Physical Scientist Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Physical Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$78,790
1.27% 5.00%
2016
$77,790
2.12% -
2015
$76,140
-0.16% -
2014
$76,260
0.96% -
2013
$75,530
0.90% -
2012
$74,850
- -

Table 2. Physical Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

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
Mining
$117,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$108,310
Health Care and Social Assistance
$102,370
Information
$91,150
Utilities
$90,380
Finance and Insurance
$87,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$87,380
Construction
$79,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,120
Retail Trade
$78,940
Manufacturing
$76,760
Wholesale Trade
$74,730
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$70,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,800
Educational Services
$62,120
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,090

Table 3. Salaries of Physical Scientist Related Occupations

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
Physicists
$118,080
Astronomers and Physicists
$117,220
Astronomers
$105,820
Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$99,680
Hydrologists
$96,170
Materials Scientists
$95,070
Chemists and Materials Scientists
$76,280
Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
$73,860
Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$70,310
Other Physical Scientists
$63,390
Chemists
$59,480
Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$52,710



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