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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
19,710 9.8 % $ 44.15 $ 91,840 3.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Microbiologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 21.97 $ 28.27 $ 40.58 $ 57.58 $ 75.17
Annual Wage (2) $ 45,690 $ 58,800 $ 84,400 $ 119,770 $ 156,360


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 6,540 0.87 $ 53.21 $ 110,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,560 0.86 $ 39.75 $ 82,670
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,120 0.10 $ 57.62 $ 119,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,550 0.10 $ 30.55 $ 63,540
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,430 0.05 $ 30.55 $ 63,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Microbiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,540 0.87 $ 53.21 $ 110,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,560 0.86 $ 39.75 $ 82,670
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 290 0.11 $ 39.59 $ 82,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,550 0.10 $ 30.55 $ 63,540
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,120 0.10 $ 57.62 $ 119,860

Top paying industries for Microbiologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,120 0.10 $ 57.62 $ 119,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,540 0.87 $ 53.21 $ 110,670
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $ 47.66 $ 99,140
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 240 0.08 $ 39.77 $ 82,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,560 0.86 $ 39.75 $ 82,670


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.





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)
California 4,180 0.25 1.80 $ 56.07 $ 116,630
Maryland 1,900 0.75 5.31 $ 50.95 $ 105,980
Massachusetts 1,700 0.51 3.58 $ 50.56 $ 105,170
New Jersey 1,100 0.29 2.05 $ 50.62 $ 105,280
Georgia 940 0.22 1.54 $ 48.27 $ 100,400




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 1,900 0.75 5.31 $ 50.95 $ 105,980
Massachusetts 1,700 0.51 3.58 $ 50.56 $ 105,170
Montana 140 0.31 2.21 $ 47.79 $ 99,410
New Jersey 1,100 0.29 2.05 $ 50.62 $ 105,280
California 4,180 0.25 1.80 $ 56.07 $ 116,630




Top paying states for Microbiologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,180 0.25 1.80 $ 56.07 $ 116,630
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.48 $ 51.45 $ 107,010
Maryland 1,900 0.75 5.31 $ 50.95 $ 105,980
New Jersey 1,100 0.29 2.05 $ 50.62 $ 105,280
Massachusetts 1,700 0.51 3.58 $ 50.56 $ 105,170





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.56 3.99 $ 54.26 $ 112,850
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,460 0.56 3.96 $ 52.92 $ 110,080
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,440 0.16 1.15 $ 47.65 $ 99,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 760 0.29 2.03 $ 48.77 $ 101,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 730 0.13 0.89 $ 43.30 $ 90,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 530 0.12 0.86 $ 36.56 $ 76,050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 520 0.19 1.35 $ 41.57 $ 86,470
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 350 0.27 1.92 $ 37.61 $ 78,230
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 340 0.24 1.73 $ 40.82 $ 84,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 330 0.18 1.26 $ 37.04 $ 77,040




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)
Ames, IA 100 2.32 16.34 $ 46.90 $ 97,560
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.04 7.31 $ 50.33 $ 104,680
Iowa City, IA 60 0.72 5.06 $ 27.21 $ 56,600
Worcester, MA-CT 150 0.57 4.06 $ 34.26 $ 71,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.56 3.99 $ 54.26 $ 112,850
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,460 0.56 3.96 $ 52.92 $ 110,080
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 130 0.53 3.73 $ 27.74 $ 57,690
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.47 3.31 $ 32.87 $ 68,380
Wilmington, NC 50 0.43 3.03 $ 35.98 $ 74,830
Madison, WI 160 0.42 2.98 $ 30.37 $ 63,170




Top paying metropolitan areas for Microbiologists:

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 1,710 0.56 3.99 $ 54.26 $ 112,850
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.59 $ 53.91 $ 112,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.16 1.14 $ 53.22 $ 110,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,460 0.56 3.96 $ 52.92 $ 110,080
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.04 7.31 $ 50.33 $ 104,680
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.26 1.84 $ 49.38 $ 102,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 760 0.29 2.03 $ 48.77 $ 101,440
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,440 0.16 1.15 $ 47.65 $ 99,120
Trenton, NJ 50 0.22 1.52 $ 47.53 $ 98,860
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $ 46.97 $ 97,700

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 1.37 9.70 $ 54.43 $ 113,210
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.05 $ 34.68 $ 72,130
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 3.55 $ 29.41 $ 61,160
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 3.35 $ 31.16 $ 64,810
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.11 $ 27.85 $ 57,930

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 100 1.37 9.70 $ 54.43 $ 113,210
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.05 $ 34.68 $ 72,130
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 3.55 $ 29.41 $ 61,160
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 3.35 $ 31.16 $ 64,810
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.11 $ 27.85 $ 57,930

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 100 1.37 9.70 $ 54.43 $ 113,210
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.05 $ 34.68 $ 72,130
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 3.35 $ 31.16 $ 64,810
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 3.55 $ 29.41 $ 61,160
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.11 $ 27.85 $ 57,930


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021