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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Biological Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,570
25th Percentile Wage
$52,890
50th Percentile Wage
$71,890
75th Percentile Wage
$95,990
90th Percentile Wage
$128,960

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201671,890-0.46%2.84%
201572,2200.39%-
201471,9401.58%-
201370,8001.34%-
201269,850--

Table 2. Biological Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

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
$89,430
Transportation and Warehousing
$80,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,340
Manufacturing
$74,680
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$73,090
Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,510
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$71,350
Educational Services
$53,060
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,340
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,850



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