Physical Scientist Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

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

Average Annual Salary of Physical Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,020
25th Percentile Wage
$56,180
50th Percentile Wage
$75,910
75th Percentile Wage
$101,180
90th Percentile Wage
$129,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical 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) physical scientists is $129,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical scientists is $44,020.

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 manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201675,9103.37%1.58%
201573,350-3.69%-
201476,0601.81%-
201374,680-0.04%-
201274,710--

Compare Physical Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of physical scientists in 59 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 physical scientist occupations is the commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing industry with an annual salary $113,120. The lowest paying industry is the tobacco manufacturing industry (annual salary $56,340). For detailed physical scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$113,120
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$110,710
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$104,620
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$100,010
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$99,210
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$99,000
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$98,560
Machinery Manufacturing
$95,180
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$95,090
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$94,550
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$94,050
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$93,000
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$92,070
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$91,310
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$91,260
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$91,110
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$89,950
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$89,530
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$87,000
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$82,950
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$81,630
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$81,630
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$80,770
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$80,710
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$80,410
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$80,280
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$79,270
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$79,120
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$78,960
Paper Manufacturing
$77,350
Textile Mills
$77,160
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$75,450
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$74,880
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$74,560
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$74,530
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$74,400
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$74,270
Chemical Manufacturing
$74,240
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$73,600
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$73,390
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,580
Fabric Mills
$72,480
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$72,460
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$71,730
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$70,650
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$70,130
Ship and Boat Building
$69,870
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$69,380
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$68,110
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$66,520
Other Food Manufacturing
$65,660
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$65,660
Beverage Manufacturing
$64,600
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$64,140
Food Manufacturing
$64,130
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$63,850
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$63,350
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$58,350
Tobacco Manufacturing
$56,340

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



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