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

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

Average Annual Salary of Physical Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,350
25th Percentile Wage
$56,080
50th Percentile Wage
$78,010
75th Percentile Wage
$111,900
90th Percentile Wage
$149,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical 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) physical scientists is $149,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical scientists is $42,350.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201678,0101.44%4.58%
201576,8900.57%-
201476,450-0.03%-
201376,4702.65%-
201274,440--

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

The average salaries of physical 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 physical scientist occupations is the computer systems design and related services industry with an annual salary $116,270. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $57,260). For detailed physical scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name 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

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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