The salary statistics and trend of physical scientists in the industry of research and development in the social sciences and humanities are shown in the following tables and chart. In Table 3 we compare physical scientist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$36,150|
|25th Percentile Wage||$56,420|
|50th Percentile Wage||$86,100|
|75th Percentile Wage||$123,840|
|90th Percentile Wage||$158,770|
Table 1 shows the average annual salaries for physical scientists in the industry of research and development in the social sciences and humanities. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical scientists is $158,770. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $86,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent physical scientists is $36,150.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical scientists in the industry of Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of physical scientists in eleven industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown in Table 3. For salary information of physical scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.
|Industry||Median Annual Salary|
|Legal Services|| |
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Engineering Services|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Testing Laboratories|| |