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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. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,070
25th Percentile Wage
$46,110
50th Percentile Wage
$64,510
75th Percentile Wage
$92,850
90th Percentile Wage
$125,030

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 $125,030. The median annual salary is $64,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,070.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of life, physical, and social science occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$64,510
1.81% 6.84%
2016
$63,340
1.86% -
2015
$62,160
1.14% -
2014
$61,450
0.96% -
2013
$60,860
1.25% -
2012
$60,100
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among life, physical, and social science professions, ranging from $36,130 to $118,830. The highest-paid life, physical, and social science occupations are physicists with a median annual salary of $118,830. The lowest-paid life, physical, and social science occupations in the United States are forest and conservation technicians with a median annual salary of $36,130. 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
$118,830
Astronomers and Physicists
$117,220
Political Scientists
$115,110
Other Physical Scientists
$103,990
Economists
$102,490
Astronomers
$100,590
Materials Scientists
$99,530
Other Psychologists
$97,740
Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$92,070
Biochemists and Biophysicists
$91,190
Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$89,850
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$87,100
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$82,090
Medical Scientists
$80,970
Nuclear Technicians
$80,370
Hydrologists
$79,990
Sociologists
$79,650
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$79,370
Physical Scientists
$78,790
Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers
$78,680
Psychologists
$77,030
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$76,970
Geographers
$76,860
Other Biological Scientists
$76,690
Chemists and Materials Scientists
$76,280
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$75,090
Biological Scientists
$74,960
Chemists
$74,740
Other Life Scientists
$74,540
Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
$73,860
Life Scientists
$73,700
Urban and Regional Planners
$71,490
Microbiologists
$69,960
Epidemiologists
$69,660
Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$69,400
Food Scientists and Technologists
$63,660
Agricultural and Food Scientists
$62,910
Soil and Plant Scientists
$62,430
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$62,290
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$62,280
Conservation Scientists
$61,480
Conservation Scientists and Foresters
$60,970
Animal Scientists
$60,760
Foresters
$60,120
Historians
$59,120
Forensic Science Technicians
$57,850
Survey Researchers
$54,270
Geological and Petroleum Technicians
$54,190
Other Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$48,090
Chemical Technicians
$47,280
Social Science Research Assistants
$46,000
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$45,780
Miscellaneous Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$45,690
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
$45,490
Biological Technicians
$43,800
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
$39,910
Forest and Conservation Technicians
$36,130