Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
72,940 2.5 % $20.07 $41,740 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.99 $14.77 $18.76 $24.10 $30.24
Annual Wage (2) $24,930 $30,730 $39,020 $50,120 $62,890


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,950 0.70 $19.93 $41,450
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,940 3.25 $21.52 $44,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,170 0.60 $17.47 $36,330
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,620 2.35 $22.59 $46,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,560 0.28 $18.13 $37,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,940 3.25 $21.52 $44,760
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,620 2.35 $22.59 $46,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,950 0.70 $19.93 $41,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,170 0.60 $17.47 $36,330
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 650 0.29 $18.39 $38,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 520 0.02 $28.41 $59,080
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 6,620 2.35 $22.59 $46,980
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.04 $21.96 $45,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 0.01 $21.60 $44,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,940 3.25 $21.52 $44,760


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 10,840 0.77 1.35 $23.12 $48,100
Massachusetts 5,210 1.67 2.91 $23.52 $48,930
New York 3,860 0.46 0.81 $20.25 $42,110
Washington 3,610 1.34 2.34 $19.70 $40,990
Texas 3,060 0.30 0.53 $17.29 $35,960




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)
Massachusetts 5,210 1.67 2.91 $23.52 $48,930
Oregon 2,510 1.60 2.78 $17.92 $37,280
Alaska 460 1.49 2.60 $16.14 $33,560
Washington 3,610 1.34 2.34 $19.70 $40,990
Idaho 800 1.34 2.34 $15.38 $31,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,190 0.74 1.30 $24.30 $50,550
Massachusetts 5,210 1.67 2.91 $23.52 $48,930
California 10,840 0.77 1.35 $23.12 $48,100
Maryland 2,960 1.20 2.10 $22.82 $47,470
Minnesota 1,160 0.45 0.79 $22.67 $47,150

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 3,730 2.25 3.92 $23.49 $48,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,400 1.94 3.37 $22.56 $46,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,160 1.60 2.79 $20.57 $42,780
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,900 1.05 1.83 $23.09 $48,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.49 0.85 $22.69 $47,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.53 2.67 $24.57 $51,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 1.49 2.60 $30.42 $63,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.61 1.07 $22.56 $46,920
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.37 0.64 $21.85 $45,440
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 1,190 1.24 2.16 $18.49 $38,470




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)
Ames, IA 320 8.07 14.06 $18.83 $39,170
Rochester, MN 400 3.98 6.93 $30.25 $62,930
Lafayette, IN 300 3.74 6.51 $17.77 $36,950
Fairbanks, AK 110 3.28 5.71 $17.61 $36,630
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 480 3.10 5.41 $25.11 $52,230
Idaho Falls, ID 140 2.95 5.15 $12.83 $26,680
Flagstaff, AZ 140 2.49 4.34 $16.72 $34,780
Lewiston, ID-WA 60 2.41 4.21 $13.61 $28,310
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,730 2.25 3.92 $23.49 $48,850
Gainesville, FL 270 2.24 3.91 $16.29 $33,890




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 1.49 2.60 $30.42 $63,270
Rochester, MN 400 3.98 6.93 $30.25 $62,930
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $28.98 $60,280
Harrisonburg, VA 70 1.22 2.12 $28.52 $59,320
Peabody, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $27.48 $57,160
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 170 0.31 0.54 $25.33 $52,680
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.27 $52,550
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 480 3.10 5.41 $25.11 $52,230
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,170 2.11 3.68 $24.79 $51,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.53 2.67 $24.57 $51,100

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 360 3.00 5.23 $15.76 $32,790
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 320 5.53 9.63 $19.04 $39,600
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.53 2.67 (8) (8)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.41 4.20 $17.00 $35,350
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 2.61 4.55 $15.68 $32,610

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 320 5.53 9.63 $19.04 $39,600
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 3.13 5.46 $17.57 $36,540
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 360 3.00 5.23 $15.76 $32,790
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 2.91 5.06 $16.43 $34,180
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.75 4.79 $18.14 $37,740

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.41 2.46 $19.44 $40,450
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 0.77 $19.28 $40,110
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.20 $39,940
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 320 5.53 9.63 $19.04 $39,600
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.70 $18.79 $39,090


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.

(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

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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