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Life Scientist Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of life scientists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare life scientist salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Life Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,220
25th Percentile Wage
$56,750
50th Percentile Wage
$77,660
75th Percentile Wage
$107,100
90th Percentile Wage
$146,950

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for life scientists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. 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 $146,950. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $44,220.

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 health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201677,6601.88%7.46%
201576,2002.05%-
201474,6402.48%-
201372,7901.26%-
201271,870--

Compare Life Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in 25 industries in the health care and social assistance 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 psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $120,140. The lowest paying industry is the social assistance industry (annual salary $59,850). For detailed life scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$120,140
Home Health Care Services
$99,240
Outpatient Care Centers
$92,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$85,470
Hospitals - Local government owned
$85,470
Offices of Dentists
$83,860
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$78,720
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$78,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$77,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,480
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$77,470
Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,270
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$76,920
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$76,410
Offices of Physicians
$75,950
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$75,100
Hospitals - State government owned
$72,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$72,130
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$69,010
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$68,130
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$67,070
Individual and Family Services
$64,040
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$61,060
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$61,060
Social Assistance
$59,850

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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