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

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 Chemical Technicians
Industry profile for Chemical Technicians
Geographic profile for Chemical Technicians

National estimates for Chemical Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Chemical Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
57,690 1.7 % $ 26.46 $ 55,040 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Chemical Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.38 $ 18.63 $ 23.56 $ 30.38 $ 38.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,980 $ 38,740 $ 48,990 $ 63,180 $ 80,570


Industry profile for Chemical Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Chemical Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,070 0.67 $ 22.16 $ 46,080
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 9,960 2.84 $ 29.53 $ 61,420
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,280 0.79 $ 30.68 $ 63,820
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,740 1.83 $ 25.25 $ 52,520
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 2,890 1.63 $ 24.78 $ 51,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Chemical Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 9,960 2.84 $ 29.53 $ 61,420
Tobacco Manufacturing 270 2.47 $ 35.17 $ 73,160
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,740 1.83 $ 25.25 $ 52,520
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 2,890 1.63 $ 24.78 $ 51,540
Metal Ore Mining 620 1.51 $ 28.91 $ 60,140

Top paying industries for Chemical Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 780 0.21 $ 44.99 $ 93,580
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 40 (7) $ 39.13 $ 81,400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $ 37.75 $ 78,520
Oil and Gas Extraction 150 0.14 $ 37.65 $ 78,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,510 1.46 $ 36.78 $ 76,490


Geographic profile for Chemical Technicians:

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



Map of employment of chemical technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Chemical Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,730 0.47 1.14 $ 24.74 $ 51,450
Texas 4,470 0.37 0.89 $ 32.06 $ 66,680
New Jersey 4,200 1.09 2.67 $ 27.33 $ 56,850
Pennsylvania 3,910 0.70 1.71 $ 28.19 $ 58,630
North Carolina 2,200 0.50 1.21 $ 25.27 $ 52,550


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


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 4,200 1.09 2.67 $ 27.33 $ 56,850
Delaware 450 1.02 2.50 $ 33.02 $ 68,680
Wyoming 250 0.98 2.39 $ 24.87 $ 51,720
Louisiana 1,330 0.74 1.81 $ 31.36 $ 65,240
Alabama 1,360 0.70 1.72 $ 25.91 $ 53,900


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


Top paying states for Chemical Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 60 0.19 0.47 $ 38.08 $ 79,210
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.24 $ 35.07 $ 72,940
Delaware 450 1.02 2.50 $ 33.02 $ 68,680
Texas 4,470 0.37 0.89 $ 32.06 $ 66,680
Louisiana 1,330 0.74 1.81 $ 31.36 $ 65,240



Map of employment of chemical technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Chemical Technicians:

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 4,230 0.49 1.19 $ 28.01 $ 58,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,570 0.45 1.10 $ 23.59 $ 49,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,300 0.87 2.12 $ 31.63 $ 65,790
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,200 0.76 1.86 $ 35.40 $ 73,630
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,780 0.42 1.03 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,210 0.87 2.13 $ 24.02 $ 49,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,180 0.53 1.28 $ 29.86 $ 62,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.55 1.35 $ 28.19 $ 58,630
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 930 0.36 0.88 $ 27.40 $ 56,990
Pittsburgh, PA 810 0.78 1.89 $ 29.11 $ 60,540


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


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, MI 130 3.71 9.07 $ 26.90 $ 55,960
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 380 2.60 6.35 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Decatur, AL 130 2.41 5.88 $ 30.81 $ 64,080
Lake Charles, LA 210 2.34 5.71 $ 29.91 $ 62,210
Trenton, NJ 450 1.99 4.86 $ 27.03 $ 56,220
Boulder, CO 340 1.89 4.61 $ 28.23 $ 58,720
Evansville, IN-KY 270 1.82 4.45 $ 21.66 $ 45,040
Johnson City, TN 130 1.63 3.99 (8) (8)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 120 1.39 3.39 $ 24.87 $ 51,730
Lexington-Fayette, KY 350 1.37 3.33 $ 23.53 $ 48,940


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Chemical Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Billings, MT 50 0.57 1.38 $ 41.51 $ 86,340
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 120 0.13 0.31 $ 37.50 $ 78,000
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.21 2.95 $ 37.03 $ 77,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,200 0.76 1.86 $ 35.40 $ 73,630
Midland, TX 90 0.98 2.40 $ 35.04 $ 72,870
Corpus Christi, TX 140 0.82 2.00 $ 33.93 $ 70,570
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 380 2.60 6.35 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Portsmouth, NH-ME 30 0.35 0.86 $ 32.85 $ 68,330
Winston-Salem, NC 350 1.34 3.28 $ 32.79 $ 68,200
Cedar Rapids, IA 40 0.27 0.65 $ 31.82 $ 66,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Chemical Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 520 5.32 12.99 $ 27.69 $ 57,580
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 200 0.96 2.34 $ 25.34 $ 52,710
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.25 3.04 $ 36.23 $ 75,360
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 1.71 4.17 $ 22.78 $ 47,390
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.36 0.87 $ 22.01 $ 45,780

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 520 5.32 12.99 $ 27.69 $ 57,580
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 1.71 4.17 $ 22.78 $ 47,390
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 110 1.66 4.06 $ 32.04 $ 66,640
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.25 3.04 $ 36.23 $ 75,360
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.10 2.68 $ 25.74 $ 53,540

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Chemical Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 1.11 $ 38.17 $ 79,390
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 1.41 $ 37.28 $ 77,550
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.25 3.04 $ 36.23 $ 75,360
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 1.59 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 110 1.66 4.06 $ 32.04 $ 66,640


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