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
$42,230
25th Percentile Wage
$53,990
50th Percentile Wage
$73,700
75th Percentile Wage
$102,090
90th Percentile Wage
$139,530

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
2017
$73,700
2.37% 6.68%
2016
$71,950
-0.19% -
2015
$72,090
1.57% -
2014
$70,960
0.99% -
2013
$70,260
2.11% -
2012
$68,780
- -

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
$88,910
Finance and Insurance
$85,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$84,980
Health Care and Social Assistance
$78,970
Utilities
$77,800
Manufacturing
$77,450
Wholesale Trade
$75,070
Information
$72,910
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$72,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$67,570
Mining
$66,330
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$63,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$62,000
Retail Trade
$61,280
Construction
$59,700
Educational Services
$57,180
Accommodation and Food Services
$51,330
Transportation and Warehousing
$50,950
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,930

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
$108,960
Animal Scientists
$102,940
Other Biological Scientists
$83,190
Medical Scientists
$80,970
Epidemiologists
$75,230
Biological Scientists
$74,960
Other Life Scientists
$73,510
Conservation Scientists
$72,540
Microbiologists
$70,870
Biochemists and Biophysicists
$69,760
Agricultural and Food Scientists
$62,910
Soil and Plant Scientists
$62,550
Foresters
$61,150
Conservation Scientists and Foresters
$60,970
Food Scientists and Technologists
$57,480
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$37,640



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