The salary statistics of physical scientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of physical scientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of physical scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The physical 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 physical scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical scientists is $143,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,520. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 229% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of physical scientists in 16 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 physical scientists occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $116,970. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $58,790).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
The average annual salary of physical 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|
|Astronomers and Physicists|| |
|Materials Scientists|| |
|Other Physical Scientists|| |
|Atmospheric and Space Scientists|| |
|Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)|| |
|Chemists and Materials Scientists|| |
|Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists|| |
|Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists|| |