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Highest Paying Industries for Natural Sciences Managers

The top 85 highest paying industries for natural sciences managers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $184,400, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for natural sciences managers. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $172,650). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of natural sciences managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 85 Highest Paying Industries for Natural Sciences Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$184,400
210
2 Mining
$172,650
250
3 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$169,230
800
4 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$167,760
90
5 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$162,450
120
6 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$162,340
890
7 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$156,230
3,720
8 Wholesale Trade
$153,970
1,050
9 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$149,850
15,570
10 Scientific Research and Development Services
$149,240
15,930
11 Other Food Manufacturing
$142,560
100
12 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$141,290
21,830
13 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$140,400
310
14 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$136,220
430
15 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$135,850
410
16 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$132,210
220
17 Machinery Manufacturing
$131,100
40
18 Finance and Insurance
$130,990
80
19 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$129,060
50
20 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$128,870
3,020
21 Utilities
$127,400
110
22 Food Manufacturing
$126,320
170
23 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$126,140
130
24 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$126,120
370
25 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$125,980
80
26 Insurance Carriers
$124,690
40
27 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$123,230
60
28 Manufacturing
$123,180
6,790
29 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$122,820
4,670
30 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$121,820
40
31 Employment Services
$121,780
50
32 Administrative and Support Services
$121,690
120
33 Chemical Manufacturing
$121,530
5,690
34 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$120,150
360
35 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$119,450
350
36 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$119,420
170
37 Engineering Services
$117,770
1,060
38 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$117,280
30
39 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$116,660
220
40 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$116,480
110
41 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$116,220
220
42 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$115,770
40
43 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$115,600
120
44 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$114,140
600
45 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$112,760
100
46 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$112,520
40
47 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$111,010
40
48 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$109,780
40
49 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$109,570
2,630
50 Federal government, including USPS
$109,390
9,830
51 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$109,390
9,820
52 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$108,990
40
53 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$107,970
100
54 Hospitals - State government owned
$105,130
60
55 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$104,720
410
56 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$103,060
410
57 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$102,350
30
58 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$102,240
14,870
59 Federal, State, and Local Government
$102,240
14,870
60 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$102,070
140
61 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$101,940
16,280
62 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$101,880
60
63 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$99,920
390
64 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$99,650
1,210
65 Testing Laboratories
$99,650
1,510
66 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$99,530
100
67 Educational Services - State government owned
$99,470
1,220
68 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$97,710
370
69 Health Care and Social Assistance
$97,420
1,530
70 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$96,950
1,790
71 Social Advocacy Organizations
$96,930
330
72 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$96,650
1,880
73 Educational Services
$96,440
1,940
74 Offices of Physicians
$96,160
170
75 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$95,250
1,910
76 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$90,600
660
77 Educational Services - Privately owned
$90,570
690
78 Hospitals - Privately owned
$89,860
760
79 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$88,040
670
80 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$85,840
920
81 State government, including schools and hospitals
$81,760
4,550
82 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$81,430
760
83 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$75,110
3,260
84 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$69,180
90
85 Hospitals - Local government owned
$69,180
90
See also: Highest paying cities for natural sciences managers.