Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
84,400 2.3 % $39.36 $81,870 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.66 $26.42 $35.94 $48.78 $62.77
Annual Wage (2) $42,960 $54,960 $74,740 $101,460 $130,560


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)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 16,480 5.73 $37.65 $78,300
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,270 2.05 $44.79 $93,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,610 0.61 $32.78 $68,190
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 7,580 2.11 $40.56 $84,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,650 0.28 $53.70 $111,690

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 16,480 5.73 $37.65 $78,300
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 4,920 2.92 $37.41 $77,820
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 7,580 2.11 $40.56 $84,370
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,270 2.05 $44.79 $93,160
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,060 0.94 $41.27 $85,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.04 $62.22 $129,420
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,650 0.28 $53.70 $111,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,420 0.10 $46.62 $96,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 100 0.02 $46.36 $96,420
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,270 2.05 $44.79 $93,160


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 10,550 0.63 1.07 $42.75 $88,920
New Jersey 7,110 1.77 3.00 $43.10 $89,640
Texas 5,600 0.47 0.80 $38.20 $79,450
Pennsylvania 5,280 0.91 1.54 $35.90 $74,680
North Carolina 4,080 0.95 1.60 $37.11 $77,180




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 7,110 1.77 3.00 $43.10 $89,640
Maryland 3,300 1.24 2.09 $53.90 $112,120
North Carolina 4,080 0.95 1.60 $37.11 $77,180
Pennsylvania 5,280 0.91 1.54 $35.90 $74,680
Wisconsin 2,520 0.89 1.51 $32.74 $68,100




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 260 0.37 0.63 $57.15 $118,870
Maryland 3,300 1.24 2.09 $53.90 $112,120
New Mexico 270 0.33 0.56 $48.06 $99,960
Virginia 1,440 0.38 0.64 $46.48 $96,680
Connecticut 1,270 0.77 1.30 $45.69 $95,030



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,570 0.68 1.15 $42.15 $87,660
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,590 2.22 3.75 $44.96 $93,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,450 0.84 1.41 $40.35 $83,920
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 2,030 1.97 3.32 $37.87 $78,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.45 0.76 $37.59 $78,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.54 0.91 $37.12 $77,220
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,950 3.34 5.63 $57.90 $120,440
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,710 1.53 2.59 $56.64 $117,820
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,710 0.93 1.57 $47.34 $98,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,460 0.75 1.27 $41.67 $86,680


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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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 590 5.29 8.94 $49.73 $103,440
Trenton, NJ 1,140 4.98 8.41 $45.70 $95,060
Midland, MI 170 4.92 8.31 $37.85 $78,720
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,160 3.89 6.58 $40.92 $85,120
St. Joseph, MO-KS 190 3.65 6.16 $35.98 $74,830
College Station-Bryan, TX 380 3.43 5.79 $24.92 $51,830
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,950 3.34 5.63 $57.90 $120,440
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 440 2.81 4.75 $37.58 $78,160
Lancaster, PA 580 2.42 4.09 $27.90 $58,040
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,590 2.22 3.75 $44.96 $93,510


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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,950 3.34 5.63 $57.90 $120,440
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,710 1.53 2.59 $56.64 $117,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.43 0.73 $56.40 $117,310
New Haven, CT 290 1.05 1.78 $52.43 $109,060
Salinas, CA 30 0.18 0.30 $51.85 $107,840
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $51.76 $107,650
Harrisonburg, VA (8) (8) (8) $51.03 $106,150
Peoria, IL 70 0.38 0.65 $50.89 $105,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 610 0.56 0.94 $50.71 $105,470
Albuquerque, NM 150 0.39 0.65 $50.42 $104,880

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.20 2.03 $32.09 $66,750
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 230 0.69 1.17 $35.49 $73,820
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 0.93 1.58 $31.05 $64,590
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 160 1.04 1.76 $41.39 $86,100
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.57 0.97 $39.27 $81,680

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.20 2.03 $32.09 $66,750
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 160 1.04 1.76 $41.39 $86,100
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.96 1.63 $36.65 $76,220
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 0.93 1.58 $31.05 $64,590
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.88 1.48 $56.75 $118,040

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.88 1.48 $56.75 $118,040
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 0.86 $48.46 $100,800
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.39 $47.73 $99,280
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.42 $45.28 $94,180
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 160 1.04 1.76 $41.39 $86,100


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