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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-4021 Biological Technicians

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
79,530 2.6 % $23.61 $49,110 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.20 $17.25 $22.05 $28.47 $35.26
Annual Wage (2) $29,540 $35,870 $45,860 $59,210 $73,350


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 27,180 3.84 $24.65 $51,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,620 0.60 $23.00 $47,840
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,970 0.12 $24.99 $51,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,190 0.31 $21.72 $45,170
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,330 1.46 $25.42 $52,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 27,180 3.84 $24.65 $51,270
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,330 1.46 $25.42 $52,880
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,620 0.60 $23.00 $47,840
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,630 0.59 $21.91 $45,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,190 0.31 $21.72 $45,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 170 0.01 $29.35 $61,040
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 220 0.05 $28.12 $58,490
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $26.22 $54,550
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 990 0.02 $25.82 $53,710
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,330 1.46 $25.42 $52,880


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,740 0.56 1.03 $25.83 $53,740
Texas 6,810 0.55 1.01 $24.06 $50,030
Massachusetts 6,290 1.74 3.21 $30.06 $62,530
Ohio 5,010 0.92 1.70 $22.35 $46,480
New York 3,920 0.41 0.76 $23.97 $49,870




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 6,290 1.74 3.21 $30.06 $62,530
Oregon 2,470 1.30 2.39 $21.42 $44,560
Maryland 3,380 1.25 2.31 $25.62 $53,280
Montana 510 1.09 2.02 $18.02 $37,490
Colorado 2,910 1.09 2.01 $21.69 $45,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 710 0.43 0.79 $33.30 $69,260
Massachusetts 6,290 1.74 3.21 $30.06 $62,530
New Jersey 1,130 0.28 0.51 $26.73 $55,610
New Hampshire 580 0.88 1.63 $26.10 $54,290
Illinois 1,890 0.31 0.58 $26.04 $54,160





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,660 2.02 3.73 $30.15 $62,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,190 1.05 1.93 $22.71 $47,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,740 0.28 0.52 $26.04 $54,160
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,440 1.61 2.98 $21.24 $44,180
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,200 0.60 1.11 $28.14 $58,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,200 1.09 2.01 $24.04 $50,000
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,120 0.74 1.36 $24.99 $51,980
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,930 1.29 2.39 $24.86 $51,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,920 0.31 0.57 $23.96 $49,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,920 0.60 1.12 $29.33 $61,010




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Corvallis, OR 200 5.49 10.14 $21.85 $45,450
Athens-Clarke County, GA 460 5.24 9.67 $25.87 $53,810
Ames, IA 180 4.08 7.53 $23.41 $48,700
Iowa City, IA 350 3.80 7.01 $21.11 $43,910
Ann Arbor, MI 700 3.11 5.75 $19.58 $40,730
Charlottesville, VA 350 3.00 5.54 $22.88 $47,600
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 780 2.47 4.56 $22.14 $46,040
Ithaca, NY 120 2.37 4.38 $23.51 $48,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,660 2.02 3.73 $30.15 $62,710
Madison, WI 660 1.66 3.06 $26.26 $54,620