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Highest Paying Industries for Life Scientists

The top 100 highest paying industries for life scientists (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 $121,770, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - state government owned is the highest paying industry for life scientists. It is followed by drugs and druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers industry (average annual salary $102,220). 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 life scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Life Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$121,770
170
2 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$102,220
2,510
3 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$98,950
250
4 Natural Gas Distribution
$98,520
50
5 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$97,020
180
6 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$94,070
100
7 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$90,060
150
8 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$89,610
290
9 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$88,160
6,030
10 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$87,880
16,430
11 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$87,760
830
12 Chemical Manufacturing
$86,430
18,070
13 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$86,400
310
14 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$86,320
80
15 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$86,040
74,240
16 Scientific Research and Development Services
$85,950
75,340
17 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$85,940
680
18 Finance and Insurance
$85,750
90
19 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$85,750
710
20 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$85,040
260
21 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$84,520
70
22 Insurance Carriers
$84,360
70
23 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$84,360
1,000
24 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$84,180
1,000
25 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$83,990
560
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,060
89,160
27 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$81,240
1,110
28 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$81,070
1,260
29 Hospitals - Local government owned
$81,070
1,260
30 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$80,970
1,920
31 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$80,830
4,950
32 Tobacco Manufacturing
$80,810
60
33 Wholesale Trade
$79,890
5,990
34 Utilities
$78,810
440
35 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$78,480
190
36 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$78,380
5,020
37 Warehousing and Storage
$77,930
n/a
38 Transportation and Warehousing
$77,750
110
39 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$77,220
10,280
40 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$77,200
50
41 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$76,050
340
42 Engineering Services
$75,920
1,420
43 Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$75,750
60
44 Federal government, including USPS
$75,720
33,950
45 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$75,720
33,950
46 Manufacturing
$75,230
28,750
47 Health Care and Social Assistance
$74,640
28,820
48 Temporary Help Services
$74,550
2,870
49 Offices of Physicians
$74,500
4,030
50 Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,150
14,660
51 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$74,070
15,020
52 Employment Services
$73,830
3,060
53 Mining
$73,690
80
54 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$73,500
18,430
55 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$73,400
12,610
56 Outpatient Care Centers
$73,040
850
57 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$72,820
40
58 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$72,780
870
59 Machinery Manufacturing
$72,720
40
60 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$71,980
150
61 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$71,470
1,150
62 Information
$70,520
120
63 Administrative and Support Services
$70,230
3,490
64 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$70,180
3,500
65 Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$70,170
80
66 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$70,170
80
67 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$69,990
40
68 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$69,320
3,120
69 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$67,550
280
70 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$65,720
64,690
71 Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,720
64,690
72 Paper Manufacturing
$65,620
160
73 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$65,500
340
74 Logging
$64,750
330
75 Forestry and Logging
$64,750
330
76 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$64,720
1,770
77 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$64,170
1,000
78 Support Activities for Animal Production
$63,950
280
79 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$63,790
660
80 Support Activities for Crop Production
$63,740
390
81 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$63,730
3,830
82 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$63,290
130
83 Other Food Manufacturing
$63,260
2,120
84 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$63,030
103,120
85 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$62,540
9,370
86 Beverage Manufacturing
$62,490
280
87 Animal Food Manufacturing
$61,810
500
88 Retail Trade
$61,450
240
89 Hospitals - State government owned
$61,380
2,520
90 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$61,230
180
91 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$61,130
30
92 Wood Product Manufacturing
$60,050
790
93 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$59,850
11,880
94 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$59,760
620
95 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$59,660
960
96 Educational Services - Local government owned
$59,440
1,030
97 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$59,400
3,020
98 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,400
3,020
99 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$59,250
30
100 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$59,130
10,530