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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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

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
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Ship and Boat Building
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Other Food Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Beverage Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Tobacco 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 physical scientists.