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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Biochemists and Biophysicists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,000
25th Percentile Wage
$58,630
50th Percentile Wage
$82,180
75th Percentile Wage
$117,340
90th Percentile Wage
$158,410

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 $158,410. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $82,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,000. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 252% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of biochemists and biophysicists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201682,1800.04%0.85%
201582,150-3.40%-
201484,9400.73%-
201384,3203.37%-
201281,480--

Table 2. Biochemists and Biophysicists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of biochemists and biophysicists in 7 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $111,700. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $53,600).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$111,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,040
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$84,140
Manufacturing
$80,020
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,210
Health Care and Social Assistance
$71,300
Educational Services
$53,600

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 $43,720 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 $43,720. 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
Connecticut
$105,560
Delaware
$97,330
Indiana
$97,020
California
$96,160
Ohio
$94,520
Illinois
$90,500
New Hampshire
$86,260
Massachusetts
$85,640
West Virginia
$85,600
Virginia
$85,360
North Carolina
$85,230
Pennsylvania
$81,580
Utah
$79,010
Maryland
$78,840
Missouri
$78,210
Texas
$77,340
Michigan
$75,510
Florida
$72,910
Washington
$72,720
Colorado
$72,220
New York
$66,980
Minnesota
$66,820
Maine
$65,000
Oregon
$64,990
Kentucky
$64,220
Nebraska
$64,210
Iowa
$62,500
Wisconsin
$61,960
Nevada
$59,020
Arizona
$55,770
South Carolina
$55,690
Tennessee
$53,140
Georgia
$48,880
Vermont
$46,780
Louisiana
$44,830
Oklahoma
$43,720


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