Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
59,440 1.9 % $21.25 $44,200 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.51 $15.62 $20.21 $26.01 $32.07
Annual Wage (2) $26,030 $32,490 $42,040 $54,100 $66,710


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 12,390 0.97 $17.47 $36,340
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,360 1.04 $23.29 $48,440
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,210 2.20 $22.41 $46,620
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,970 3.48 $23.99 $49,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,840 0.10 $19.66 $40,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,410 4.27 $22.95 $47,740
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,970 3.48 $23.99 $49,900
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,800 3.09 $23.42 $48,710
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,930 2.31 $22.08 $45,920
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,210 2.20 $22.41 $46,620

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) 60 (7) $29.32 $60,990
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 840 0.21 $29.08 $60,490
State Government (OES Designation) 620 0.03 $25.98 $54,040
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,500 1.34 $25.51 $53,070
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 170 0.07 $24.97 $51,940


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 6,730 0.48 1.03 $21.92 $45,590
Texas 5,280 0.52 1.12 $23.52 $48,930
New York 3,520 0.42 0.90 $22.58 $46,960
New Jersey 3,380 0.90 1.92 $21.56 $44,840
Ohio 3,190 0.65 1.38 $20.22 $42,050




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 620 1.56 3.34 $25.53 $53,110
Wyoming 260 0.96 2.06 $17.82 $37,070
New Jersey 3,380 0.90 1.92 $21.56 $44,840
Nevada 960 0.86 1.84 $19.56 $40,690
West Virginia 590 0.86 1.84 $17.97 $37,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 250 0.32 0.68 $28.68 $59,650
Delaware 620 1.56 3.34 $25.53 $53,110
Massachusetts 2,450 0.79 1.68 $24.15 $50,230
Louisiana 1,400 0.76 1.63 $23.94 $49,790
Alaska 100 0.33 0.71 $23.80 $49,490

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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,070 0.83 1.77 $26.08 $54,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.47 0.99 $21.77 $45,280
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.47 1.00 $22.25 $46,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.29 0.62 $23.29 $48,440
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.29 2.76 $20.72 $43,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,180 0.71 1.52 $25.03 $52,070
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.17 2.49 $21.12 $43,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.60 1.28 $23.17 $48,200
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 970 1.00 2.13 $20.97 $43,610
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 950 0.77 1.65 $24.67 $51,320




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)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 760 2.40 5.12 $26.22 $54,530
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 250 2.16 4.63 $24.35 $50,650
Lake Charles, LA 180 2.11 4.50 $28.32 $58,910
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 200 2.10 4.49 $24.82 $51,630
Reno-Sparks, NV 400 2.10 4.48 $14.89 $30,980
Longview, WA 70 1.98 4.24 $16.76 $34,870
Decatur, AL 100 1.96 4.19 $23.64 $49,180
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 220 1.94 4.15 $21.43 $44,580
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 300 1.94 4.14 $23.81 $49,520
Morgantown, WV 100 1.78 3.81 $21.60 $44,930




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)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 350 1.08 2.31 $32.27 $67,130
Evansville, IN-KY 270 1.63 3.48 $30.00 $62,390
Victoria, TX 70 1.53 3.28 $28.86 $60,030
Albuquerque, NM 210 0.57 1.22 $28.78 $59,860
Lake Charles, LA 180 2.11 4.50 $28.32 $58,910
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 170 0.64 1.37 $28.18 $58,620
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 520 1.23 2.62 $27.67 $57,550
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 160 0.81 1.74 $26.97 $56,110
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 160 0.29 0.62 $26.81 $55,770
Fairbanks, AK (8) (8) (8) $26.52 $55,160

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 430 1.60 3.42 $18.58 $38,650
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 350 6.89 14.72 $24.55 $51,070
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 290 4.66 9.96 $21.38 $44,460
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.52 3.24 $23.83 $49,560
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.50 3.21 $18.69 $38,880

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 350 6.89 14.72 $24.55 $51,070
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 290 4.66 9.96 $21.38 $44,460
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 130 2.77 5.92 $14.13 $29,390
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 430 1.60 3.42 $18.58 $38,650
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.52 3.24 $23.83 $49,560

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)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.57 1.22 $30.27 $62,970
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 0.61 $28.07 $58,390
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 1.14 $27.74 $57,700
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.77 1.64 $26.24 $54,570
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 1.26 $26.04 $54,160


About May 2010 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 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.

(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:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011