Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-4031 Chemical Technicians

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.


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)
64,550 1.9 % $24.52 $51,010 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.92 $17.35 $22.73 $29.90 $37.67
Annual Wage (2) $28,960 $36,090 $47,280 $62,190 $78,350


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 13,170 0.93 $20.45 $42,530
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 12,170 3.39 $27.73 $57,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,370 2.21 $22.83 $47,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,900 0.91 $29.32 $60,990
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 3,780 2.25 $23.88 $49,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 12,170 3.39 $27.73 $57,670
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 3,780 2.25 $23.88 $49,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,370 2.21 $22.83 $47,480
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,060 1.83 $27.55 $57,300
Metal Ore Mining 630 1.64 $28.15 $58,550

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) 50 (7) $37.70 $78,410
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 780 0.20 $34.66 $72,090
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 120 0.24 $31.41 $65,340
Oil and Gas Extraction 160 0.12 $31.33 $65,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,810 0.08 $29.33 $61,000


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 6,450 0.39 0.85 $23.07 $47,980
Texas 6,350 0.53 1.18 $28.51 $59,290
New Jersey 4,010 1.00 2.21 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 3,920 0.68 1.50 $22.68 $47,170
Ohio 3,270 0.61 1.34 $22.23 $46,230




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)
Delaware 600 1.35 2.98 $30.46 $63,350
Louisiana 2,330 1.22 2.70 $29.55 $61,470
West Virginia 820 1.20 2.64 $25.48 $52,990
Wyoming 290 1.06 2.35 $23.91 $49,740
New Jersey 4,010 1.00 2.21 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 600 1.35 2.98 $30.46 $63,350
Louisiana 2,330 1.22 2.70 $29.55 $61,470
Texas 6,350 0.53 1.18 $28.51 $59,290
Massachusetts 1,800 0.51 1.13 $27.09 $56,340
Alaska 100 0.32 0.71 $26.91 $55,980



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,990 1.02 2.25 $30.59 $63,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,540 0.38 0.84 $24.19 $50,320
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,570 1.34 2.97 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.33 0.73 $21.43 $44,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,330 0.69 1.52 $26.54 $55,210
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.08 2.38 $22.06 $45,880
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,080 0.59 1.30 $28.26 $58,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.29 0.63 $23.12 $48,090
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.61 1.34 $22.56 $46,930
Pittsburgh, PA 890 0.79 1.73 $21.56 $44,850


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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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 690 4.33 9.56 $33.69 $70,080
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 130 3.56 7.85 $31.16 $64,820
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 340 2.91 6.42 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 840 2.13 4.71 $33.47 $69,620
Charleston, WV 230 2.06 4.54 $28.30 $58,850
Idaho Falls, ID 130 1.97 4.36 $26.19 $54,470
Beckley, WV 80 1.96 4.34 $14.98 $31,160
Decatur, AL 100 1.90 4.21 $29.43 $61,220
Trenton, NJ 430 1.88 4.15 $26.15 $54,390
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 1.82 4.02 $30.30 $63,030


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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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 690 4.33 9.56 $33.69 $70,080
Baton Rouge, LA 840 2.13 4.71 $33.47 $69,620
Jefferson City, MO (8) (8) (8) $33.09 $68,830
Kennewick-Richland, WA 130 1.19 2.64 $32.33 $67,250
Corpus Christi, TX 210 1.12 2.48 $31.90 $66,340
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.50 1.11 $31.68 $65,890
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 130 3.56 7.85 $31.16 $64,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,990 1.02 2.25 $30.59 $63,630
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 1.82 4.02 $30.30 $63,030
Danbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $30.21 $62,830

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 360 8.46 18.68 $28.84 $59,980
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 260 0.77 1.70 $21.69 $45,110
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 0.99 2.19 $22.64 $47,090
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.06 4.55 $32.32 $67,230
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.30 2.87 $23.47 $48,810

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 360 8.46 18.68 $28.84 $59,980
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 2.55 5.62 $17.05 $35,470
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.29 5.06 $28.72 $59,740
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.06 4.55 $32.32 $67,230
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.32 2.92 $13.13 $27,310

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.24 2.74 $33.65 $70,000
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.06 4.55 $32.32 $67,230
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.83 $32.17 $66,920
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 1.11 $31.23 $64,960
Central-Southeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.90 1.98 $31.11 $64,700


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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