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 $151,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $41,350.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Life Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in 28 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 computer and electronic product manufacturing industry with an annual salary $89,980. The lowest paying industry is the fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing industry (annual salary $52,890). For detailed life scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

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

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 life scientists.