Scientist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
$53,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
South San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Average Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a scientist make?
The national average salary for a Scientist in the U.S. is $74,449 annually or $35.79 hourly. If you are in the top 10 percent, you will make over $103,000; however, if you are in the bottom 10 percent, you will earn less than $53,000 per year. Construction companies and Health Care companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, and Delaware have the highest paying Scientist jobs. The typical tenure for a Scientist is 3.4 years.

Average Scientist Salary By Location

As a Scientist in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $74,449 per year or $35.79 per hour. South San Francisco, CA reports the highest Scientist salaries at $100,417 per year. The South San Francisco, CA average entry-level salary for Scientists is $66,000. Some of the states with the best Scientist salaries are Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. On the other hand, Alabama, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Missouri report the lowest wages for Scientists.

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 Company

If you are a Scientist, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. Construction companies and Health Care companies have the most job opportunities for Scientists. Walmart and Amazon are the highest paying companies. If you can find a job at a company like Microsoft or Apple, they also offer very competitive salaries to their 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

Average Scientist Pay By Industry

Wages for Scientists can differ based on the industry they work in. By looking at our data, we can see that Technology companies, Energy companies, and Health Care companies pay their Scientists well. Technology companies pay Scientists an average salary of $95,289, Energy companies pay $87,695, and Health Care companys come in at $79,969. The average salary for Scientists in the Pharmaceutical industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $64,309.
Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$95,289
$95k
Energy
Energy
$87,695
$88k
Health Care
Health Care
$79,969
$80k
Retail
Retail
$77,220
$77k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$74,908
$75k
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
$64,309
$64k

Scientist Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Scientist Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Scientist can range from $56,387 to $97,218 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

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Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
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