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Salary of Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

The average annual salary of life, physical, and social science occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all life, physical, and social science occupations in the United States. The life, physical, and social science occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$117,810
75th Percentile Wage
$88,040
50th Percentile Wage
$61,450
25th Percentile Wage
$43,490
10th Percentile Wage
$32,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for life, physical, and social science occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) life, physical, and social science occupations is $117,810. The median annual salary is $61,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,170.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all life, physical, and social science occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among life, physical, and social science professions and range from $35,140 to $109,600. The highest paid life, physical, and social science occupations are physicists with a median annual salary of $109,600. The lowest paid life, physical, and social science occupations in the United States are agricultural and food science technicians with a median annual salary of $35,140. For more salary information about a specific life, physical, and social science profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Physicists
$109,600
Astronomers and Physicists
$109,290
Astronomers
$105,410
Political Scientists
$104,920
Economists
$95,710
Other Physical Scientists
$94,030
Other Psychologists
$92,110
Materials Scientists
$91,980
Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$89,910
Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$87,980
Biochemists and Biophysicists
$84,940
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$79,930
Medical Scientists
$78,920
Hydrologists
$78,370
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$76,950
Geographers
$76,420
Physical Scientists
$76,260
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$75,630
Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers
$75,360
Other Biological Scientists
$74,720
Chemists and Materials Scientists
$74,720
Nuclear Technicians
$74,690
Chemists
$73,480
Sociologists
$72,810
Biological Scientists
$71,940
Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
$71,290
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$71,030
Life Scientists
$70,960
Psychologists
$70,700
Other Life Scientists
$69,100
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$68,900
Microbiologists
$67,790
Epidemiologists
$67,420
Urban and Regional Planners
$66,940
Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$66,250
Conservation Scientists
$61,860
Food Scientists and Technologists
$61,480
Animal Scientists
$61,110
Agricultural and Food Scientists
$60,690
Conservation Scientists and Foresters
$60,360
Soil and Plant Scientists
$59,920
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$59,280
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$58,270
Foresters
$57,980
Historians
$55,870
Forensic Science Technicians
$55,360
Geological and Petroleum Technicians
$54,810
Survey Researchers
$49,760
Other Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$44,650
Chemical Technicians
$44,180
Miscellaneous Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$42,820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$42,630
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
$42,190
Biological Technicians
$41,290
Social Science Research Assistants
$39,460
Forest and Conservation Technicians
$35,260
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
$35,140