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 2016 and published in April 2017 [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 $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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of life scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Life Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

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

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
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


Highest paying industries for life scientists.