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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
$45,450
25th Percentile Wage
$58,150
50th Percentile Wage
$78,970
75th Percentile Wage
$105,420
90th Percentile Wage
$139,340

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 $139,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $45,450.

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 health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$78,970
1.66% 8.99%
2016
$77,660
1.88% -
2015
$76,200
2.05% -
2014
$74,640
2.48% -
2013
$72,790
1.26% -
2012
$71,870
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Compare Life Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in 27 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 $116,360. The lowest paying industry is the vocational rehabilitation services industry (annual salary $38,980). 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
$116,360
Home Health Care Services
$99,240
Outpatient Care Centers
$91,210
Hospitals - Local government owned
$90,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$90,750
Offices of Dentists
$83,860
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$81,360
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$80,420
Offices of Physicians
$80,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$79,840
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$79,320
Hospitals - Privately owned
$78,820
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$78,340
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$75,530
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$74,560
Hospitals - State government owned
$74,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$73,780
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$70,390
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$69,380
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$69,130
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$68,910
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$68,130
Individual and Family Services
$65,430
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$57,570
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$57,570
Social Assistance
$55,340
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$38,980

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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