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Medical Scientist Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

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

Average Annual Salary of Medical Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,560
25th Percentile Wage
$57,490
50th Percentile Wage
$78,950
75th Percentile Wage
$109,310
90th Percentile Wage
$149,990

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for medical 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) medical scientists is $149,990. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid medical scientists is $44,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of medical scientists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201678,9502.32%8.13%
201577,1202.89%-
201474,8902.51%-
201373,0100.66%-
201272,530--

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

The average salaries of medical scientists in 24 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 medical scientist occupations is the psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $126,290. The lowest paying industry is the all other ambulatory health care services industry (annual salary $59,750). For detailed medical 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
$126,290
Home Health Care Services
$99,240
Outpatient Care Centers
$96,550
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$85,930
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$85,390
Hospitals - Local government owned
$85,390
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$78,310
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$78,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$78,030
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$77,850
Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,830
Offices of Physicians
$77,820
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$77,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$76,410
Hospitals - State government owned
$75,200
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$74,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$72,150
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$68,130
Social Assistance
$65,520
Individual and Family Services
$65,520
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$64,440
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$59,750
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$59,750

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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