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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$44,050|
|25th Percentile Wage||$57,240|
|50th Percentile Wage||$78,790|
|75th Percentile Wage||$109,870|
|90th Percentile Wage||$145,630|
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 $145,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,050. It is noted 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of physical scientists in 17 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 $117,570. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $61,090).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|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|| |
|Atmospheric and Space Scientists|| |
|Materials Scientists|| |
|Chemists and Materials Scientists|| |
|Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists|| |
|Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)|| |
|Other Physical Scientists|| |
|Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists|| |