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Physical Scientist Salary in the Industry of Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The salary statistics and trend of physical scientists in the industry of research and development in the social sciences and humanities are shown in the following tables and chart. In Table 3 we compare physical scientist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Table 1. Average Annual Salary

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,150
25th Percentile Wage
$56,420
50th Percentile Wage
$86,100
75th Percentile Wage
$123,840
90th Percentile Wage
$158,770

Table 1 shows the average annual salaries for physical scientists in the industry of research and development in the social sciences and humanities. 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 $158,770. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $86,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent physical scientists is $36,150.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists in the industry of Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$86,100
0.96% 23.73%
2016
$85,270
-12.33% -
2015
$95,780
20.03% -
2014
$76,600
-10.98% -
2013
$85,010
22.75% -
2012
$65,670
- -

Table 3. Compare Physical Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of physical scientists in eleven industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown in Table 3. For salary information of physical scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Industry Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$123,270
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$113,100
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$100,580
Scientific Research and Development Services
$100,340
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$86,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,120
Engineering Services
$75,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$71,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$69,890
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,770
Testing Laboratories
$59,580

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