Life Scientist Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

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

Average Annual Salary of Life Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for life scientists in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) life scientists is $153,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $42,370.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of life scientists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
4.05% 5.29%
0.24% -
-1.48% -
0.49% -
2.02% -
- -

Compare Life Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in 36 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for life scientist occupations is the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry with an annual salary $93,880. The lowest paying industry is the seafood product preparation and packaging industry (annual salary $49,910). For detailed life scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Tobacco Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Paper Manufacturing
Animal Food Manufacturing
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Other Food Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Food Manufacturing
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


Highest paying industries for life scientists.