Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.


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)
74,720 2.4 % $22.18 $46,130 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.30 $16.27 $20.44 $26.44 $33.46
Annual Wage (2) $27,660 $33,840 $42,520 $54,990 $69,590


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 23,640 3.52 $23.92 $49,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,750 0.59 $21.33 $44,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,150 0.45 $19.32 $40,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,540 1.95 $23.68 $49,250
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,690 0.07 $23.16 $48,160

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 23,640 3.52 $23.92 $49,750
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,540 1.95 $23.68 $49,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,750 0.59 $21.33 $44,370
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,400 0.55 $21.42 $44,540
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 160 0.46 $22.17 $46,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 180 0.01 $29.93 $62,240
Outpatient Care Centers 180 0.02 $28.49 $59,250
Offices of Physicians 440 0.02 $27.40 $57,000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 830 0.06 $27.21 $56,590
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 60 0.04 $25.49 $53,020


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 12,890 0.81 1.52 $25.99 $54,070
Massachusetts 5,470 1.58 2.97 $25.09 $52,180
Pennsylvania 3,990 0.69 1.30 $22.33 $46,440
Texas 3,760 0.32 0.60 $23.02 $47,880
Maryland 3,520 1.33 2.50 $24.31 $50,570




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)
Massachusetts 5,470 1.58 2.97 $25.09 $52,180
Oregon 2,730 1.52 2.86 $19.25 $40,040
Maryland 3,520 1.33 2.50 $24.31 $50,570
Alaska 420 1.31 2.47 $20.74 $43,130
Idaho 810 1.22 2.30 $16.49 $34,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,890 0.81 1.52 $25.99 $54,070
Massachusetts 5,470 1.58 2.97 $25.09 $52,180
Delaware 110 0.25 0.46 $24.49 $50,930
Maryland 3,520 1.33 2.50 $24.31 $50,570
Connecticut 1,130 0.68 1.28 $24.30 $50,540





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 4,200 2.33 4.37 $25.61 $53,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,630 0.62 1.17 $25.75 $53,570
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,500 1.80 3.39 $25.38 $52,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,180 1.54 2.89 $23.21 $48,270
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.32 0.61 $22.61 $47,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,800 0.61 1.15 $21.13 $43,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,740 1.09 2.06 $21.56 $44,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,670 1.47 2.76 $19.98 $41,550
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.55 2.92 $31.45 $65,420
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.21 2.27 $23.22 $48,290




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)
Corvallis, OR 250 7.67 14.41 $19.51 $40,590
Ames, IA 290 6.67 12.53 $21.84 $45,430
Athens-Clarke County, GA 450 5.44 10.23 $23.10 $48,040
Ithaca, NY 230 4.61 8.66 $20.97 $43,620
Iowa City, IA 400 4.45 8.36 $21.24 $44,180
Flagstaff, AZ 240 3.84 7.21 $19.16 $39,860
Charlottesville, VA 330 3.04 5.71 $18.82 $39,150
Wilmington, NC 360 2.90 5.45 $20.38 $42,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,200 2.33 4.37 $25.61 $53,280
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 640 2.20 4.13 $21.90 $45,550