Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
29,110 3.8 % $44.06 $91,640 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.51 $27.75 $40.54 $54.80 $71.05
Annual Wage (2) $42,660 $57,720 $84,320 $113,980 $147,780


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 15,870 2.51 $44.85 $93,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,000 1.44 $42.38 $88,140
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,760 0.13 $33.65 $69,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 590 0.04 $39.59 $82,340
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 570 0.30 $53.49 $111,250

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 15,870 2.51 $44.85 $93,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,000 1.44 $42.38 $88,140
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 570 0.30 $53.49 $111,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,760 0.13 $33.65 $69,990
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 260 0.11 $41.95 $87,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $59.45 $123,650
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 370 0.03 $55.49 $115,410
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 570 0.30 $53.49 $111,250
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 330 0.01 $52.64 $109,500
Local Government (OES Designation) 100 (7) $48.35 $100,570


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 5,680 0.39 1.76 $48.92 $101,750
Massachusetts 3,850 1.18 5.38 $50.26 $104,540
New Jersey 3,560 0.93 4.24 $60.14 $125,090
New York 2,260 0.26 1.19 $36.31 $75,520
Pennsylvania 1,920 0.34 1.56 $48.17 $100,200




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 3,850 1.18 5.38 $50.26 $104,540
New Jersey 3,560 0.93 4.24 $60.14 $125,090
Maryland 1,330 0.53 2.40 $36.98 $76,910
Delaware 220 0.53 2.42 $42.79 $89,000
Missouri 1,060 0.40 1.83 $38.11 $79,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 3,560 0.93 4.24 $60.14 $125,090
Massachusetts 3,850 1.18 5.38 $50.26 $104,540
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $49.87 $103,720
New Hampshire 80 0.13 0.59 $49.85 $103,690
California 5,680 0.39 1.76 $48.92 $101,750





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 3,220 1.84 8.38 $50.74 $105,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,730 1.34 6.10 $45.20 $94,010
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.85 3.89 $50.13 $104,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.24 1.08 $45.44 $94,510
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.27 5.77 $53.90 $112,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.80 3.65 $54.85 $114,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 800 0.86 3.90 $52.30 $108,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.20 0.91 $49.15 $102,240
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 740 0.81 3.67 $48.07 $99,980
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 720 1.28 5.82 $37.80 $78,620




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,220 1.84 8.38 $50.74 $105,550
Madison, WI 480 1.41 6.44 $32.81 $68,250
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,730 1.34 6.10 $45.20 $94,010
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 360 1.30 5.94 $43.20 $89,860
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 720 1.28 5.82 $37.80 $78,620
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.27 5.77 $53.90 $112,100
Boulder, CO 210 1.27 5.80 $38.13 $79,300
Morgantown, WV 80 1.23 5.62 (8) (8)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 190 1.18 5.37 $50.75 $105,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 800 0.86 3.90 $52.30 $108,770




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)
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 140 0.27 1.22 $58.11 $120,870
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 30 0.25 1.14 $57.95 $120,530
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.23 $56.18 $116,850
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.80 3.65 $54.85 $114,080
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $54.56 $113,490
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.27 5.77 $53.90 $112,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 800 0.86 3.90 $52.30 $108,770
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.21 0.95 $51.72 $107,570
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 70 0.12 0.53 $51.15 $106,400
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 190 1.18 5.37 $50.75 $105,560

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 2.96 $49.79 $103,570

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 2.96 $49.79 $103,570

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 2.96 $49.79 $103,570


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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