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Scientist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$74,000
$53,000
$74,000
$103,000
Did you know that the average scientist makes $74,449 per year? That's valued at $35.79 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $53,000 and $103,000, meaning scientists have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most scientists find a job with construction and health care companies, while others work for retail, finance, and health care companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Nevada, New Jersey and Connecticut are the top states in the U.S. to pay scientists the highest salaries.
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Map of Scientist Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Scientists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Scientist Salary By Location

While a scientist can average a salary of $74,449 per year, or $35.79 per hour, there are many opportunities for scientists to make more. For example, in South San Francisco, CA you might make $100,417 per year. Other high-paying locations include Ridgefield, CT, Bridgewater, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to South San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $66,000. The highest paying states for scientists include Nevada, New Jersey and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Alabama, Colorado, and Nebraska offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
South San Francisco, CA
South San Francisco, CA
$100,417
$100k
Ridgefield, CT
Ridgefield, CT
$95,273
$95k
Bridgewater, NJ
Bridgewater, NJ
$95,159
$95k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$89,420
$89k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$88,307
$88k
Durham, NC
Durham, NC
$77,255
$77k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$77,167
$77k
Brookhaven, NY
Brookhaven, NY
$72,049
$72k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$69,678
$70k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$65,450
$65k

High Paying Scientist Jobs

Average Scientist Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Walmart and Amazon as they offer the highest salaries for scientists.

Company
Average Salary
$157,142
$157k
$147,877
$148k
$144,319
$144k
$141,526
$142k
$138,011
$138k
$137,397
$137k
$136,879
$137k
$136,582
$137k
$136,477
$136k
$132,075
$132k

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Scientist Salary History

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    Average Scientist Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, scientist salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that retail, finance, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for scientists. For example, scientists make a whopping average salary of $108,387 while working for retail companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $88,215 at finance companies and $80,491 at health care companies. But scientists may want to avoid working in the pharmaceutical industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $62,649.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Retail
    Retail
    $108,387
    $108k
    Finance
    Finance
    $88,215
    $88k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $80,491
    $80k
    Technology
    Technology
    $79,926
    $80k
    Energy
    Energy
    $79,241
    $79k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $72,665
    $73k
    Pharmaceutical
    Pharmaceutical
    $62,649
    $63k

    Scientist Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a scientist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Scientist Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Scientist
    Scientist
    Santa Clarita, CA
    Santa Clarita, CA
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $81,393
    $81,393
    10/23/2020
    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/21/2020
    10/21/2020
    $72,030
    $72,030
    10/21/2020
    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Gaithersburg, MD
    10/21/2020
    10/21/2020
    $72,030
    $72,030
    10/21/2020
    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Geodetic Orbit Scientist
    Manassas Park, VA
    Manassas Park, VA
    10/21/2020
    10/21/2020
    $72,030
    $72,030
    10/21/2020
    Scientist II
    Scientist II
    North Chicago, IL
    North Chicago, IL
    10/20/2020
    10/20/2020
    $72,523
    $72,523
    10/20/2020
    Scientist II
    Scientist II
    North Chicago, IL
    North Chicago, IL
    10/20/2020
    10/20/2020
    $73,045
    $73,045
    10/20/2020
    Scientist III (Molecular Biology)
    Scientist III (Molecular Biology)
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    10/19/2020
    10/19/2020
    $79,306
    $79,306
    10/19/2020
    Scientist I
    Scientist I
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    10/19/2020
    10/19/2020
    $45,914
    $45,914
    10/19/2020
    Scientist
    Scientist
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    10/15/2020
    10/15/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/15/2020
    Emerging Contaminants Scientist
    Emerging Contaminants Scientist
    Madison, WI
    Madison, WI
    10/15/2020
    10/15/2020
    $43,362
    $43,362
    10/15/2020