The salary statistics of biological scientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of biological scientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of biological scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The biological scientists 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$42,550|
|25th Percentile Wage||$55,020|
|50th Percentile Wage||$74,960|
|75th Percentile Wage||$100,600|
|90th Percentile Wage||$136,340|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for biological scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) biological scientists is $136,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,550. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 220% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of biological scientists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of biological scientists in 14 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 biological scientists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $107,820. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $52,740).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |