Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

19-1022 Microbiologists

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Include medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
13,880 4.5 % $29.45 $61,250 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.69 $19.71 $26.37 $35.70 $48.90
Annual Wage (2) $32,630 $41,000 $54,840 $74,260 $101,720

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific research and development services 3,020 $32.16 $66,890
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 3,000 $29.11 $60,550
Federal government (OES designation) 2,200 $38.25 $79,570
State government (OES designation) 1,250 $21.58 $44,890
Colleges and universities 1,040 $22.46 $46,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 2,200 $38.25 $79,570
Agricultural chemical manufacturing 80 $35.44 $73,710
Management and technical consulting services 60 $33.89 $70,490
Scientific research and development services 3,020 $32.16 $66,890
Electronic instrument manufacturing 30 $32.13 $66,830

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
Maryland 1,490 $37.80 $78,620 0.061%
Montana 120 $29.66 $61,690 0.030%
Idaho 150 $32.92 $68,470 0.026%
Massachusetts 680 $32.17 $66,910 0.022%
New Jersey 700 $30.24 $62,900 0.018%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Maryland 1,490 $37.80 $78,620 0.061%
District of Columbia 110 $36.24 $75,370 0.018%
Idaho 150 $32.92 $68,470 0.026%
Massachusetts 680 $32.17 $66,910 0.022%
Georgia 650 $30.75 $63,960 0.017%

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
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 50 $35.39 $73,600 0.143%
Athens, GA MSA 70 $32.31 $67,200 0.111%
Madison, WI MSA 270 $20.36 $42,340 0.094%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 130 $35.38 $73,590 0.085%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 130 $25.17 $52,350 0.060%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 240 $40.99 $85,260 0.025%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 1,370 $39.10 $81,320 0.050%
San Jose, CA PMSA 190 $37.96 $78,950 0.022%
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 50 $35.39 $73,600 0.143%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 130 $35.38 $73,590 0.085%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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