Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1021 Biochemists and Biophysicists

Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.


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)
26,410 3.5 % $43.01 $89,470 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.92 $26.62 $39.17 $53.94 $70.84
Annual Wage (2) $41,430 $55,360 $81,480 $112,200 $147,350


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,690 2.17 $44.30 $92,150
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,000 1.49 $42.26 $87,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.14 $31.04 $64,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 630 0.05 $41.21 $85,710
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 530 0.28 $51.52 $107,160

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 13,690 2.17 $44.30 $92,150
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,000 1.49 $42.26 $87,910
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 530 0.28 $51.52 $107,160
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 100 0.27 $23.75 $49,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.14 $31.04 $64,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 350 0.03 $59.56 $123,890
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 530 0.28 $51.52 $107,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $47.45 $98,690
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 190 0.08 $47.04 $97,840
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,690 2.17 $44.30 $92,150


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 5,980 0.42 2.06 $45.57 $94,790
New Jersey 3,890 1.02 5.05 $56.63 $117,780
Massachusetts 3,080 0.96 4.75 $49.01 $101,930
New York 2,010 0.23 1.16 $38.14 $79,330
Pennsylvania 1,430 0.26 1.26 $48.56 $101,000




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)
New Jersey 3,890 1.02 5.05 $56.63 $117,780
Massachusetts 3,080 0.96 4.75 $49.01 $101,930
Delaware 230 0.57 2.82 $46.18 $96,050
Maryland 1,140 0.45 2.24 $36.87 $76,690
California 5,980 0.42 2.06 $45.57 $94,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 50 0.09 0.44 $59.42 $123,590
New Jersey 3,890 1.02 5.05 $56.63 $117,780
Massachusetts 3,080 0.96 4.75 $49.01 $101,930
Pennsylvania 1,430 0.26 1.26 $48.56 $101,000
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $46.74 $97,210





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-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,520 1.48 7.28 $49.63 $103,230
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,560 1.24 6.11 $49.87 $103,730
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.51 7.43 $49.38 $102,720
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.24 1.20 $47.74 $99,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.26 1.29 $42.26 $87,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 850 0.95 4.69 $49.60 $103,180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.80 3.94 $45.31 $94,240
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 570 1.02 5.02 $38.12 $79,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.32 1.57 $31.20 $64,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 500 0.21 1.06 $32.06 $66,680




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)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.51 7.43 $49.38 $102,720
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,520 1.48 7.28 $49.63 $103,230
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 200 1.30 6.39 $50.37 $104,780
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 350 1.28 6.32 $42.34 $88,060
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,560 1.24 6.11 $49.87 $103,730
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 130 1.10 5.44 $45.18 $93,970
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 230 1.06 5.21 $48.56 $101,010
Madison, WI 350 1.06 5.23 $33.49 $69,670
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 570 1.02 5.02 $38.12 $79,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 850 0.95 4.69 $49.60 $103,180




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)
Boulder, CO 130 0.80 3.96 $56.26 $117,030
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 200 1.30 6.39 $50.37 $104,780
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,560 1.24 6.11 $49.87 $103,730
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,520 1.48 7.28 $49.63 $103,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 850 0.95 4.69 $49.60 $103,180
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.51 7.43 $49.38 $102,720
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 230 1.06 5.21 $48.56 $101,010
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.39 $47.80 $99,420
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.24 1.20 $47.74 $99,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.15 0.73 $47.12 $98,020

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 40 0.13 0.63 $34.45 $71,650

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.63 $34.45 $71,650

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.63 $34.45 $71,650


About May 2012 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:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013