Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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 purposes, such as 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
64,420 2.1 % $21.11 $43,900 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.58 $15.69 $20.23 $25.72 $31.49
Annual Wage (2) $26,170 $32,640 $42,070 $53,490 $65,490


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,970 $17.09 $35,540
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,640 $22.47 $46,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,430 $21.93 $45,620
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 6,000 $24.07 $50,070
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 3,060 $23.18 $48,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 990 $28.09 $58,420
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 80 $26.34 $54,790
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,770 $25.44 $52,910
Oil and Gas Extraction 80 $24.64 $51,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 $24.34 $50,640


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Delaware 890 $25.96 $53,990 2.157
Wyoming 310 $17.91 $37,260 1.105
New Jersey 4,080 $21.19 $44,080 1.061
West Virginia 700 $18.50 $38,470 0.991
Louisiana 1,700 $25.15 $52,310 0.907

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Mexico 320 $29.49 $61,350 0.397
Hawaii 80 $27.12 $56,400 0.143
Delaware 890 $25.96 $53,990 2.157
Louisiana 1,700 $25.15 $52,310 0.907
Alaska 120 $24.05 $50,020 0.386


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Victoria, TX 410 $29.34 $61,020 8.650
Boulder, CO 640 $28.76 $59,820 4.121
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 630 $25.72 $53,500 3.968
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 970 $26.15 $54,380 2.965
Lake Charles, LA 240 $29.86 $62,120 2.663

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Lake Charles, LA 240 $29.86 $62,120 2.663
Evansville, IN-KY 240 $29.77 $61,920 1.411
Victoria, TX 410 $29.34 $61,020 8.650
Albuquerque, NM 150 $28.82 $59,940 0.388
Boulder, CO 640 $28.76 $59,820 4.121


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010