Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-1022 Microbiologists

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes 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
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)
17,660 4.4 % $34.48 $71,720 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.93 $22.91 $31.36 $43.34 $55.63
Annual Wage (2) $39,380 $47,660 $65,230 $90,150 $115,700


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 4,780 0.76 $34.22 $71,180
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,960 1.49 $32.96 $68,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,600 0.13 $48.21 $100,280
State Government (OES Designation) 1,450 0.06 $25.08 $52,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,320 0.05 $27.08 $56,320

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 3,960 1.49 $32.96 $68,550
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,780 0.76 $34.22 $71,180
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 180 0.18 $32.79 $68,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,600 0.13 $48.21 $100,280
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 290 0.13 $35.07 $72,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,600 0.13 $48.21 $100,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.01 $38.88 $80,860
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 40 0.02 $38.22 $79,500
Offices of Physicians 50 (7) $37.60 $78,220
Animal Food Manufacturing 30 0.06 $37.52 $78,040


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 3,340 0.24 1.73 $37.75 $78,530
Massachusetts 1,870 0.59 4.30 $34.51 $71,770
Maryland 1,270 0.51 3.71 $49.15 $102,230
New York 1,170 0.14 1.01 $35.18 $73,170
Texas 680 0.07 0.48 $28.24 $58,740




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 1,870 0.59 4.30 $34.51 $71,770
Maryland 1,270 0.51 3.71 $49.15 $102,230
Montana 130 0.31 2.28 $31.42 $65,360
Delaware 120 0.29 2.11 $27.97 $58,170
California 3,340 0.24 1.73 $37.75 $78,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 1,270 0.51 3.71 $49.15 $102,230
Georgia 660 0.17 1.26 $41.79 $86,920
Louisiana 40 0.02 0.16 $41.28 $85,850
Oregon 130 0.08 0.58 $40.27 $83,770
California 3,340 0.24 1.73 $37.75 $78,530





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 1,530 0.91 6.63 $35.09 $72,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 960 1.00 7.25 $46.15 $95,990
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 880 1.59 11.53 $52.56 $109,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 870 0.71 5.13 $30.37 $63,170
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.11 0.80 $40.85 $84,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 550 0.25 1.80 $41.87 $87,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 0.74 $34.85 $72,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 1.13 $47.23 $98,240
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 350 0.29 2.08 $30.64 $63,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.19 1.38 $32.01 $66,570




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 880 1.59 11.53 $52.56 $109,320
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 160 1.28 9.27 $29.80 $61,980
Athens-Clarke County, GA 100 1.26 9.18 $41.84 $87,020
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 960 1.00 7.25 $46.15 $95,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,530 0.91 6.63 $35.09 $72,990
Madison, WI 250 0.75 5.45 $26.85 $55,840
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 200 0.73 5.31 $35.96 $74,800
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 870 0.71 5.13 $30.37 $63,170
Raleigh-Cary, NC 260 0.51 3.74 $25.26 $52,530
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 160 0.37 2.66 $29.57 $61,510




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 880 1.59 11.53 $52.56 $109,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 1.13 $47.23 $98,240
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 960 1.00 7.25 $46.15 $95,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.09 0.62 $45.18 $93,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 550 0.25 1.80 $41.87 $87,080
Athens-Clarke County, GA 100 1.26 9.18 $41.84 $87,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 60 0.04 0.26 $41.76 $86,850
Baltimore-Towson, MD 180 0.14 1.05 $41.15 $85,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.11 0.80 $40.85 $84,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.29 2.08 $39.82 $82,820

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.59 $21.52 $44,750
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 4.06 $30.52 $63,490

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 30 0.56 4.06 $30.52 $63,490
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.59 $21.52 $44,750

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 4.06 $30.52 $63,490
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.77 $45,290
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.59 $21.52 $44,750
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.11 $37,660


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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