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Highest Paying Industries for Atmospheric and Space Scientists

The top 30 highest paying industries for atmospheric and space 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 $110,290, computer systems design and related services is the highest paying industry for atmospheric and space scientists. It is followed by manufacturing industry (average annual salary $106,000). 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 atmospheric and space scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 30 Highest Paying Industries for Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$110,290
200
2 Manufacturing
$106,000
50
3 Federal government, including USPS
$99,090
2,880
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$99,090
2,880
5 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$98,470
3,200
6 Federal, State, and Local Government
$98,470
3,200
7 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$96,950
n/a
8 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$96,950
50
9 Engineering Services
$96,840
150
10 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$95,530
40
11 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$93,180
4,790
12 Scientific Research and Development Services
$91,160
2,490
13 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$91,140
2,490
14 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$89,080
180
15 Information
$85,580
740
16 Television Broadcasting
$84,860
660
17 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$84,770
680
18 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$84,650
720
19 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,610
4,780
20 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$79,050
260
21 State government, including schools and hospitals
$74,840
n/a
22 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$74,150
n/a
23 Educational Services - State government owned
$74,150
n/a
24 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$71,900
1,870
25 Educational Services
$71,170
1,940
26 Transportation and Warehousing
$70,810
50
27 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,200
1,550
28 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$61,330
n/a
29 Educational Services - Privately owned
$60,240
n/a
30 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$59,090
370
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