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Biochemists

Biochemists - Wages & Trends

Wages for biologists vary by subject area. Wages also vary by level of education. Biologists who have a master's degree earn more than those who have a bachelor's degree. Those who have a PhD earn more than those who have a master's degree. In general, salaries are highest for those working in private industry and lowest for those working for colleges or universities.

Biologists who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan.

Biochemists and biophysicists (SOC 19-1021)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $34.10 $43.36 $56.39
Yearly $70,930 $90,186 $117,292
    Cook County Hourly $34.69 $43.90 $57.31
Yearly $72,158 $91,306 $119,207
    Lake County Hourly $33.41 $42.95 $58.00
Yearly $69,501 $89,333 $120,647
United States Hourly $32.55 $45.32 $61.53
Yearly $67,710 $94,270 $127,980

Biological scientists, all other (SOC 19-1029)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $29.34 $38.39 $47.43
Yearly $61,035 $79,845 $98,657
    Champaign Area Hourly $23.62 $32.94 $43.32
Yearly $49,121 $68,520 $90,098
    Cook County Hourly $30.08 $42.09 $49.08
Yearly $62,572 $87,556 $102,092
    Du Page County Hourly $33.22 $43.30 $47.73
Yearly $69,098 $90,054 $99,271
    Lake County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $27.13 $33.07 $40.01
Yearly $56,431 $68,775 $83,215
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $33.06 $38.12 $47.96
Yearly $68,765 $79,280 $99,752
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $32.21 $39.55 $41.16
Yearly $67,007 $82,274 $85,623
United States Hourly $31.12 $41.00 $50.55
Yearly $64,720 $85,290 $105,140
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Microbiologists (SOC 19-1022)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $26.72 $32.77 $47.45
Yearly $55,569 $68,160 $98,686
    Champaign Area Hourly $23.51 $28.79 $36.01
Yearly $48,909 $59,878 $74,896
    Cook County Hourly $26.58 $30.69 $40.43
Yearly $55,289 $63,829 $84,090
    Du Page County Hourly $21.92 $24.21 $30.45
Yearly $45,583 $50,359 $63,328
    McHenry County Hourly $24.80 $28.18 $31.59
Yearly $51,576 $58,619 $65,700
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $40.01 $55.34 $74.05
Yearly $83,211 $115,097 $154,026
United States Hourly $28.27 $40.58 $57.58
Yearly $58,800 $84,400 $119,770

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.