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
$41,910
25th Percentile Wage
$53,000
50th Percentile Wage
$71,950
75th Percentile Wage
$100,080
90th Percentile Wage
$135,170

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
201671,950-0.19%4.41%
201572,0901.57%-
201470,9600.99%-
201370,2602.11%-
201268,780--

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
$93,270
Mining
$85,580
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$85,120
Finance and Insurance
$84,730
Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,660
Information
$76,920
Utilities
$76,910
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$74,530
Manufacturing
$74,310
Wholesale Trade
$74,280
Transportation and Warehousing
$71,830
Federal, State, and Local Government
$67,160
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$63,360
Retail Trade
$61,430
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,530
Educational Services
$56,660
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,320
Construction
$50,380

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
$82,180
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$80,530
Medical Scientists
$79,730
Other Biological Scientists
$74,790
Other Life Scientists
$73,860
Biological Scientists
$71,890
Epidemiologists
$70,820
Microbiologists
$66,850
Food Scientists and Technologists
$63,950
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



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