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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 $128,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $71,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,570. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of biological scientists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of biological scientists in 11 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $89,430. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $49,850).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |