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Highest Paying Industries for Biological Scientists

The top 81 highest paying industries for biological 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 $124,770, professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers is the highest paying industry for biological scientists. It is followed by merchant wholesalers, durable goods industry (average annual salary $124,770). 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 biological scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 81 Highest Paying Industries for Biological Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$124,770
n/a
2 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$124,770
n/a
3 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$105,060
1,640
4 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$102,860
770
5 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$101,050
920
6 Wholesale Trade
$100,000
1,170
7 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$91,060
160
8 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$90,240
150
9 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$88,880
90
10 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$86,470
520
11 Offices of Physicians
$84,900
170
12 Utilities
$84,610
60
13 Transportation and Warehousing
$83,810
n/a
14 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$81,980
29,120
15 Scientific Research and Development Services
$81,970
29,320
16 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$81,670
400
17 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$81,010
390
18 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$80,310
n/a
19 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$79,320
9,610
20 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$78,900
70
21 Hospitals - Local government owned
$78,900
70
22 Chemical Manufacturing
$78,640
11,200
23 Temporary Help Services
$78,290
1,210
24 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,100
35,470
25 Manufacturing
$77,880
12,460
26 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$77,730
500
27 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$77,650
500
28 Administrative and Support Services
$77,590
1,270
29 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$77,480
1,240
30 Employment Services
$77,380
1,270
31 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$77,300
980
32 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$77,240
1,280
33 Federal government, including USPS
$76,460
22,940
34 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$76,460
22,940
35 Health Care and Social Assistance
$75,600
2,310
36 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$75,410
940
37 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,990
850
38 Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,900
880
39 Outpatient Care Centers
$74,160
70
40 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$73,290
1,050
41 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$72,890
860
42 Engineering Services
$71,900
970
43 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$69,600
34,070
44 Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,600
34,070
45 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$67,770
44,650
46 Other Food Manufacturing
$67,060
70
47 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$63,370
2,300
48 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$62,790
2,360
49 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$62,750
2,150
50 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$61,450
3,660
51 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$61,310
180
52 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$59,990
n/a
53 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$59,830
40
54 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$59,170
10,270
55 Educational Services - State government owned
$59,160
10,270
56 Testing Laboratories
$58,260
1,320
57 Educational Services - Local government owned
$58,150
140
58 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$58,020
130
59 Beverage Manufacturing
$57,990
40
60 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$57,900
80
61 Support Activities for Animal Production
$57,900
40
62 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$57,610
13,080
63 Educational Services
$57,580
13,130
64 State government, including schools and hospitals
$55,300
19,360
65 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$53,330
2,680
66 Educational Services - Privately owned
$53,240
2,720
67 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,720
8,980
68 Hospitals - State government owned
$51,420
110
69 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$51,290
630
70 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,290
630
71 Social Advocacy Organizations
$50,830
580
72 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$50,700
110
73 Food Manufacturing
$49,580
260
74 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$48,830
40
75 Other Schools and Instruction
$48,830
40
76 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,890
790
77 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,560
90
78 Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$45,220
90
79 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$44,880
710
80 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$43,470
60
81 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$43,470
60