Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
65,510 1.9 % $23.93 $49,770 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.33 $16.80 $22.04 $29.23 $36.98
Annual Wage (2) $27,730 $34,940 $45,840 $60,790 $76,930


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 14,420 1.03 $19.71 $41,000
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,580 0.98 $30.18 $62,770
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,380 2.25 $22.31 $46,410
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,690 3.78 $26.71 $55,550
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,700 2.93 $27.94 $58,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,690 3.78 $26.71 $55,550
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,110 3.45 $24.15 $50,220
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,700 2.93 $27.94 $58,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,380 2.25 $22.31 $46,410
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,780 2.20 $23.07 $47,980

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) $36.59 $76,110
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 790 0.20 $34.54 $71,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.09 $30.76 $63,970
Warehousing and Storage 30 (7) $30.70 $63,850
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 90 0.19 $30.65 $63,750


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 6,710 0.42 0.90 $22.84 $47,510
Texas 6,260 0.53 1.14 $25.87 $53,810
New Jersey 4,170 1.05 2.26 $32.23 $67,030
Pennsylvania 3,980 0.69 1.48 $22.34 $46,470
Ohio 3,760 0.70 1.51 $21.45 $44,620




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 640 1.45 3.11 $29.60 $61,560
Wyoming 330 1.18 2.54 $22.48 $46,750
Louisiana 2,050 1.07 2.29 $28.95 $60,220
New Jersey 4,170 1.05 2.26 $32.23 $67,030
West Virginia 600 0.87 1.86 $23.90 $49,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 70 0.15 0.33 $32.91 $68,460
New Jersey 4,170 1.05 2.26 $32.23 $67,030
Delaware 640 1.45 3.11 $29.60 $61,560
Louisiana 2,050 1.07 2.29 $28.95 $60,220
Alaska 140 0.43 0.92 $28.80 $59,910





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 2,720 0.93 1.98 $28.27 $58,790
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.32 0.70 $24.87 $51,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.37 0.80 $20.32 $42,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,290 0.67 1.44 $26.57 $55,260
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.33 0.71 $23.39 $48,650
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,060 0.59 1.26 $27.55 $57,300
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,040 1.00 2.14 $20.82 $43,310
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.98 2.10 $21.34 $44,390
Pittsburgh, PA 1,000 0.88 1.88 $21.63 $44,990
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 960 0.93 2.00 $21.41 $44,530




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 500 3.10 6.64 $31.78 $66,110
Lake Charles, LA 300 2.94 6.30 $28.41 $59,090
Beckley, WV 100 2.34 5.01 $14.46 $30,080
Baton Rouge, LA 790 2.01 4.30 $32.59 $67,780
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 1.94 4.16 $29.29 $60,920
Evansville, IN-KY 280 1.81 3.88 $25.70 $53,450
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 130 1.81 3.87 $26.34 $54,790
Cleveland, TN 80 1.68 3.59 $23.41 $48,690
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 240 1.59 3.40 $23.71 $49,310
Charleston, WV 170 1.53 3.28 $27.06 $56,290