Medical Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of medical scientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of medical scientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of medical scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The medical 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. Medical Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,640
25th Percentile Wage
$56,990
50th Percentile Wage
$79,730
75th Percentile Wage
$115,450
90th Percentile Wage
$158,070

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for medical scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) medical scientists is $158,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,640. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 254% 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 medical scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,730-1.67%4.58%
201581,0602.64%-
201478,9200.10%-
201378,8403.50%-
201276,080--

Table 2. Medical Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of medical scientists in 11 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 medical scientists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $112,220. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $58,400).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$112,220
Manufacturing
$108,510
Information
$106,270
Finance and Insurance
$99,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$95,470
Wholesale Trade
$91,090
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$85,280
Health Care and Social Assistance
$78,950
Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,160
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$75,840
Educational Services
$58,400


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