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Highest Paying Industries for Biochemists and Biophysicists

The top 50 highest paying industries for biochemists and biophysicists (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 $134,100, professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers is the highest paying industry for biochemists and biophysicists. It is followed by merchant wholesalers, durable goods industry (average annual salary $134,100). 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 biochemists and biophysicists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 50 Highest Paying Industries for Biochemists and Biophysicists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$134,100
n/a
2 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$134,100
n/a
3 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$114,180
1,170
4 Wholesale Trade
$109,190
840
5 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$108,130
100
6 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$108,070
770
7 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$108,060
660
8 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$107,870
90
9 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$99,900
270
10 Hospitals - Privately owned
$97,900
260
11 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$97,640
260
12 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$93,820
n/a
13 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$93,740
n/a
14 Administrative and Support Services
$90,660
220
15 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,660
220
16 Employment Services
$89,480
210
17 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$89,420
16,210
18 Scientific Research and Development Services
$89,380
16,390
19 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,820
17,260
20 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$88,480
170
21 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$88,480
170
22 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$88,210
170
23 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$87,360
4,490
24 Engineering Services
$86,440
120
25 Chemical Manufacturing
$85,300
5,760
26 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$85,170
480
27 Manufacturing
$85,100
6,200
28 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$85,060
n/a
29 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$85,010
530
30 Health Care and Social Assistance
$84,290
890
31 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$82,050
360
32 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$78,930
510
33 Offices of Physicians
$75,510
30
34 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$73,910
320
35 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$73,020
780
36 Testing Laboratories
$68,360
210
37 Educational Services - Local government owned
$60,960
70
38 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$60,270
60
39 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$58,820
3,230
40 Educational Services - State government owned
$58,820
3,230
41 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$58,070
3,750
42 State government, including schools and hospitals
$57,310
3,580
43 Educational Services
$55,580
4,410
44 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$55,570
4,410
45 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$53,280
350
46 Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,280
350
47 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$48,630
1,110
48 Educational Services - Privately owned
$48,630
1,110
49 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$48,140
260
50 Food Manufacturing
$47,110
130
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