Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-1022 Microbiologists

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.


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)
20,670 5.1 % $36.79 $76,530 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.67 $23.66 $32.59 $46.77 $60.10
Annual Wage (2) $38,830 $49,220 $67,790 $97,270 $125,000


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 5,440 0.86 $38.85 $80,810
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,610 1.69 $36.89 $76,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,420 0.12 $49.51 $102,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,000 0.07 $27.99 $58,210
State Government (OES Designation) 1,450 0.07 $26.85 $55,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,610 1.69 $36.89 $76,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.86 $38.85 $80,810
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 170 0.17 $32.35 $67,300
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 60 0.16 $38.92 $80,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,420 0.12 $49.51 $102,980

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) 2,420 0.12 $49.51 $102,980
Other Food Manufacturing (8) (8) $40.79 $84,850
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 60 0.16 $38.92 $80,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,440 0.86 $38.85 $80,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 260 0.02 $36.89 $76,740


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 4,750 0.31 2.05 $46.03 $95,750
Massachusetts 1,980 0.60 3.90 $30.88 $64,240
New York 1,740 0.20 1.29 $35.49 $73,810
Maryland 1,320 0.51 3.36 $51.19 $106,470
Pennsylvania 1,090 0.19 1.26 $34.32 $71,380



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)
Massachusetts 1,980 0.60 3.90 $30.88 $64,240
Maryland 1,320 0.51 3.36 $51.19 $106,470
Delaware 160 0.38 2.47 $29.25 $60,830
California 4,750 0.31 2.05 $46.03 $95,750
Montana 130 0.29 1.92 $35.21 $73,230



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 60 0.08 0.56 $51.55 $107,210
Maryland 1,320 0.51 3.36 $51.19 $106,470
California 4,750 0.31 2.05 $46.03 $95,750
Louisiana 50 0.03 0.18 $43.38 $90,240
Georgia 780 0.20 1.28 $41.05 $85,380




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.33 8.70 $52.84 $109,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,400 0.78 5.11 $32.83 $68,290
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 930 1.64 10.73 $53.22 $110,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 880 0.66 4.34 $46.26 $96,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 690 0.37 2.42 $35.08 $72,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 600 0.25 1.63 $42.22 $87,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 540 0.23 1.48 $40.67 $84,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.12 0.81 $41.39 $86,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 420 0.08 0.51 $35.64 $74,120
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 400 0.32 2.07 $35.36 $73,540



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)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 140 1.78 11.63 $38.68 $80,460
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 930 1.64 10.73 $53.22 $110,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.33 8.70 $52.84 $109,910
Ithaca, NY 70 1.32 8.65 $30.79 $64,050
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 140 1.01 6.63 $29.54 $61,440
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 0.99 6.50 $28.98 $60,280
Worcester, MA-CT 230 0.92 6.03 $25.33 $52,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,400 0.78 5.11 $32.83 $68,290
Madison, WI 270 0.76 4.99 $29.08 $60,480
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 140 0.71 4.61 $27.61 $57,440



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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 930 1.64 10.73 $53.22 $110,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.33 8.70 $52.84 $109,910
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.06 0.40 $48.33 $100,540
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $48.11 $100,060
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 880 0.66 4.34 $46.26 $96,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.22 1.41 $45.22 $94,070
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (8) (8) (8) $45.21 $94,030
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.59 $92,740
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $43.83 $91,170
Baltimore-Towson, MD 230 0.18 1.18 $43.79 $91,090

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 2.81 $21.47 $44,660
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.62 $33.80 $70,310
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.31 $25.34 $52,700
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.31 (8) (8)

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 2.81 $21.47 $44,660
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.31 $25.34 $52,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.62 $33.80 $70,310
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.31 (8) (8)

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.62 $33.80 $70,310
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.31 $25.34 $52,700
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.92 $45,600
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 2.81 $21.47 $44,660


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015