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Highest Paying Industries for Physical Scientists

The top 100 highest paying industries for physical 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 $170,950, other information services is the highest paying industry for physical scientists. It is followed by offices of physicians industry (average annual salary $144,820). 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 physical scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Physical Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other Information Services
$170,950
110
2 Offices of Physicians
$144,820
630
3 Oil and Gas Extraction
$125,870
9,550
4 Mining
$120,110
12,000
5 Support Activities for Mining
$117,400
1,700
6 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$113,800
480
7 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$111,380
n/a
8 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$111,380
n/a
9 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$110,170
230
10 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$108,990
70
11 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$105,500
440
12 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$104,540
70
13 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$104,370
200
14 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$104,050
230
15 Pipeline Transportation
$102,750
410
16 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$102,020
6,440
17 Federal government, including USPS
$101,930
29,320
18 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$101,930
29,300
19 Repair and Maintenance
$99,270
60
20 Other Support Services
$99,170
60
21 Natural Gas Distribution
$96,830
530
22 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$94,100
33,860
23 Scientific Research and Development Services
$94,030
34,140
24 Machinery Manufacturing
$92,980
780
25 Other Pipeline Transportation
$92,830
50
26 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$92,350
1,570
27 Information
$91,780
920
28 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$90,550
1,920
29 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$90,530
2,370
30 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$90,300
2,610
31 Utilities
$90,110
3,070
32 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$89,560
2,360
33 Outpatient Care Centers
$89,440
310
34 Transportation and Warehousing
$88,890
660
35 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$88,860
100
36 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$88,620
890
37 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$88,240
290
38 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$87,360
150
39 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$87,070
60
40 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$86,610
750
41 Metal Ore Mining
$86,440
600
42 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$86,140
40
43 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$85,740
240
44 Television Broadcasting
$84,860
660
45 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$84,770
680
46 Coal Mining
$84,760
50
47 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$84,690
750
48 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$84,650
720
49 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$84,500
1,810
50 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$83,740
490
51 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$83,390
980
52 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$82,990
60
53 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$82,830
570
54 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$82,640
550
55 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$82,230
190
56 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$81,990
180
57 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$81,860
80
58 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$81,620
610
59 Paper Manufacturing
$80,940
330
60 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$80,850
730
61 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$80,470
130
62 Health Care and Social Assistance
$80,240
4,510
63 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$80,090
80
64 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$79,850
n/a
65 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$79,400
150
66 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$79,190
130
67 Air Transportation
$79,000
70
68 Scheduled Air Transportation
$78,610
70
69 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$78,520
810
70 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$76,970
40
71 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$76,900
n/a
72 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$76,600
280
73 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,450
101,160
74 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$76,150
100
75 Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$76,130
90
76 Manufacturing
$76,060
39,550
77 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$76,020
2,140
78 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$75,760
180
79 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$75,260
320
80 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$75,090
72,790
81 Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,090
72,790
82 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$74,590
60
83 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$74,540
900
84 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$74,150
140
85 Chemical Manufacturing
$74,140
28,800
86 Engineering Services
$73,870
18,540
87 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$73,410
200
88 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$73,220
15,080
89 Printing and Related Support Activities
$73,130
40
90 Tobacco Manufacturing
$73,030
120
91 Facilities Support Services
$72,790
40
92 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$72,750
40
93 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$72,660
100
94 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$72,430
89,790
95 Hospitals - Privately owned
$72,020
2,450
96 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$71,950
5,000
97 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$71,900
60
98 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$71,660
1,260
99 Administrative and Support Services
$71,650
5,260
100 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$71,590
1,110