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Life Scientist Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of life scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare life scientist salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Life Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,670
25th Percentile Wage
$52,630
50th Percentile Wage
$68,240
75th Percentile Wage
$86,590
90th Percentile Wage
$105,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for life scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $105,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid life scientists is $40,670.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$68,240
1.58% 4.69%
2016
$67,160
1.18% -
2015
$66,370
0.98% -
2014
$65,720
1.02% -
2013
$65,050
0.02% -
2012
$65,040
- -

Compare Life Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $79,390. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $56,170). For detailed life scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$79,390
Federal government, including USPS
$79,390
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$68,240
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$64,380
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$62,340
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$56,660
State government, including schools and hospitals
$56,170

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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