Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
18,550 5.0 % $35.22 $73,250 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.10 $23.51 $31.86 $44.58 $56.58
Annual Wage (2) $39,720 $48,900 $66,260 $92,730 $117,690


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)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,530 1.69 $35.92 $74,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,490 0.71 $34.50 $71,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,570 0.13 $48.52 $100,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,630 0.06 $28.57 $59,420
State Government (OES Designation) 1,430 0.06 $25.17 $52,360

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 4,530 1.69 $35.92 $74,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,490 0.71 $34.50 $71,770
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 210 0.20 $33.35 $69,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,570 0.13 $48.52 $100,910
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 40 0.11 $35.62 $74,100

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) 2,570 0.13 $48.52 $100,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.01 $38.07 $79,180
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 50 0.02 $36.68 $76,300
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,530 1.69 $35.92 $74,720
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 40 0.11 $35.62 $74,100


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 3,580 0.25 1.76 $41.07 $85,430
New York 1,690 0.20 1.39 $32.51 $67,610
Massachusetts 1,630 0.51 3.57 $35.13 $73,060
Maryland 1,260 0.50 3.52 $49.35 $102,650
Georgia 700 0.18 1.30 $41.21 $85,710




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 1,630 0.51 3.57 $35.13 $73,060
Maryland 1,260 0.50 3.52 $49.35 $102,650
Delaware 160 0.40 2.78 $27.39 $56,960
South Dakota 110 0.27 1.86 $25.66 $53,370
California 3,580 0.25 1.76 $41.07 $85,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 80 0.12 0.84 $50.01 $104,030
Maryland 1,260 0.50 3.52 $49.35 $102,650
Louisiana 60 0.03 0.22 $41.84 $87,020
Georgia 700 0.18 1.30 $41.21 $85,710
California 3,580 0.25 1.76 $41.07 $85,430





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 1,250 0.73 5.15 $36.27 $75,430
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 890 1.58 11.12 $52.98 $110,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 600 0.26 1.85 $41.43 $86,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 600 0.47 3.32 $32.18 $66,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 520 0.10 0.71 $41.61 $86,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.13 0.93 $38.27 $79,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.19 1.30 $43.69 $90,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.23 1.65 $36.17 $75,240
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.32 2.26 $31.80 $66,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 330 0.24 1.67 $33.34 $69,350




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 150 3.66 25.73 $39.80 $82,790
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 890 1.58 11.12 $52.98 $110,190
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 170 1.30 9.16 $32.63 $67,880
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.14 8.01 $43.02 $89,480
Madison, WI 300 0.89 6.28 $27.21 $56,590
Iowa City, IA 70 0.79 5.58 $27.61 $57,420
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,250 0.73 5.15 $36.27 $75,430
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 600 0.47 3.32 $32.18 $66,930
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.44 3.10 $27.78 $57,780
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 110 0.40 2.84 $38.15 $79,350




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 890 1.58 11.12 $52.98 $110,190
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $46.23 $96,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 0.70 $44.52 $92,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.19 1.30 $43.69 $90,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.32 2.26 $43.40 $90,270
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.14 8.01 $43.02 $89,480
Boulder, CO 60 0.35 2.49 $42.01 $87,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 520 0.10 0.71 $41.61 $86,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 600 0.26 1.85 $41.43 $86,180
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 60 0.27 1.92 $41.29 $85,890

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 South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 3.37 $22.97 $47,780
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 4.32 $27.47 $57,130
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.93 $20.22 $42,060

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 40 0.62 4.32 $27.47 $57,130
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 3.37 $22.97 $47,780
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.93 $20.22 $42,060

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 40 0.62 4.32 $27.47 $57,130
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 3.37 $22.97 $47,780
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.93 $20.22 $42,060


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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