Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
21,870 6.5 % $37.69 $78,400 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.49 $24.22 $33.64 $49.05 $62.29
Annual Wage (2) $40,540 $50,370 $69,960 $102,030 $129,560


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 5,680 0.88 $44.01 $91,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,650 1.27 $35.68 $74,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,400 0.08 $27.82 $57,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,310 0.11 $52.50 $109,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,420 0.10 $29.84 $62,060

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 3,650 1.27 $35.68 $74,220
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,680 0.88 $44.01 $91,530
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 250 0.15 $34.10 $70,920
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 350 0.13 $34.00 $70,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,310 0.11 $52.50 $109,200

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) 2,310 0.11 $52.50 $109,200
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 330 0.02 $45.42 $94,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $44.22 $91,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,680 0.88 $44.01 $91,530
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 120 0.03 $41.68 $86,690


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 5,120 0.31 2.00 $46.21 $96,120
Maryland 2,140 0.80 5.23 $46.57 $96,860
Texas 1,180 0.10 0.65 $26.58 $55,290
Massachusetts 950 0.27 1.76 $40.07 $83,350
Illinois 910 0.15 1.00 $28.72 $59,730




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 2,140 0.80 5.23 $46.57 $96,860
California 5,120 0.31 2.00 $46.21 $96,120
Massachusetts 950 0.27 1.76 $40.07 $83,350
Montana 120 0.26 1.68 $39.94 $83,070
Georgia 850 0.20 1.28 $42.71 $88,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 2,140 0.80 5.23 $46.57 $96,860
California 5,120 0.31 2.00 $46.21 $96,120
Georgia 850 0.20 1.28 $42.71 $88,830
Virginia 490 0.13 0.84 $40.33 $83,890
Massachusetts 950 0.27 1.76 $40.07 $83,350



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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,570 2.69 17.55 $47.77 $99,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 680 0.26 1.69 $42.05 $87,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.24 1.60 $46.50 $96,720
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 1.06 $28.16 $58,560
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 600 0.32 2.11 $42.44 $88,280
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.49 3.21 $54.34 $113,020
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.08 0.49 $36.85 $76,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.11 0.74 $36.89 $76,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 410 0.14 0.91 $24.76 $51,500
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 400 0.39 2.55 $39.60 $82,370


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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)
Ames, IA 130 2.87 18.68 $45.19 $94,000
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,570 2.69 17.55 $47.77 $99,370
Fort Collins, CO 200 1.28 8.36 $29.25 $60,850
Dover, DE 80 1.25 8.11 $32.58 $67,760
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.24 8.07 $24.66 $51,290
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.07 6.97 $46.88 $97,520
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 0.76 4.92 $58.21 $121,080
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.69 4.51 $27.42 $57,020
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.49 3.21 $54.34 $113,020
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 150 0.49 3.22 $34.31 $71,360


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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)
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $64.85 $134,890
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 0.76 4.92 $58.21 $121,080
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.49 3.21 $54.34 $113,020
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $48.76 $101,430
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,570 2.69 17.55 $47.77 $99,370
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.07 6.97 $46.88 $97,520
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 30 0.03 0.20 $46.80 $97,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.24 1.60 $46.50 $96,720
Ames, IA 130 2.87 18.68 $45.19 $94,000
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $43.15 $89,740

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)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 2.29 $26.19 $54,480
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 6.18 $48.44 $100,750
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 5.07 $39.20 $81,540
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.48 $27.20 $56,580

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 6.18 $48.44 $100,750
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 5.07 $39.20 $81,540
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 2.29 $26.19 $54,480
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.48 $27.20 $56,580

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 6.18 $48.44 $100,750
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.87 $82,930
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 5.07 $39.20 $81,540
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.48 $27.20 $56,580
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 2.29 $26.19 $54,480


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