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Biochemists and Biophysicists Salary Information

The salary statistics of biochemists and biophysicists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of biochemists and biophysicists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The biochemists and biophysicists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Biochemists and Biophysicists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,410
25th Percentile Wage
$65,440
50th Percentile Wage
$91,190
75th Percentile Wage
$128,860
90th Percentile Wage
$177,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for biochemists and biophysicists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) biochemists and biophysicists is $177,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $91,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,410. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 267% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of biochemists and biophysicists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$91,190
9.88% 10.65%
2016
$82,180
0.04% -
2015
$82,150
-3.40% -
2014
$84,940
0.73% -
2013
$84,320
3.37% -
2012
$81,480
- -

Table 2. Biochemists and Biophysicists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of biochemists and biophysicists in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for biochemists and biophysicists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $148,830. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $55,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$148,830
Wholesale Trade
$110,160
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$102,980
Manufacturing
$77,630
Health Care and Social Assistance
$72,400
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,740
Educational Services
$55,720
Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,560

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Biochemists and Biophysicists by States

From the above tables we note that not only biochemists and biophysicists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of biochemists and biophysicists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $33,410 to $112,150. The highest paying state for biochemists and biophysicists is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $112,150. The lowest paying state is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $33,410. For more salary information of biochemists and biophysicists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$112,150
Massachusetts
$107,030
Connecticut
$105,560
New Hampshire
$99,110
California
$94,570
Delaware
$89,830
Oregon
$88,770
Indiana
$85,890
Virginia
$85,360
Pennsylvania
$84,400
Illinois
$84,010
Texas
$82,290
North Carolina
$80,340
Florida
$79,990
Nebraska
$79,920
West Virginia
$79,900
Maryland
$79,810
Utah
$79,010
Georgia
$77,290
Wisconsin
$74,620
Missouri
$74,460
Kentucky
$72,360
Colorado
$71,870
Minnesota
$71,870
New York
$71,190
Maine
$71,010
Washington
$70,180
Tennessee
$65,150
Arkansas
$64,970
South Carolina
$64,380
Alabama
$62,100
Iowa
$60,880
Kansas
$59,780
Nevada
$59,020
Michigan
$56,670
District of Columbia
$55,910
Arizona
$55,770
Rhode Island
$52,810
Ohio
$51,920
Puerto Rico
$49,170
Vermont
$46,780
Louisiana
$44,830
Idaho
$40,020
Oklahoma
$33,410



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