Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
19,880 5.4 % $36.17 $75,230 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.66 $23.80 $32.61 $45.66 $58.20
Annual Wage (2) $38,820 $49,490 $67,840 $94,970 $121,060


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 5,060 0.80 $36.14 $75,170
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,850 1.75 $36.82 $76,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,490 0.12 $48.99 $101,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,730 0.06 $29.31 $60,970
State Government (OES Designation) 1,470 0.07 $25.67 $53,390

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 4,850 1.75 $36.82 $76,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,060 0.80 $36.14 $75,170
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 180 0.18 $32.64 $67,890
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 50 0.13 $34.37 $71,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,490 0.12 $48.99 $101,900

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) 2,490 0.12 $48.99 $101,900
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 50 0.02 $37.92 $78,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.01 $37.73 $78,470
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,850 1.75 $36.82 $76,580
Plastics Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $36.44 $75,790


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 4,360 0.30 1.98 $43.94 $91,400
Massachusetts 1,780 0.55 3.64 $35.09 $72,990
New York 1,700 0.20 1.31 $32.60 $67,810
Maryland 1,290 0.51 3.39 $51.55 $107,230
Pennsylvania 830 0.15 0.99 $36.36 $75,620




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 1,780 0.55 3.64 $35.09 $72,990
Maryland 1,290 0.51 3.39 $51.55 $107,230
California 4,360 0.30 1.98 $43.94 $91,400
South Dakota 110 0.27 1.79 $26.74 $55,620
Montana 100 0.24 1.57 $37.02 $77,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 1,290 0.51 3.39 $51.55 $107,230
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.68 $49.66 $103,290
California 4,360 0.30 1.98 $43.94 $91,400
Louisiana 50 0.03 0.19 $42.40 $88,190
Georgia 710 0.18 1.21 $41.84 $87,030





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 1,570 0.90 5.99 $35.29 $73,390
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 1.14 7.57 $51.38 $106,880
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 930 1.66 11.09 $54.00 $112,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 720 0.56 3.71 $38.79 $80,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 630 0.34 2.28 $37.05 $77,060
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 570 0.25 1.66 $41.87 $87,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 560 0.24 1.59 $40.67 $84,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 0.91 $40.90 $85,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 520 0.10 0.67 $39.07 $81,260
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 410 0.33 2.20 $34.31 $71,370




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 930 1.66 11.09 $54.00 $112,320
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.21 8.10 $44.94 $93,480
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 1.14 7.57 $51.38 $106,880
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 150 1.13 7.52 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 110 1.10 7.36 $27.72 $57,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,570 0.90 5.99 $35.29 $73,390
Madison, WI 300 0.87 5.79 $29.10 $60,540
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 230 0.59 3.96 $46.28 $96,270
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 720 0.56 3.71 $38.79 $80,690
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 210 0.48 3.21 $28.22 $58,690




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 930 1.66 11.09 $54.00 $112,320
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 1.14 7.57 $51.38 $106,880
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $47.26 $98,300
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 230 0.59 3.96 $46.28 $96,270
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 40 0.05 0.34 $45.63 $94,920
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 60 0.29 1.93 $45.15 $93,910
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.21 8.10 $44.94 $93,480
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (8) (8) (8) $44.73 $93,030
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $42.76 $88,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.26 1.77 $42.41 $88,210

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.17 $24.05 $50,030
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.95 $19.85 $41,290
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 3.80 $26.63 $55,380

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 0.57 3.80 $26.63 $55,380
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.17 $24.05 $50,030
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.95 $19.85 $41,290

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 0.57 3.80 $26.63 $55,380
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.17 $24.05 $50,030
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.95 $19.85 $41,290


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.

(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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