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Highest Paying Industries for Other Physical Scientists

The top 40 highest paying industries for other 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 $130,320, management of companies and enterprises is the highest paying industry for other physical scientists. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $126,640). 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 other physical scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 40 Highest Paying Industries for Other Physical Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$130,320
810
2 Mining
$126,640
n/a
3 Oil and Gas Extraction
$124,880
n/a
4 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$120,590
410
5 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$113,860
4,150
6 Scientific Research and Development Services
$113,860
4,160
7 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$109,190
5,090
8 Federal government, including USPS
$107,450
7,930
9 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$107,450
7,930
10 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$106,830
180
11 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$100,910
9,940
12 Federal, State, and Local Government
$100,910
9,940
13 Manufacturing
$97,790
880
14 Utilities
$92,270
250
15 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$91,560
240
16 Wholesale Trade
$91,280
110
17 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$90,180
50
18 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$88,040
14,760
19 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$83,810
80
20 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$83,610
80
21 Engineering Services
$82,580
220
22 Testing Laboratories
$82,270
210
23 Chemical Manufacturing
$81,330
160
24 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$80,830
450
25 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$80,380
60
26 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$80,380
60
27 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$78,090
140
28 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$77,750
n/a
29 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$77,280
n/a
30 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$74,450
360
31 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$73,300
380
32 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$72,100
1,650
33 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$70,960
340
34 State government, including schools and hospitals
$61,650
6,450
35 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$60,160
700
36 Educational Services - Privately owned
$60,160
700
37 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$59,110
5,500
38 Educational Services
$59,090
5,520
39 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$58,860
4,800
40 Educational Services - State government owned
$58,860
4,800
See also: Highest paying cities for other physical scientists.