Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
29,200 4.5 % $45.36 $94,340 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.64 $28.19 $39.51 $56.41 $76.16
Annual Wage (2) $45,000 $58,630 $82,180 $117,340 $158,410


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 14,750 2.19 $47.15 $98,080
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,500 1.59 $43.65 $90,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,690 0.12 $29.84 $62,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 950 0.07 $63.88 $132,870
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 730 0.37 $54.48 $113,330

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 14,750 2.19 $47.15 $98,080
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,500 1.59 $43.65 $90,790
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 730 0.37 $54.48 $113,330
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 90 0.26 $41.34 $85,980
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 400 0.15 $38.20 $79,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 130 0.10 $68.46 $142,400
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 950 0.07 $63.88 $132,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 180 (7) $56.84 $118,220
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 730 0.37 $54.48 $113,330
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 270 0.07 $52.87 $109,960


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 4,960 0.31 1.49 $51.81 $107,760
New Jersey 3,540 0.90 4.30 $56.70 $117,930
Maryland 1,640 0.62 2.98 $40.84 $84,940
New York 1,530 0.17 0.81 $40.27 $83,760
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.22 1.06 $41.12 $85,530




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 3,540 0.90 4.30 $56.70 $117,930
Maryland 1,640 0.62 2.98 $40.84 $84,940
Maine 230 0.38 1.84 $34.04 $70,800
Minnesota 1,020 0.36 1.74 $35.13 $73,070
Delaware 140 0.31 1.51 $47.12 $98,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 3,540 0.90 4.30 $56.70 $117,930
Ohio (8) (8) (8) $55.12 $114,650
Indiana 240 0.08 0.39 $53.19 $110,630
California 4,960 0.31 1.49 $51.81 $107,760
Connecticut 410 0.25 1.19 $51.49 $107,090





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-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,140 1.19 5.71 $48.02 $99,890
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.55 7.47 $58.64 $121,980
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.27 1.28 $47.85 $99,530
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.03 4.98 $58.31 $121,280
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 1.00 4.79 $52.34 $108,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,010 0.53 2.53 $35.21 $73,230
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 950 0.92 4.45 $40.61 $84,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 920 0.67 3.20 $49.49 $102,940
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 840 1.45 6.97 $43.52 $90,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.16 0.76 $49.95 $103,890




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)
Trenton, NJ 650 2.86 13.77 (8) (8)
Worcester, MA-CT 520 1.86 8.95 $34.01 $70,750
Athens-Clarke County, GA 140 1.65 7.95 $31.41 $65,330
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 280 1.59 7.65 $44.48 $92,530
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.55 7.47 $58.64 $121,980
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 840 1.45 6.97 $43.52 $90,530
Boulder, CO 220 1.27 6.09 $38.75 $80,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,140 1.19 5.71 $48.02 $99,890
Ithaca, NY 60 1.14 5.48 $41.89 $87,130
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 330 1.12 5.38 $48.72 $101,340




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 60 0.04 0.21 $59.65 $124,060
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.55 7.47 $58.64 $121,980
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.03 4.98 $58.31 $121,280
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 160 0.15 0.74 $57.53 $119,660
New Haven, CT 280 1.01 4.85 $56.67 $117,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 600 0.57 2.75 $54.35 $113,050
Charlottesville, VA 120 1.12 5.40 $54.03 $112,380
Rochester, NY 60 0.12 0.58 $53.01 $110,260
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 1.00 4.79 $52.34 $108,860
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI (8) (8) (8) $52.34 $108,860

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 60 1.00 4.81 $43.55 $90,580

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 60 1.00 4.81 $43.55 $90,580

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 60 1.00 4.81 $43.55 $90,580


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017