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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
$47,070
25th Percentile Wage
$62,860
50th Percentile Wage
$88,910
75th Percentile Wage
$122,860
90th Percentile Wage
$163,660

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 $163,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $88,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $47,070.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of life scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$88,910
4.26% 10.97%
2016
$85,120
0.41% -
2015
$84,770
3.20% -
2014
$82,060
0.91% -
2013
$81,310
2.64% -
2012
$79,160
- -

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

The average salaries of life scientists in twelve 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 legal services industry with an annual salary $168,900. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $58,430). For detailed life scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$168,900
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$92,920
Scientific Research and Development Services
$92,760
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$91,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,910
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$83,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$77,750
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,750
Specialized Design Services
$68,440
Engineering Services
$65,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$60,710
Testing Laboratories
$58,430

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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