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

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

Average Annual Salary of Physical Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,020
25th Percentile Wage
$59,550
50th Percentile Wage
$79,390
75th Percentile Wage
$107,090
90th Percentile Wage
$132,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical 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) physical scientists is $132,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical scientists is $46,020.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$79,390
1.61% 7.63%
2016
$78,110
2.52% -
2015
$76,140
1.38% -
2014
$75,090
2.21% -
2013
$73,430
0.14% -
2012
$73,330
- -

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

The average salaries of physical 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 physical scientist occupations is the federal government, including usps industry with an annual salary $106,820. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $63,490). For detailed physical scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal government, including USPS
$106,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$106,800
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$79,390
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$77,470
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$69,650
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$69,350
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$64,460
State government, including schools and hospitals
$63,490

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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