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

19-1021 Biochemists and Biophysicists

Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.


National estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists
Industry profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists
Geographic profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists

National estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
35,050 6.7 % $ 54.55 $ 113,460 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.37 $ 37.98 $ 49.17 $ 63.65 $ 80.39
Annual Wage (2) $ 61,090 $ 79,000 $ 102,270 $ 132,390 $ 167,210


Industry profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 20,530 2.58 $ 58.32 $ 121,310
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,400 1.72 $ 47.35 $ 98,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,860 0.06 $ 31.76 $ 66,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 940 0.06 $ 46.12 $ 95,930
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 540 0.14 $ 45.01 $ 93,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 20,530 2.58 $ 58.32 $ 121,310
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,400 1.72 $ 47.35 $ 98,490
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 540 0.14 $ 45.01 $ 93,630
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 400 0.11 $ 38.11 $ 79,280
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 270 0.09 $ 43.42 $ 90,310

Top paying industries for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) (5) (5)
Offices of Physicians 100 (7) $ 87.49 $ 181,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 510 0.02 $ 70.59 $ 146,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 300 0.08 $ 62.72 $ 130,460
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $ 61.75 $ 128,440


Geographic profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

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



Map of employment of biochemists and biophysicists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 8,190 2.41 9.70 $ 64.46 $ 134,090
California 7,460 0.45 1.81 $ 56.36 $ 117,220
New Jersey 3,160 0.82 3.30 $ 57.04 $ 118,640
Pennsylvania 2,350 0.42 1.69 $ 53.27 $ 110,790
New York 1,260 0.15 0.58 $ 44.37 $ 92,280


Map of location quotient of biochemists and biophysicists by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 8,190 2.41 9.70 $ 64.46 $ 134,090
Delaware 420 0.96 3.86 $ 47.26 $ 98,290
New Jersey 3,160 0.82 3.30 $ 57.04 $ 118,640
Maine 400 0.67 2.69 $ 38.49 $ 80,060
Minnesota 1,240 0.45 1.83 $ 48.11 $ 100,070


Map of annual mean wages of biochemists and biophysicists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 8,190 2.41 9.70 $ 64.46 $ 134,090
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $ 63.06 $ 131,160
Colorado 1,020 0.39 1.57 $ 57.17 $ 118,920
New Jersey 3,160 0.82 3.30 $ 57.04 $ 118,640
Oregon 170 0.09 0.37 $ 56.89 $ 118,320



Map of employment of biochemists and biophysicists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,640 2.95 11.87 $ 64.94 $ 135,070
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,210 1.43 5.76 $ 62.26 $ 129,490
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,100 0.36 1.44 $ 54.96 $ 114,310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,440 0.92 3.69 $ 52.44 $ 109,070
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,230 1.61 6.46 $ 52.56 $ 109,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,140 0.62 2.51 $ 48.94 $ 101,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 780 0.14 0.55 $ 49.24 $ 102,430
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.52 2.08 $ 56.75 $ 118,040
Trenton, NJ 480 2.11 8.49 $ 59.12 $ 122,970
Worcester, MA-CT 430 1.58 6.37 $ 59.21 $ 123,150


Map of location quotient of biochemists and biophysicists by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,640 2.95 11.87 $ 64.94 $ 135,070
Trenton, NJ 480 2.11 8.49 $ 59.12 $ 122,970
Boulder, CO 380 2.07 8.31 $ 49.01 $ 101,940
Portland-South Portland, ME 370 1.87 7.53 $ 38.56 $ 80,190
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,230 1.61 6.46 $ 52.56 $ 109,320
Worcester, MA-CT 430 1.58 6.37 $ 59.21 $ 123,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,210 1.43 5.76 $ 62.26 $ 129,490
College Station-Bryan, TX 110 1.01 4.04 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
Ames, IA 40 0.95 3.83 $ 36.40 $ 75,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,440 0.92 3.69 $ 52.44 $ 109,070


Map of annual mean wages of biochemists and biophysicists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,640 2.95 11.87 $ 64.94 $ 135,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $ 64.19 $ 133,520
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 400 0.27 1.10 $ 64.13 $ 133,390
Richmond, VA 230 0.38 1.51 $ 63.20 $ 131,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,210 1.43 5.76 $ 62.26 $ 129,490
Worcester, MA-CT 430 1.58 6.37 $ 59.21 $ 123,150
Trenton, NJ 480 2.11 8.49 $ 59.12 $ 122,970
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 50 0.13 0.52 $ 58.13 $ 120,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (8) (8) (8) $ 57.78 $ 120,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.52 2.08 $ 56.75 $ 118,040


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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(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