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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 $135,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $71,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,910. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 222% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of life scientists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of life scientists in 18 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $93,270. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $50,380).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
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|
|Biochemists and Biophysicists|| |
|Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists|| |
|Medical Scientists|| |
|Other Biological Scientists|| |
|Other Life Scientists|| |
|Biological Scientists|| |
|Food Scientists and Technologists|| |
|Agricultural and Food Scientists|| |
|Soil and Plant Scientists|| |
|Conservation Scientists|| |
|Conservation Scientists and Foresters|| |
|Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists|| |
|Animal Scientists|| |