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Highest Paying Industries for Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians

The top 100 highest paying industries for life, physical, and social science technicians (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 $74,680, electric power generation, transmission and distribution is the highest paying industry for life, physical, and social science technicians. It is followed by utilities industry (average annual salary $73,460). 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 life, physical, and social science technicians in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$74,680
5,560
2 Utilities
$73,460
6,090
3 Other Pipeline Transportation
$67,630
50
4 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$66,720
1,260
5 Oil and Gas Extraction
$65,990
4,050
6 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$63,530
330
7 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$62,220
80
8 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,770
2,160
9 Repair and Maintenance
$60,910
70
10 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$60,370
2,070
11 Natural Gas Distribution
$59,630
270
12 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$59,110
n/a
13 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$58,630
60
14 Information
$58,560
170
15 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$58,500
n/a
16 Pipeline Transportation
$58,030
360
17 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$58,020
60
18 Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$57,450
200
19 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$56,460
180
20 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$55,950
250
21 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$55,590
350
22 Mining
$55,370
12,260
23 Support Activities for Road Transportation
$55,010
160
24 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$54,770
2,710
25 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$54,630
170
26 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$54,160
100
27 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$53,670
80
28 Insurance Carriers
$53,580
70
29 Transportation and Warehousing
$53,580
900
30 Tobacco Manufacturing
$52,970
120
31 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$52,890
770
32 Hospitals - Local government owned
$52,890
770
33 Offices of Physicians
$52,780
980
34 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$52,620
100
35 Ship and Boat Building
$52,550
n/a
36 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$52,280
4,010
37 Warehousing and Storage
$51,950
n/a
38 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$51,880
210
39 Support Activities for Transportation
$51,720
290
40 Finance and Insurance
$51,610
130
41 Machinery Manufacturing
$51,590
850
42 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$51,220
30
43 Metal Ore Mining
$50,990
1,170
44 Support Activities for Mining
$50,880
6,440
45 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$50,770
500
46 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$50,420
5,890
47 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$50,400
640
48 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$50,060
850
49 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$49,980
930
50 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$49,820
40
51 Coal Mining
$49,690
140
52 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$49,510
1,770
53 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$49,440
30
54 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$48,900
1,000
55 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$48,380
n/a
56 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$47,990
70
57 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$47,990
310
58 Wood Product Manufacturing
$47,800
30
59 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$47,710
970
60 Specialized Design Services
$47,580
n/a
61 Office Administrative Services
$47,470
170
62 Chemical Manufacturing
$47,470
27,150
63 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$47,300
21,390
64 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$47,300
210
65 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$47,110
890
66 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$47,070
120
67 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$47,030
n/a
68 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$46,980
150
69 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$46,840
1,940
70 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$46,740
24,340
71 Waste Collection
$46,630
60
72 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$46,510
530
73 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$46,490
650
74 Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$46,170
60
75 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$46,170
12,230
76 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$46,120
930
77 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$46,010
1,730
78 Paper Manufacturing
$45,990
370
79 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$45,950
190
80 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$45,950
190
81 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$45,930
160
82 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$45,930
460
83 Traveler Accommodation
$45,730
60
84 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$45,710
300
85 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$45,640
50
86 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$45,560
560
87 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,410
13,870
88 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$45,160
210
89 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$45,080
2,960
90 Individual and Family Services
$45,060
160
91 Manufacturing
$45,060
45,490
92 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$44,830
260
93 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$44,710
190
94 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$44,610
2,020
95 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$44,610
40,890
96 Construction
$44,500
290
97 Scientific Research and Development Services
$44,410
49,740
98 Engineering Services
$44,330
7,710
99 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,210
2,000
100 Accommodation
$44,060
80