Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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 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)
22,800 4.1 % $41.63 $86,580 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.70 $27.18 $38.17 $51.16 $68.47
Annual Wage (2) $43,050 $56,540 $79,390 $106,410 $142,420


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,260 1.84 $43.66 $90,810
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,550 1.97 $42.59 $88,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,690 0.10 $30.04 $62,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 620 0.05 $37.60 $78,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises 300 0.02 $53.43 $111,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,550 1.97 $42.59 $88,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,260 1.84 $43.66 $90,810
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 290 0.20 $38.36 $79,790
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 250 0.11 $37.18 $77,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,690 0.10 $30.04 $62,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 50 (7) $95.68 $199,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 180 (7) $53.91 $112,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises 300 0.02 $53.43 $111,130
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.06 $48.71 $101,320
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 40 0.04 $46.28 $96,250


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)
California 5,710 0.41 2.28 $42.85 $89,120
New Jersey 3,330 0.88 4.92 $43.97 $91,450
Massachusetts 2,400 0.77 4.29 $45.07 $93,750
Pennsylvania 1,700 0.31 1.73 $49.47 $102,900
New York 1,700 0.20 1.13 $39.76 $82,690




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)
New Jersey 3,330 0.88 4.92 $43.97 $91,450
Massachusetts 2,400 0.77 4.29 $45.07 $93,750
Maryland 1,020 0.42 2.31 $40.99 $85,250
California 5,710 0.41 2.28 $42.85 $89,120
Pennsylvania 1,700 0.31 1.73 $49.47 $102,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 120 0.03 0.18 $50.88 $105,830
North Carolina 540 0.14 0.80 $50.50 $105,040
Pennsylvania 1,700 0.31 1.73 $49.47 $102,900
Tennessee 40 0.02 0.08 $48.14 $100,120
Delaware 110 0.28 1.56 $45.57 $94,790

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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,840 1.11 6.17 $44.68 $92,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,600 1.29 7.19 $45.40 $94,440
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.82 4.59 $50.67 $105,390
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.43 7.95 $41.97 $87,290
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.29 7.19 $46.25 $96,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 6.58 $40.05 $83,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 940 0.19 1.05 $45.26 $94,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.18 1.00 $32.52 $67,640
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.71 3.96 $46.28 $96,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.78 4.33 $47.21 $98,190




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)
Durham, NC 460 1.72 9.61 $52.93 $110,090
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 250 1.62 9.00 $49.31 $102,570
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.43 7.95 $41.97 $87,290
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,600 1.29 7.19 $45.40 $94,440
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.29 7.19 $46.25 $96,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 6.58 $40.05 $83,300
Boulder, CO 170 1.12 6.25 $44.19 $91,920
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,840 1.11 6.17 $44.68 $92,940
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 1.05 5.83 $48.63 $101,160
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 220 1.04 5.77 $39.75 $82,680




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 60 0.03 0.15 $57.72 $120,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.19 1.08 $56.39 $117,290
San Antonio, TX (8) (8) (8) $53.66 $111,610
Durham, NC 460 1.72 9.61 $52.93 $110,090
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.82 4.59 $50.67 $105,390
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 250 1.62 9.00 $49.31 $102,570
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 1.05 5.83 $48.63 $101,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.78 4.33 $47.21 $98,190
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.71 3.96 $46.28 $96,270
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.29 7.19 $46.25 $96,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.65 $48.24 $100,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.65 $48.24 $100,330

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.65 $48.24 $100,330


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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