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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 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,350
25th Percentile Wage
$45,060
50th Percentile Wage
$63,340
75th Percentile Wage
$91,060
90th Percentile Wage
$123,280

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 $123,280. The median annual salary is $63,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,350.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of life, physical, and social science occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201663,3401.86%5.12%
201562,1601.14%-
201461,4500.96%-
201360,8601.25%-
201260,100--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (2016 Survey)

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 $35,560 to $115,870. The highest paid life, physical, and social science occupations are physicists with a median annual salary of $115,870. The lowest paid life, physical, and social science occupations in the United States are forest and conservation technicians with a median annual salary of $35,560. 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
$115,870
Astronomers and Physicists
$114,870
Political Scientists
$114,290
Astronomers
$104,740
Economists
$101,050
Materials Scientists
$99,430
Other Physical Scientists
$96,070
Other Psychologists
$95,710
Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$92,460
Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$89,780
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$82,760
Biochemists and Biophysicists
$82,180
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$80,530
Hydrologists
$80,480
Sociologists
$79,750
Medical Scientists
$79,730
Nuclear Technicians
$79,140
Physical Scientists
$77,790
Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers
$77,020
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$77,020
Chemists and Materials Scientists
$75,420
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$75,280
Psychologists
$75,230
Other Biological Scientists
$74,790
Geographers
$74,260
Other Life Scientists
$73,860
Chemists
$73,740
Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
$73,320
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$73,270
Life Scientists
$71,950
Biological Scientists
$71,890
Epidemiologists
$70,820
Urban and Regional Planners
$70,020
Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$68,910
Microbiologists
$66,850
Food Scientists and Technologists
$63,950
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$63,190
Agricultural and Food Scientists
$62,920
Soil and Plant Scientists
$62,300
Conservation Scientists
$61,810
Conservation Scientists and Foresters
$60,610
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$60,520
Animal Scientists
$60,330
Foresters
$58,700
Forensic Science Technicians
$56,750
Geological and Petroleum Technicians
$56,470
Historians
$55,110
Survey Researchers
$54,470
Other Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$46,040
Chemical Technicians
$45,840
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$44,250
Miscellaneous Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
$44,190
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
$44,190
Social Science Research Assistants
$43,190
Biological Technicians
$42,520
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
$37,550
Forest and Conservation Technicians
$35,560