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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
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.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Home Health Care Services|| |
|Outpatient Care Centers|| |
|Hospitals - Local government owned|| |
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned|| |
|Offices of Dentists|| |
|Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals|| |
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals|| |
|Offices of Physicians|| |
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned|| |
|Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)|| |
|Hospitals - Privately owned|| |
|Ambulatory Health Care Services|| |
|Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories|| |
|Offices of Other Health Practitioners|| |
|Hospitals - State government owned|| |
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned|| |
|Specialty hospitals - State government owned|| |
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals|| |
|Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned|| |
|Specialty hospitals - Privately owned|| |
|Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers|| |
|Individual and Family Services|| |
|All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services|| |
|Other Ambulatory Health Care Services|| |
|Social Assistance|| |
|Vocational Rehabilitation Services|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 .