Life Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of life scientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of life scientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of life scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The life scientists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Life Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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 life scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) life scientists is $139,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,230. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 230% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of life scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.37% 6.68%
-0.19% -
1.57% -
0.99% -
2.11% -
- -

Table 2. Life Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of life scientists in 20 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 life scientists occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $88,910. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $50,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Federal, State, and Local Government
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Table 3. Salaries of Life Scientist Related Occupations

The average annual salary of life scientist related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Animal Scientists
Other Biological Scientists
Medical Scientists
Biological Scientists
Other Life Scientists
Conservation Scientists
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Agricultural and Food Scientists
Soil and Plant Scientists
Conservation Scientists and Foresters
Food Scientists and Technologists
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists


💰 Highest paying industries for life scientists.