Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 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)
27,380 4.6 % $50.68 $105,410 3.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.28 $31.46 $43.84 $61.95 $85.50
Annual Wage (2) $48,410 $65,440 $91,190 $128,860 $177,840


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 15,730 2.43 $55.54 $115,520
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,720 1.29 $41.64 $86,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,770 0.06 $28.13 $58,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,050 0.08 $62.36 $129,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 650 0.20 $56.22 $116,930

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 15,730 2.43 $55.54 $115,520
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,720 1.29 $41.64 $86,620
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 650 0.20 $56.22 $116,930
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 480 0.18 $37.37 $77,720
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 280 0.09 $40.18 $83,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 200 0.03 $81.90 $170,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 360 0.02 $78.53 $163,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,050 0.08 $62.36 $129,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 650 0.20 $56.22 $116,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 15,730 2.43 $55.54 $115,520


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)
New Jersey 5,150 1.29 6.69 (8) (8)
California 4,480 0.27 1.40 $50.70 $105,460
Massachusetts 4,100 1.16 6.05 $53.53 $111,350
Texas 1,440 0.12 0.63 $48.20 $100,250
Pennsylvania 1,330 0.23 1.20 $43.69 $90,880




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)
New Jersey 5,150 1.29 6.69 (8) (8)
Massachusetts 4,100 1.16 6.05 $53.53 $111,350
Maryland 1,230 0.46 2.41 $42.06 $87,490
Maine 210 0.35 1.80 $35.75 $74,370
Minnesota 970 0.34 1.77 $38.54 $80,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 4,100 1.16 6.05 $53.53 $111,350
California 4,480 0.27 1.40 $50.70 $105,460
Illinois 910 0.15 0.79 $48.77 $101,450
Indiana 260 0.09 0.45 $48.65 $101,180
Texas 1,440 0.12 0.63 $48.20 $100,250



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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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,480 2.98 15.53 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,040 1.65 8.61 $53.87 $112,040
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.28 1.47 $49.78 $103,530
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.00 5.21 $43.88 $91,270
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.92 4.81 $51.63 $107,390
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,020 0.71 3.72 $49.10 $102,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 930 0.48 2.51 $38.41 $79,900
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.73 3.79 $52.09 $108,350
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 770 1.32 6.89 $43.49 $90,450
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.20 1.02 $51.30 $106,700


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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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,480 2.98 15.53 (8) (8)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 370 2.37 12.35 $54.00 $112,320
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 180 1.91 9.93 $47.35 $98,500
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,040 1.65 8.61 $53.87 $112,040
Boulder, CO 270 1.54 8.01 $41.09 $85,460
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 770 1.32 6.89 $43.49 $90,450
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 180 1.31 6.80 (8) (8)
Charlottesville, VA 130 1.16 6.02 $34.62 $72,010
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 190 1.10 5.74 $60.14 $125,090
Trenton, NJ 240 1.04 5.43 (8) (8)


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.04 0.20 $62.00 $128,960
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 190 1.10 5.74 $60.14 $125,090
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 0.24 $55.93 $116,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.50 2.60 $55.84 $116,140
Rochester, NY 60 0.11 0.59 $55.77 $116,000
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 180 0.17 0.90 $55.26 $114,950
Worcester, MA-CT 170 0.59 3.08 $54.75 $113,880
Austin-Round Rock, TX 270 0.27 1.41 $54.71 $113,800
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 370 2.37 12.35 $54.00 $112,320
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,040 1.65 8.61 $53.87 $112,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 4.08 $47.76 $99,350

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 4.08 $47.76 $99,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 4.08 $47.76 $99,350


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018