Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
64,770 1.9 % $23.43 $48,730 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.11 $16.46 $21.47 $28.40 $36.17
Annual Wage (2) $27,260 $34,240 $44,660 $59,060 $75,230


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 14,640 1.05 $19.67 $40,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,870 1.06 $29.48 $61,320
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,170 2.19 $22.44 $46,680
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,490 3.70 $25.50 $53,040
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,750 0.09 $20.94 $43,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 5,490 3.70 $25.50 $53,040
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 1,910 3.15 $22.97 $47,780
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,520 2.72 $28.12 $58,490
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,170 2.19 $22.44 $46,680
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,740 2.13 $23.66 $49,210

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) $35.40 $73,630
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 730 0.19 $33.78 $70,270
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.03 $30.66 $63,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,870 1.06 $29.48 $61,320
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 190 0.64 $28.51 $59,300


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)
Texas 6,420 0.56 1.18 $24.25 $50,440
California 5,890 0.38 0.81 $23.24 $48,330
New Jersey 4,410 1.13 2.41 $32.30 $67,180
Ohio 3,890 0.74 1.57 $21.48 $44,670
Pennsylvania 3,690 0.65 1.38 $21.85 $45,440



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 640 1.48 3.15 $28.77 $59,840
Wyoming 390 1.38 2.93 $23.00 $47,850
New Jersey 4,410 1.13 2.41 $32.30 $67,180
Louisiana 1,940 1.00 2.13 $27.99 $58,210
Nevada 1,020 0.83 1.76 $24.42 $50,800



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 100 0.23 0.49 $34.62 $72,000
New Jersey 4,410 1.13 2.41 $32.30 $67,180
Alaska 120 0.37 0.79 $29.63 $61,630
Delaware 640 1.48 3.15 $28.77 $59,840
Louisiana 1,940 1.00 2.13 $27.99 $58,210




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,950 1.01 2.15 $26.68 $55,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,580 0.40 0.85 $24.40 $50,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.36 0.76 $22.11 $45,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.29 0.62 $22.08 $45,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,130 0.60 1.27 $26.95 $56,050
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,050 1.03 2.20 $21.11 $43,910
Pittsburgh, PA 1,040 0.92 1.95 $22.22 $46,220
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 940 0.80 1.71 $20.60 $42,860
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 930 0.53 1.12 $27.74 $57,690
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 830 0.80 1.71 $21.69 $45,120



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)
Lake Charles, LA 350 3.66 7.78 $27.88 $58,000
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 420 2.55 5.43 $29.02 $60,370
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 700 2.06 4.39 $28.34 $58,950
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 140 2.05 4.37 $21.93 $45,610
Cleveland, TN 90 2.01 4.27 $26.71 $55,560
Beckley, WV 80 1.89 4.03 $14.04 $29,210
Evansville, IN-KY 280 1.80 3.83 $26.52 $55,160
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 380 1.72 3.66 $16.87 $35,090
Athens-Clarke County, GA 130 1.65 3.51 $21.34 $44,390
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 240 1.64 3.50 $21.95 $45,660