Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-2031 Chemists

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Excludes "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042) and "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).


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)
86,660 2.3 % $38.86 $80,820 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.28 $25.99 $35.45 $48.38 $62.34
Annual Wage (2) $42,180 $54,060 $73,740 $100,630 $129,670


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)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 16,520 5.82 $38.12 $79,290
Scientific Research and Development Services 14,720 2.19 $44.50 $92,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,130 0.65 $31.94 $66,430
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,610 0.28 $52.65 $109,510
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,710 3.13 $37.35 $77,690

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 16,520 5.82 $38.12 $79,290
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,710 4.43 $38.33 $79,730
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,710 3.13 $37.35 $77,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 14,720 2.19 $44.50 $92,560
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2,140 2.00 $36.51 $75,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $68.79 $143,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 130 0.07 $53.96 $112,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,610 0.28 $52.65 $109,510
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.02 $48.59 $101,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 14,720 2.19 $44.50 $92,560


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 11,660 0.73 1.18 $42.37 $88,120
New Jersey 6,410 1.62 2.63 $42.06 $87,490
Texas 6,400 0.54 0.88 $36.67 $76,280
Pennsylvania 5,250 0.91 1.48 $34.77 $72,310
New York 4,170 0.46 0.74 $40.16 $83,530




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 6,410 1.62 2.63 $42.06 $87,490
Maryland 3,240 1.23 1.99 $52.21 $108,600
Wisconsin 2,580 0.92 1.49 $32.79 $68,200
Pennsylvania 5,250 0.91 1.48 $34.77 $72,310
North Carolina 3,720 0.88 1.43 $35.63 $74,100




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 250 0.36 0.58 $57.82 $120,260
Maryland 3,240 1.23 1.99 $52.21 $108,600
Virginia 1,540 0.41 0.67 $47.82 $99,470
Connecticut 1,470 0.88 1.43 $45.58 $94,800
Massachusetts 2,860 0.83 1.34 $43.41 $90,280





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,380 0.67 1.08 $41.56 $86,450
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,760 0.94 1.52 $38.64 $80,370
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,490 2.15 3.48 $42.34 $88,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.50 0.81 $37.63 $78,280
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 2,060 2.01 3.26 $36.48 $75,870
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 1.84 2.99 $53.78 $111,870
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,900 3.28 5.31 $56.77 $118,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.52 0.84 $35.63 $74,120
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,830 1.02 1.65 $45.36 $94,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,440 0.76 1.23 $39.38 $81,900




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 950 4.22 6.84 $48.30 $100,470
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,060 3.61 5.85 $40.33 $83,890
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,900 3.28 5.31 $56.77 $118,070
College Station-Bryan, TX 340 3.19 5.17 $24.42 $50,800
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 980 2.44 3.95 $46.72 $97,190
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 340 2.27 3.68 $37.62 $78,250
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,490 2.15 3.48 $42.34 $88,070
Boulder, CO 370 2.12 3.43 $45.88 $95,440
Athens-Clarke County, GA 170 2.10 3.41 $38.77 $80,640
Idaho Falls, ID 130 2.07 3.35 $48.78 $101,450