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How much does a Scientist make in the United States?

Average Scientist Yearly Salary in the United States

Scientists earn an average yearly salary of $70,549. Salaries typically start from $36,553 and go up to $113,229.

Average Scientist Hourly Wage in the United States

Scientists earn an average hourly wage of $33.92. Hourly wages typically start from $17.57 and go up to $54.44.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

74%
Full-Time
26%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.0
SCORE
694
RATINGS
Scientists average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Scientists in the 43th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Scientist Earnings by Seniority

Top End Scientist Earnings

The highest earning Scientists in the United States earn:

$54.44
an hour
$113,229.2
per year
Senior Scientist Earnings

Senior Scientists in the United States earn:

$40.98
an hour
$85,232.2
per year
Experienced Scientist Earnings

Experienced Scientists in the United States earn:

$30.93
an hour
$64,333.6
per year
Junior Scientist Earnings

Junior Scientists in the United States earn:

$22.99
an hour
$47,825.2
per year
Starting Scientist Earnings

Starting Scientists in the United States earn:

$17.57
an hour
$36,552.5
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Scientist Salary Comparison

Scientists earn more than 55% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Industrial Ecologist Salary $75k
Molecular Biologist Salary $73k
Food Science Technologist Salary $71k
Occupational Health Specialist Salary $71k
Animal Scientist Salary $70k
Scientist Salary $70k
Chemist Salary $69k
Soil and Plant Scientist Salary $69k
Environmental Consultant Salary $67k
Soil and Water Conservationist Salary $65k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Scientist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Scientist Salary in District of Columbia $51.06 $106,205.6 # 1
Scientist Salary in Maryland $46.96 $97,680 # 2
Scientist Salary in California $44.20 $91,927.4 # 3
Scientist Salary in Connecticut $43.33 $90,121.6 # 4
Scientist Salary in Massachusetts $42.87 $89,171.6 # 5
Scientist Salary in New Jersey $42.81 $89,053.3 # 6
Scientist Salary in New Hampshire $42.57 $88,541.3 # 7
Scientist Salary in Virginia $42.47 $88,345.5 # 8
Scientist Salary in Delaware $42.45 $88,295.6 # 9
Scientist Salary in New York $41.20 $85,689.5 # 10
Scientist Salary in Rhode Island $40.87 $85,009.1 # 11
Scientist Salary in Colorado $40.36 $83,943.5 # 12
Scientist Salary in Alaska $39.95 $83,103.8 # 13
Scientist Salary in Washington $39.62 $82,412.4 # 14
Scientist Salary in Hawaii $39.61 $82,390.6 # 15
Scientist Salary in Illinois $39.08 $81,295.7 # 16
Scientist Salary in Nevada $38.73 $80,563.9 # 17
Scientist Salary in Pennsylvania $38.70 $80,505.7 # 18
Scientist Salary in Texas $38.69 $80,485.4 # 19
Scientist Salary in New Mexico $38.59 $80,257 # 20
Scientist Salary in Arizona $38.03 $79,094.1 # 21
Scientist Salary in Florida $37.70 $78,410 # 22
Scientist Salary in Oklahoma $37.68 $78,382.9 # 23
Scientist Salary in Ohio $37.67 $78,346.4 # 24
Scientist Salary in Oregon $37.65 $78,309.1 # 25
Scientist Salary in Michigan $37.50 $78,008.5 # 26
Scientist Salary in Georgia $37.16 $77,285.5 # 27
Scientist Salary in North Carolina $37.11 $77,187.6 # 28
Scientist Salary in Mississippi $36.81 $76,566.7 # 29
Scientist Salary in Minnesota $36.79 $76,527.3 # 30
Scientist Salary in Iowa $35.81 $74,488 # 31
Scientist Salary in Nebraska $35.71 $74,272.5 # 32
Scientist Salary in South Carolina $35.66 $74,176 # 33
Scientist Salary in Maine $35.64 $74,123.6 # 34
Scientist Salary in Vermont $35.53 $73,908.9 # 35
Scientist Salary in Tennessee $35.31 $73,448.2 # 36
Scientist Salary in North Dakota $35.27 $73,368.8 # 37
Scientist Salary in Idaho $35.25 $73,326.3 # 38
Scientist Salary in Alabama $35.01 $72,817.2 # 39
Scientist Salary in Wisconsin $34.93 $72,653.6 # 40
Scientist Salary in Utah $34.75 $72,289.5 # 41
Scientist Salary in Missouri $34.00 $70,710.9 # 42
Scientist Salary in United States $33.92 $70,549.1 # 43
Scientist Salary in Louisiana $33.61 $69,915.6 # 44
Scientist Salary in Montana $33.56 $69,801.2 # 45
Scientist Salary in Indiana $33.39 $69,457.4 # 46
Scientist Salary in Wyoming $33.37 $69,403.3 # 47
Scientist Salary in Arkansas $33.35 $69,361.2 # 48
Scientist Salary in Guam $32.70 $68,025 # 49
Scientist Salary in Kansas $32.54 $67,685 # 50
Scientist Salary in Kentucky $32.17 $66,921.6 # 51
Scientist Salary in West Virginia $32.02 $66,603.3 # 52
Scientist Salary in South Dakota $29.70 $61,773.1 # 53
Scientist Salary in Puerto Rico $27.33 $56,851.4 # 54

Career Attributes

  • $70,549
  • 3.3
  • Neuroscience
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