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Biological Scientist Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Biological Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
4.10% 6.82%
-0.46% -
0.39% -
1.58% -
1.34% -
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Table 2. Biological Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

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


💰 Highest paying industries for biological scientists.