Physical Scientist Salary in Sector of Mining

The salary statistics of physical scientists in the industry sector of mining are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare physical scientist salaries in different industries within the mining sector.

Average Annual Salary of Physical Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage
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Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical scientists in the industry sector of mining. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) physical scientists is $169,700. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $116,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical scientists is $55,510.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists in the industry sector of mining from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Physical Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Mining Sector

The average salaries of physical scientists in seven industries in the mining sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for physical scientist occupations is the oil and gas extraction industry with an annual salary $123,120. The lowest paying industry is the nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying industry (annual salary $69,830). For detailed physical scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Oil and Gas Extraction
Oil and Gas Extraction
Support Activities for Mining
Support Activities for Mining
Metal Ore Mining
Mining (except Oil and Gas)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


Highest paying industries for physical scientists.