Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.


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)
72,900 2.5 % $21.75 $45,230 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.80 $15.86 $20.02 $25.99 $33.26
Annual Wage (2) $26,610 $32,990 $41,650 $54,060 $69,180


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 21,770 3.36 $23.42 $48,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,830 0.57 $20.72 $43,090
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,080 0.46 $19.05 $39,620
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,670 2.02 $24.78 $51,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,480 0.08 $21.66 $45,050

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 21,770 3.36 $23.42 $48,720
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,670 2.02 $24.78 $51,540
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 420 1.13 $22.90 $47,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,560 0.63 $21.06 $43,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,830 0.57 $20.72 $43,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 190 0.01 $29.53 $61,420
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 700 0.06 $28.79 $59,880
Offices of Physicians 450 0.02 $25.39 $52,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 80 0.02 $25.38 $52,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,270 0.02 $25.17 $52,350


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 12,510 0.81 1.53 $26.52 $55,160
Massachusetts 6,060 1.78 3.37 $24.13 $50,200
Pennsylvania 3,790 0.66 1.26 $21.86 $45,480
Texas 3,440 0.30 0.56 $20.10 $41,800
Maryland 3,370 1.30 2.45 $23.49 $48,850



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 6,060 1.78 3.37 $24.13 $50,200
Maryland 3,370 1.30 2.45 $23.49 $48,850
Alaska 430 1.30 2.46 $20.13 $41,870
Idaho 810 1.26 2.39 $15.75 $32,760
Oregon 2,180 1.25 2.37 $18.90 $39,320



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,510 0.81 1.53 $26.52 $55,160
Connecticut 600 0.36 0.68 $25.97 $54,010
Massachusetts 6,060 1.78 3.37 $24.13 $50,200
Minnesota 910 0.33 0.62 $23.63 $49,150
Maryland 3,370 1.30 2.45 $23.49 $48,850




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-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,750 2.69 5.10 $24.42 $50,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,830 2.09 3.95 $26.43 $54,970
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,060 1.50 2.84 $22.71 $47,230
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,020 1.98 3.75 $34.03 $70,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,840 1.20 2.26 $21.03 $43,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.40 0.76 $24.16 $50,250
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 1,590 1.60 3.03 $21.81 $45,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.52 0.98 $20.04 $41,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.22 0.42 $21.30 $44,300
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,180 1.14 2.16 $21.91 $45,580



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)
Corvallis, OR 290 8.27 15.64 $18.62 $38,720
Ames, IA 240 5.62 10.64 $21.37 $44,450
Ithaca, NY 270 5.37 10.16 $20.59 $42,820
Athens-Clarke County, GA 400 4.97 9.40 $22.77 $47,370
Flagstaff, AZ 230 4.03 7.62 $18.70 $38,900
Charlottesville, VA 350 3.38 6.39 $18.97 $39,470
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,750 2.69 5.10 $24.42 $50,800
Idaho Falls, ID 140 2.33 4.41 $14.40 $29,940
Wenatchee, WA 90 2.19 4.13 $19.68 $40,940
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,830 2.09 3.95 $26.43 $54,970