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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
$44,540
25th Percentile Wage
$59,960
50th Percentile Wage
$85,270
75th Percentile Wage
$115,180
90th Percentile Wage
$150,290

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 $150,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent physical scientists is $44,540.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart 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 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201685,270-12.33%22.99%
201595,78020.03%-
201476,600-10.98%-
201385,01022.75%-
201265,670--

Table 2. Average Hourly Salary

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21.41
25th Percentile Wage
$28.83
50th Percentile Wage
$40.99
75th Percentile Wage
$55.37
90th Percentile Wage
$72.26

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for physical scientists in the industry of research and development in the social sciences and humanities. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical scientists is $72.26. The median hourly salary is $40.99. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21.41.

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
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$116,270
Legal Services
$112,750
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$97,720
Scientific Research and Development Services
$97,500
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$85,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,010
Engineering Services
$74,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$71,320
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,040
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$68,170
Testing Laboratories
$57,260

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