Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
74,980 2.6 % $22.79 $47,410 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.00 $16.69 $21.06 $27.17 $33.92
Annual Wage (2) $29,120 $34,720 $43,800 $56,510 $70,560


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 22,540 3.48 $23.95 $49,820
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,390 0.61 $22.66 $47,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,750 0.43 $19.92 $41,430
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,240 1.82 $24.42 $50,800
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,140 0.09 $23.87 $49,650

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 22,540 3.48 $23.95 $49,820
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,240 1.82 $24.42 $50,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,390 0.61 $22.66 $47,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,430 0.55 $25.29 $52,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,750 0.43 $19.92 $41,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 370 0.01 $28.68 $59,660
Outpatient Care Centers 250 0.03 $27.75 $57,720
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,430 0.55 $25.29 $52,600
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,470 0.03 $25.09 $52,180
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,240 1.82 $24.42 $50,800


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 12,590 0.75 1.43 $25.39 $52,820
Massachusetts 5,610 1.59 3.03 $29.38 $61,110
Texas 4,460 0.38 0.71 $21.98 $45,710
Pennsylvania 3,810 0.66 1.25 $22.35 $46,490
Maryland 3,800 1.43 2.71 $24.98 $51,970




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 5,610 1.59 3.03 $29.38 $61,110
Maryland 3,800 1.43 2.71 $24.98 $51,970
Oregon 2,600 1.42 2.70 $19.96 $41,510
Alaska 410 1.30 2.48 $21.23 $44,150
Colorado 2,960 1.16 2.20 $23.21 $48,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 5,610 1.59 3.03 $29.38 $61,110
Connecticut 780 0.47 0.90 $25.93 $53,930
California 12,590 0.75 1.43 $25.39 $52,820
Maryland 3,800 1.43 2.71 $24.98 $51,970
New Jersey 800 0.20 0.38 $24.97 $51,930



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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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,380 2.38 4.53 $30.51 $63,460
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,650 1.85 3.52 $25.27 $52,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.52 0.98 $26.19 $54,470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,270 1.58 3.00 $23.75 $49,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,080 0.71 1.35 $20.99 $43,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,850 1.12 2.14 $22.00 $45,760
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,540 1.33 2.54 $20.51 $42,650
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.22 0.43 $24.70 $51,370
Pittsburgh, PA 1,350 1.19 2.27 $18.95 $39,410
Columbus, OH 1,330 1.28 2.44 $19.13 $39,780


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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)
Corvallis, OR 330 9.12 17.34 $20.54 $42,720
Athens-Clarke County, GA 540 6.23 11.84 $24.76 $51,490
Ames, IA 270 6.06 11.52 $22.13 $46,020
Iowa City, IA 400 4.35 8.28 $21.67 $45,070
Wilmington, NC 410 3.28 6.23 $21.30 $44,310
Charlottesville, VA 340 3.08 5.86 $21.51 $44,740
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 750 2.50 4.76 $20.66 $42,970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 760 2.47 4.69 $22.50 $46,800
Wenatchee, WA 110 2.40 4.57 $19.24 $40,020
Ithaca, NY 120 2.39 4.54 $22.69 $47,200


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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)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.17 $79,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,380 2.38 4.53 $30.51 $63,460
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,150 1.98 3.76 $28.58 $59,440
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $28.46 $59,200
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.05 2.00 $28.40 $59,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 960 0.88 1.67 $28.20 $58,660
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.17 0.32 $28.03 $58,310
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 250 1.46 2.78 $27.46 $57,110
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.16 $56,500
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $26.89 $55,940

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 Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 300 4.64 8.83 $22.07 $45,910
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 2.99 5.69 $18.01 $37,460
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 190 1.91 3.63 $17.25 $35,880
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.83 5.38 $18.52 $38,520
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 2.61 4.97 $19.29 $40,130

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 Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 300 4.64 8.83 $22.07 $45,910
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 210 2.99 5.69 $18.01 $37,460
Southeast Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.98 5.67 $17.50 $36,410
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.83 5.38 $18.52 $38,520
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.73 5.20 $17.57 $36,560

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.00 $54,070
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.51 $22.59 $46,980
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 300 4.64 8.83 $22.07 $45,910
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.84 $45,430
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.63 5.00 $21.60 $44,930


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