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Considering a career as a Biochemist or Biophysicist in California?

14.0% Jobs Projection
$90,450 Median Salary
520 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Biochemists and Biophysicists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Biochemists and Biophysicists in California is growing faster than average.

  • Biochemists and Biophysicists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Biochemists and Biophysicists Work in California?

5,160 people worked as Biochemists and Biophysicists in 2018 in this state.

There were 4,480 Biochemists and Biophysicists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 680 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 330 Biochemists and Biophysicists working in it, which means California has more Biochemists and Biophysicists than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Biochemists and Biophysicists in this state are growing at a rate of 14.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 11.4%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 520 annual Biochemists and Biophysicists job openings in California, and 5,700 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 3,200 annual jobs and 35,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Biochemists and Biophysicists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Biochemists and Biophysicists ranged from $53,060 to $168,130 with $90,450 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $25.51 to $80.83. The median hourly rate was $43.48.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $45.47 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $1.99.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Biochemists and Biophysicists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Biochemists and Biophysicists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,000 $105,700
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,570 $72,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 $99,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 550 $81,650
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 110 $66,570
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 $120,970

Top States for Biochemists and Biophysicists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Biochemists and Biophysicists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New Jersey 6,350 $129,670
California 5,160 $90,450
Massachusetts 4,650 $101,550
Texas 1,380 $77,250
Pennsylvania 1,100 $87,680
Maryland 970 $91,870
New York 870 $56,360
Illinois 690 $99,690
Minnesota 680 $68,530
Tennessee 670 $75,310
Colorado 600 $69,240
Virginia 450 $0
Wisconsin 410 $75,810
North Carolina 390 $84,820
Florida 370 $72,250
Ohio 330 $49,020
Indiana 300 $90,850
Washington 300 $67,730
Delaware 240 $93,400
Connecticut 240 $0

Below are the states where Biochemists and Biophysicists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New Jersey $129,670
New Hampshire $105,370
Massachusetts $101,550
Illinois $99,690
Delaware $93,400
Maryland $91,870
Indiana $90,850
California $90,450
Arizona $90,210
Pennsylvania $87,680

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