Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-1021 Biochemists and Biophysicists

Study the chemical composition and 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 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)
22,860 8.3 % $42.57 $88,550 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.63 $28.82 $39.61 $51.93 $66.74
Annual Wage (2) $44,990 $59,950 $82,390 $108,010 $138,820


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 10,740 $44.84 $93,270
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,840 $43.78 $91,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,860 $27.66 $57,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 510 $36.20 $75,300
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 330 $44.17 $91,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 70 $66.90 $139,150
Outpatient Care Centers 60 $64.51 $134,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises 150 $53.86 $112,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 320 $50.88 $105,840
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 40 $45.90 $95,470


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 2,740 $45.88 $95,420 0.865
New Jersey 2,950 $46.25 $96,190 0.766
Pennsylvania 2,490 $50.64 $105,320 0.446
Delaware 170 $45.21 $94,030 0.411
Maryland 890 $40.19 $83,590 0.355

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Pennsylvania 2,490 $50.64 $105,320 0.446
District of Columbia 80 $48.21 $100,270 0.118
New Jersey 2,950 $46.25 $96,190 0.766
Massachusetts 2,740 $45.88 $95,420 0.865
Connecticut 320 $45.50 $94,640 0.195


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 500 $43.80 $91,100 3.171
Durham, NC 640 $39.67 $82,510 2.325
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 $46.98 $97,710 1.364
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,240 $51.07 $106,220 1.223
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,970 $46.55 $96,830 1.168

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 $60.87 $126,600 0.108
San Antonio, TX 70 $53.77 $111,840 0.083
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 $52.80 $109,820 0.150
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 $52.36 $108,900 0.071
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,240 $51.07 $106,220 1.223


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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