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Life Scientist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of life scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare life scientist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Life Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,680
25th Percentile Wage
$60,680
50th Percentile Wage
$85,120
75th Percentile Wage
$119,420
90th Percentile Wage
$159,000

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for life scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) life scientists is $159,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $45,680.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of life scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201685,1200.41%7.00%
201584,7703.20%-
201482,0600.91%-
201381,3102.64%-
201279,160--

Compare Life Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in eleven industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for life scientist occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $88,770. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $60,090). For detailed life scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$88,770
Scientific Research and Development Services
$88,720
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$88,310
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$85,120
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$81,210
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,730
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$73,210
Specialized Design Services
$68,440
Engineering Services
$68,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$62,570
Testing Laboratories
$60,090

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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