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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Biochemists and Biophysicists
Industry profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists
Geographic profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists

National estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,010 8.0 % $ 50.39 $ 104,810 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 25.31 $ 32.55 $ 45.32 $ 61.53 $ 81.67
Annual Wage (2) $ 52,640 $ 67,710 $ 94,270 $ 127,980 $ 169,860


Industry profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Biochemists and Biophysicists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,100 2.54 $ 52.58 $ 109,360
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,740 1.25 $ 46.22 $ 96,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,950 0.06 $ 31.56 $ 65,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,130 0.05 $ 56.51 $ 117,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,100 0.07 $ 55.86 $ 116,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,100 2.54 $ 52.58 $ 109,360
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,740 1.25 $ 46.22 $ 96,130
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 690 0.18 $ 59.54 $ 123,850
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 700 0.17 $ 42.61 $ 88,640
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 370 0.10 $ 40.52 $ 84,290

Top paying industries for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 130 (7) $ 66.75 $ 138,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 820 0.05 $ 64.54 $ 134,250
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 690 0.18 $ 59.54 $ 123,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,130 0.05 $ 56.51 $ 117,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,100 0.07 $ 55.86 $ 116,200


Geographic profile for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Biochemists and Biophysicists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,650 0.47 2.02 $ 55.34 $ 115,110
Massachusetts 4,540 1.36 5.89 $ 53.25 $ 110,750
New Jersey 4,410 1.16 5.06 $ 55.61 $ 115,670
Pennsylvania 2,100 0.38 1.66 $ 51.67 $ 107,480
Texas 1,360 0.11 0.49 $ 37.47 $ 77,940




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 4,540 1.36 5.89 $ 53.25 $ 110,750
New Jersey 4,410 1.16 5.06 $ 55.61 $ 115,670
Delaware 360 0.84 3.64 (8) (8)
California 7,650 0.47 2.02 $ 55.34 $ 115,110
Maine 240 0.41 1.78 $ 36.47 $ 75,850




Top paying states for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 40 0.08 0.34 $ 79.47 $ 165,300
New Jersey 4,410 1.16 5.06 $ 55.61 $ 115,670
California 7,650 0.47 2.02 $ 55.34 $ 115,110
Massachusetts 4,540 1.36 5.89 $ 53.25 $ 110,750
Pennsylvania 2,100 0.38 1.66 $ 51.67 $ 107,480





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,120 1.58 6.88 $ 52.99 $ 110,220
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,100 0.46 2.02 $ 53.87 $ 112,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,330 0.86 3.76 $ 51.35 $ 106,820
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,260 1.62 7.03 $ 42.53 $ 88,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 850 0.28 1.22 $ 45.78 $ 95,220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 740 0.40 1.75 $ 63.33 $ 131,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 640 0.11 0.48 $ 42.83 $ 89,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 600 0.54 2.34 $ 69.72 $ 145,020
Trenton, NJ 590 2.55 11.09 (8) (8)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 560 0.58 2.50 $ 46.47 $ 96,660




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Trenton, NJ 590 2.55 11.09 (8) (8)
Boulder, CO 450 2.51 10.89 $ 46.82 $ 97,390
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,260 1.62 7.03 $ 42.53 $ 88,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,120 1.58 6.88 $ 52.99 $ 110,220
Worcester, MA-CT 380 1.41 6.14 (8) (8)
Portland-South Portland, ME 230 1.15 5.00 $ 36.41 $ 75,730
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.11 4.83 $ 29.80 $ 61,990
Madison, WI 350 0.92 4.01 $ 38.52 $ 80,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,330 0.86 3.76 $ 51.35 $ 106,820
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 220 0.72 3.11 $ 50.57 $ 105,190




Top paying metropolitan areas for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 600 0.54 2.34 $ 69.72 $ 145,020
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $ 63.60 $ 132,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 740 0.40 1.75 $ 63.33 $ 131,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 61.90 $ 128,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,100 0.46 2.02 $ 53.87 $ 112,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,120 1.58 6.88 $ 52.99 $ 110,220
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 160 0.13 0.56 $ 51.48 $ 107,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,330 0.86 3.76 $ 51.35 $ 106,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 0.09 $ 51.00 $ 106,080
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.18 0.80 $ 50.99 $ 106,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.90 $ 50.49 $ 105,030
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 2.54 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.90 $ 50.49 $ 105,030
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 2.54 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Biochemists and Biophysicists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.90 $ 50.49 $ 105,030


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021