Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
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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)
49,550 2.8 % $16.62 $34,570 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.39 $12.53 $15.69 $19.86 $24.85
Annual Wage (2) $21,610 $26,060 $32,630 $41,310 $51,680

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Scientific research and development services 14,250 $18.01 $37,470 1 14
Federal government (OES designation) 10,710 $14.36 $29,870 2 31
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 6,880 $19.32 $40,190 3 8
Colleges and universities 4,560 $14.92 $31,030 4 27
State government (OES designation) 2,850 $14.98 $31,170 5 26

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Electronic markets and agents and brokers (6) $26.78 $55,700 (6) 1
Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. (6) $26.01 $54,090 (6) 2
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers (6) $21.58 $44,880 (6) 3
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (6) $21.33 $44,370 (6) 4
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 30 $20.85 $43,370 30 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 900 $15.16 $31,530 0.308% 350
Delaware 830 $19.22 $39,970 0.206% 210
Washington 3,680 $17.20 $35,780 0.144% 425
Montana 490 $13.95 $29,020 0.124% 324
Idaho 610 $13.97 $29,050 0.108% 337

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 2,320 $20.14 $41,900 0.073% 306
Delaware 830 $19.22 $39,970 0.206% 210
New Jersey 1,980 $18.66 $38,820 0.051% 370
Michigan 1,190 $18.42 $38,310 0.027% 336
California 5,810 $18.10 $37,650 0.040% 408

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 690 $16.65 $34,640 0.272%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 760 $19.63 $40,840 0.250%
Athens, GA MSA 170 $15.93 $33,140 0.224%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 1,390 $17.24 $35,860 0.210%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 240 $14.56 $30,280 0.202%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 460 $23.53 $48,950 0.052%
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC MSA 40 $23.16 $48,170 0.009%
Des Moines, IA MSA (6) $23.09 $48,020 (6)
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 70 $22.86 $47,560 0.018%
Ventura, CA PMSA 300 $22.74 $47,290 0.102%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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