Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 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)
21,670 5.9 % $36.95 $76,850 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.98 $23.52 $32.14 $46.66 $61.63
Annual Wage (2) $39,480 $48,920 $66,850 $97,050 $128,190


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 5,910 0.88 $41.95 $87,250
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,770 1.33 $35.28 $73,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,350 0.12 $51.08 $106,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,180 0.07 $25.84 $53,740
State Government (OES Designation) 1,330 0.06 $27.06 $56,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,770 1.33 $35.28 $73,370
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,910 0.88 $41.95 $87,250
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 230 0.21 $33.22 $69,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,350 0.12 $51.08 $106,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,230 0.09 $30.80 $64,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,350 0.12 $51.08 $106,240
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 90 0.02 $43.90 $91,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,910 0.88 $41.95 $87,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 400 0.02 $39.15 $81,420
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 270 0.02 $38.08 $79,200


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 5,070 0.32 2.06 $44.34 $92,220
Maryland 1,970 0.75 4.83 $46.06 $95,810
Massachusetts 1,400 0.40 2.62 $33.40 $69,470
New York 1,340 0.15 0.96 $39.67 $82,510
Pennsylvania 1,060 0.18 1.19 $33.90 $70,500




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)
Maryland 1,970 0.75 4.83 $46.06 $95,810
Massachusetts 1,400 0.40 2.62 $33.40 $69,470
California 5,070 0.32 2.06 $44.34 $92,220
Montana 110 0.25 1.63 $39.49 $82,140
Georgia 780 0.19 1.20 $41.34 $85,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $54.62 $113,600
Maryland 1,970 0.75 4.83 $46.06 $95,810
California 5,070 0.32 2.06 $44.34 $92,220
Georgia 780 0.19 1.20 $41.34 $85,980
Iowa 200 0.13 0.83 $39.88 $82,950





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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,410 2.43 15.77 $46.68 $97,080
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,220 0.88 5.71 $44.03 $91,580
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.72 4.66 $55.13 $114,680
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 660 0.37 2.37 $37.07 $77,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 590 0.23 1.49 $41.61 $86,540
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 580 0.16 1.03 $26.94 $56,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.13 0.87 $36.84 $76,620
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.32 2.06 $37.45 $77,900
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 490 0.07 0.48 $37.42 $77,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 490 0.20 1.27 $45.20 $94,010




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)
Ames, IA 130 2.95 19.12 $45.11 $93,830
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,410 2.43 15.77 $46.68 $97,080
Pine Bluff, AR 60 2.00 12.97 $47.46 $98,720
Athens-Clarke County, GA 130 1.52 9.86 $40.29 $83,800
Ithaca, NY 60 1.22 7.89 $31.51 $65,550
Dover, DE 80 1.20 7.78 $31.69 $65,920
Worcester, MA-CT 260 0.95 6.13 $31.61 $65,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,220 0.88 5.71 $44.03 $91,580
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.72 4.66 $55.13 $114,680
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 140 0.68 4.41 $27.85 $57,940




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.54 3.51 $64.29 $133,720
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $59.76 $124,300
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.72 4.66 $55.13 $114,680
Pine Bluff, AR 60 2.00 12.97 $47.46 $98,720
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,410 2.43 15.77 $46.68 $97,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 490 0.20 1.27 $45.20 $94,010
Ames, IA 130 2.95 19.12 $45.11 $93,830
Trenton, NJ 50 0.24 1.57 $44.95 $93,490
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.55 3.58 $44.26 $92,060
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,220 0.88 5.71 $44.03 $91,580

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.01 6.56 $47.57 $98,950
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 3.36 $38.99 $81,100
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.34 $36.68 $76,290
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.12 $35.57 $73,980
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 3.22 $41.98 $87,320

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.01 6.56 $47.57 $98,950
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 3.36 $38.99 $81,100
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 3.22 $41.98 $87,320
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.34 $36.68 $76,290
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.12 $35.57 $73,980

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.01 6.56 $47.57 $98,950
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 3.22 $41.98 $87,320
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 3.36 $38.99 $81,100
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.34 $36.68 $76,290
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.12 $35.57 $73,980


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.

(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