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
$44,750
25th Percentile Wage
$56,910
50th Percentile Wage
$76,760
75th Percentile Wage
$102,210
90th Percentile Wage
$131,510

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 $131,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $76,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical scientists is $44,750.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,760
1.11% 2.67%
2016
$75,910
3.37% -
2015
$73,350
-3.69% -
2014
$76,060
1.81% -
2013
$74,680
-0.04% -
2012
$74,710
- -

Compare Physical Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of physical scientists in 71 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 aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $122,560. The lowest paying industry is the animal slaughtering and processing industry (annual salary $46,330). For detailed physical scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$122,560
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$122,430
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$112,250
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$111,720
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$104,620
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$100,180
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$100,010
Machinery Manufacturing
$99,770
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$99,210
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$99,000
Machinery Manufacturing
$97,390
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$95,600
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$94,910
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$94,050
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$93,000
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$91,310
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$91,110
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$90,670
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$87,000
Printing and Related Support Activities
$86,830
Printing and Related Support Activities
$86,830
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$85,280
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$84,710
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$83,720
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$83,370
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$82,950
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$82,020
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$82,020
Textile Mills
$81,500
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$81,010
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$80,720
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$80,360
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$80,280
Chemical Manufacturing
$79,680
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$78,900
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$77,730
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,200
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$75,450
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$74,880
Other Food Manufacturing
$74,590
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$74,560
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$74,400
Chemical Manufacturing
$74,390
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$74,270
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$74,150
Paper Manufacturing
$73,430
Chemical Manufacturing
$73,100
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$72,810
Fabric Mills
$72,480
Wood Product Manufacturing
$72,370
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$72,180
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,080
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$71,610
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$70,670
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$70,650
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$70,130
Ship and Boat Building
$69,870
Textile Product Mills
$68,300
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$67,790
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$67,570
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$67,090
Food Manufacturing
$66,870
Beverage Manufacturing
$64,970
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$64,230
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$63,840
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$63,210
Tobacco Manufacturing
$60,840
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$58,800
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$55,350
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$50,220
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$46,330

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




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