 $ 37,820 $ 48,140 $ 61,530 $ 78,090


Industry profile for Biological Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Biological Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 26,090 3.28 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,870 0.53 $ 24.46 $ 50,880
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 8,300 0.39 $ 21.66 $ 45,050
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,870 1.87 $ 28.63 $ 59,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,050 0.09 $ 26.98 $ 56,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Biological Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 26,090 3.28 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,870 1.87 $ 28.63 $ 59,550
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,870 0.53 $ 24.46 $ 50,880
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,300 0.44 $ 22.28 $ 46,340
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 8,300 0.39 $ 21.66 $ 45,050

Top paying industries for Biological Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 (7) $ 33.95 $ 70,610
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,870 1.87 $ 28.63 $ 59,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,050 0.09 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Scientific Research and Development Services 26,090 3.28 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Outpatient Care Centers 250 0.03 $ 26.17 $ 54,430


Geographic profile for Biological Technicians:

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



Map of employment of biological technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Biological Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,590 0.52 0.96 $ 26.52 $ 55,160
Pennsylvania 6,030 1.08 2.00 $ 26.84 $ 55,820
Massachusetts 5,600 1.65 3.05 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Texas 4,360 0.36 0.66 $ 25.22 $ 52,460
Washington 4,290 1.34 2.48 $ 25.43 $ 52,880


Map of location quotient of biological technicians by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 790 2.66 4.91 $ 23.54 $ 48,970
Massachusetts 5,600 1.65 3.05 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Oregon 3,010 1.65 3.05 $ 22.95 $ 47,730
Maryland 3,970 1.56 2.89 $ 25.06 $ 52,130
Hawaii 840 1.52 2.82 $ 20.20 $ 42,020


Map of annual mean wages of biological technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Biological Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 5,600 1.65 3.05 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Connecticut 850 0.54 1.00 $ 27.96 $ 58,160
Delaware 130 0.29 0.53 $ 27.58 $ 57,360
New Jersey 1,840 0.48 0.88 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
Pennsylvania 6,030 1.08 2.00 $ 26.84 $ 55,820



Map of employment of biological technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Biological Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,770 1.85 3.41 $ 29.94 $ 62,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,250 1.60 2.96 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,270 0.38 0.70 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,750 1.43 2.65 $ 27.12 $ 56,420
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,580 2.05 3.80 $ 22.55 $ 46,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,480 1.10 2.04 $ 30.63 $ 63,720
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,260 1.54 2.85 $ 27.00 $ 56,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,950 1.74 3.22 $ 23.71 $ 49,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,890 0.65 1.20 $ 30.43 $ 63,290
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,790 1.29 2.38 $ 25.75 $ 53,560


Map of location quotient of biological technicians by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Corvallis, OR 270 7.62 14.10 $ 23.26 $ 48,380
Athens-Clarke County, GA 500 5.81 10.75 $ 27.33 $ 56,850
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 340 5.01 9.27 $ 22.26 $ 46,300
Iowa City, IA 410 4.68 8.66 $ 24.19 $ 50,320
Ames, IA 190 4.28 7.91 $ 25.00 $ 52,000
Madison, WI 990 2.61 4.83 $ 22.73 $ 47,280
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 800 2.56 4.74 $ 25.13 $ 52,270
College Station-Bryan, TX 260 2.24 4.15 $ 18.82 $ 39,140
Idaho Falls, ID 160 2.24 4.15 $ 15.18 $ 31,570
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 140 2.20 4.07 $ 17.19 $ 35,760


Map of annual mean wages of biological technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Biological Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,620 0.45 0.83 $ 33.20 $ 69,050
Boulder, CO 70 0.37 0.68 $ 33.00 $ 68,640
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 90 0.24 0.45 $ 31.70 $ 65,940
East Stroudsburg, PA (8) (8) (8) $ 31.65 $ 65,830
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 170 0.31 0.58 $ 30.89 $ 64,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 570 0.53 0.98 $ 30.79 $ 64,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,480 1.10 2.04 $ 30.63 $ 63,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,890 0.65 1.20 $ 30.43 $ 63,290
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,770 1.85 3.41 $ 29.94 $ 62,270
New Haven, CT 210 0.75 1.38 $ 29.32 $ 60,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Biological Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 490 5.08 9.40 $ 23.97 $ 49,870
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 3.25 6.01 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 290 3.04 5.63 $ 21.81 $ 45,370
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.67 3.09 $ 18.86 $ 39,240
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 220 2.28 4.21 (8) (8)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 490 5.08 9.40 $ 23.97 $ 49,870
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 3.25 6.01 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 290 3.04 5.63 $ 21.81 $ 45,370
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 160 2.32 4.30 $ 19.87 $ 41,340
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 220 2.28 4.21 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Biological Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 0.96 $ 25.17 $ 52,340
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.78 1.44 $ 24.66 $ 51,290
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 0.71 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 490 5.08 9.40 $ 23.97 $ 49,870
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 50 0.16 0.29 $ 23.88 $ 49,660


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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