Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
71,590 2.5 % $21.02 $43,710 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.48 $15.46 $19.57 $25.14 $31.99
Annual Wage (2) $25,950 $32,160 $40,710 $52,290 $66,540


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 20,010 3.17 $22.47 $46,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,440 0.63 $20.11 $41,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,550 0.43 $19.12 $39,770
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,220 2.24 $24.29 $50,530
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,210 0.08 $19.94 $41,470

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 20,010 3.17 $22.47 $46,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,220 2.24 $24.29 $50,530
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 300 0.81 (8) (8)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 18,440 0.63 $20.11 $41,830
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,290 0.53 $19.44 $40,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 430 0.02 $29.13 $60,590
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.10 $25.54 $53,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,220 2.24 $24.29 $50,530
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 100 0.07 $24.26 $50,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 800 0.01 $23.06 $47,960


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 10,860 0.74 1.37 $23.70 $49,300
Massachusetts 5,540 1.70 3.15 $21.85 $45,440
Pennsylvania 4,250 0.76 1.40 $22.09 $45,940
Texas 3,920 0.36 0.67 $19.74 $41,050
Maryland 3,580 1.41 2.61 $24.09 $50,120




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 5,540 1.70 3.15 $21.85 $45,440
Maryland 3,580 1.41 2.61 $24.09 $50,120
Alaska 410 1.27 2.35 $20.21 $42,050
Montana 510 1.17 2.17 $17.45 $36,290
Washington 3,220 1.14 2.11 $20.43 $42,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,910 0.50 0.92 $26.63 $55,390
Connecticut 840 0.51 0.95 $25.61 $53,270
Maryland 3,580 1.41 2.61 $24.09 $50,120
California 10,860 0.74 1.37 $23.70 $49,300
Minnesota 1,200 0.45 0.82 $23.30 $48,470





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 4,250 2.43 4.50 $22.02 $45,810
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,610 2.02 3.75 $24.68 $51,340
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,410 1.31 2.42 $23.99 $49,900
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,070 1.43 2.64 $21.56 $44,850
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,930 1.51 2.79 $22.48 $46,760
Ann Arbor, MI 1,910 9.44 17.49 $17.85 $37,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,850 0.67 1.24 $19.28 $40,090
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.38 2.56 $31.77 $66,080
Pittsburgh, PA 1,420 1.25 2.32 $19.20 $39,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.35 0.65 $22.84 $47,510




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)
Ann Arbor, MI 1,910 9.44 17.49 $17.85 $37,130
Corvallis, OR 310 9.25 17.14 $18.62 $38,730
Ames, IA 240 5.86 10.85 $20.90 $43,470
Lafayette, IN 270 3.07 5.69 $18.85 $39,220
Ithaca, NY 150 3.02 5.60 $19.13 $39,790
Madison, WI 1,000 2.91 5.38 $19.22 $39,980
Auburn-Opelika, AL 150 2.86 5.29 $21.91 $45,560
Manhattan, KS 130 2.51 4.64 $18.62 $38,720
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,250 2.43 4.50 $22.02 $45,810
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,280 2.28 4.22 $26.43 $54,970




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.38 2.56 $31.77 $66,080
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.93 $62,260
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $29.22 $60,770
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 150 0.27 0.50 $27.67 $57,560
Bloomington, IN 50 0.65 1.20 $26.91 $55,980
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.85 1.58 $26.81 $55,760
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,280 2.28 4.22 $26.43 $54,970
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.17 0.32 $26.05 $54,170
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 500 0.58 1.08 $26.04 $54,170
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 70 0.08 0.15 $25.91 $53,890

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 280 1.73 3.21 $15.58 $32,400
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.75 3.25 $17.88 $37,190
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.76 5.11 $15.99 $33,260
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 2.02 $15.68 $32,610
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 2.81 5.20 $18.21 $37,870

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 2.88 5.34 $21.07 $43,820
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 2.81 5.20 $18.21 $37,870
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.76 5.11 $15.99 $33,260
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.29 4.24 $18.77 $39,030
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.87 3.47 $16.70 $34,730

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.24 $22.10 $45,970
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 0.57 $21.97 $45,700
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 2.88 5.34 $21.07 $43,820
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.78 3.30 $20.62 $42,890
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 0.61 1.13 $20.03 $41,660


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014