The median annual wage for chemical technicians was $44,660 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $75,230.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for chemical technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
Basic chemical manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private
Most technicians work full time. Processing technicians often work longer and later shifts than laboratory technicians because many manufacturing facilities operate around the clock.
Median annual wages, May 2015
Life, physical, and social science technicians
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics