Highest Paying Industries for Physical Scientists

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Other Information Services82.86172350
Offices of Physicians78.34162950
Oil and Gas Extraction67.21139790
Mining65.13135470
Support Activities for Mining63.8132700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)59.03122770
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing57.72120050
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned57.6119800
Offices of Other Health Practitioners55.69115830
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners55.69115830
Ambulatory Health Care Services55.46115360
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing53.68111650
Management of Companies and Enterprises53.1110440
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing53.03110300
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers52.73109680
Natural Gas Distribution52.24108650
Outpatient Care Centers51.39106890
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil51.06106200
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)50.71105470
Hospitals, Privately owned50.21104440
Federal Executive Branch49.96103920
Federal government, including the US Postal Service49.96103910
Machinery Manufacturing49.83103650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned49.55103070
Repair and Maintenance48.93101780
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)48.59101060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)47.7999400
Pipeline Transportation47.7299260
Information47.4898770
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned47.3498470
Hospitals, State government owned47.3398440
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences47.2398240
Scientific Research and Development Services47.1898140
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers46.997560
Other Pipeline Transportation46.2696210
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing45.8195270
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing45.6194860
Computer Systems Design and Related Services45.5994820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing45.594640
Utilities45.1893960
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing44.2392000
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing44.0891680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution44.0591630
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing43.5590590
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing43.4890440
Transportation and Warehousing43.4590380
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing43.4190290
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing43.1789800
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers43.1689780
Television Broadcasting42.9489320
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing42.989240
Radio and Television Broadcasting42.8689140
Broadcasting (except Internet)42.6688720
Metal Ore Mining42.3488070
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing42.3288030
Other Support Services42.3288030
All industries, private ownership only42.2987950
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas42.0387430
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing41.9687270
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing41.8587050
Mining (except Oil and Gas)41.6486610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned41.486120
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities41.3686030
Miscellaneous Manufacturing41.1885650
Paper Manufacturing41.0585370
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods41.0485370
All industries40.7784790
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services40.6284500
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance40.4884190
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing40.4484110
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing40.3183850
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing40.1783540
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing39.7282630
Manufacturing39.3781900
Engineering Services39.3681860
Coal Mining39.281530
Water, Sewage and Other Systems3981130
Printing and Related Support Activities38.9881070
Facilities Support Services38.7980680
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing38.7580610
Air Transportation38.7280550
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying38.6880460
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services38.5780230
Plastics Product Manufacturing38.5780220
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing38.5680200
Federal, State, and Local Government38.4179880
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service38.4179880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services38.479870
Scheduled Air Transportation38.3879840
Chemical Manufacturing38.3779800
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing38.1779400
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing38.1779390
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers38.0979230
Other Food Manufacturing38.0979220
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions38.0979220
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing38.0779180
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service37.6478290
Basic Chemical Manufacturing37.5378060
Administrative and Support Services37.5378060
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing37.277380
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing37.0677080
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers37.0477050
Tobacco Manufacturing36.976760
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services36.8576640
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services36.8276580
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing36.8176560
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing36.876540
Wholesale Trade36.7776470
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers36.6976320
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills36.5476010
Rubber Product Manufacturing36.5175940
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation36.3975680
Employment Services36.2875460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services36.2575410
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods36.1475170
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing36.175090
Hospitals, Local government owned35.8474550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned35.8474550
Primary Metal Manufacturing35.5573930
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing35.473620
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities35.3873580
Waste Management and Remediation Services35.3673550
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing35.273210
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers35.0272840
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned35.0272840
Ship and Boat Building34.9972780
Educational Services, Privately owned34.9172610
Textile Mills34.8872560
Construction of Buildings34.7272230
Nonresidential Building Construction34.7272230
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills34.7272220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)34.4271600
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)34.3771480
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned34.2671260
Educational Services, State government owned34.2571250
Waste Treatment and Disposal34.2271180
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services34.0570830
Food Manufacturing33.9870680
Construction33.7170120
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers33.5969860
Utility System Construction33.3669390
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories33.2469150
Waste Collection33.1969040
Educational Services, Local government owned33.1769000
Dairy Product Manufacturing33.0768780
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing33.0668770
Fabric Mills32.9368480
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction32.7968210
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing32.3367250
Local government, including schools and hospitals3266560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals31.9266390
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing31.7466020
Social Assistance31.6565830
State government, including schools and hospitals31.5565610
Beverage Manufacturing31.4165330
Support Activities for Transportation30.8864240
Testing Laboratories30.6463740
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals29.8862140
Grain and Oilseed Milling29.7761910
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)29.6961760
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)29.6861740
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations2960320
Social Advocacy Organizations28.4859230
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)28.2758800
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned28.2758800
Legal Services27.1956550
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)26.7755680
Junior colleges, Local government owned26.1154300
Finance and Insurance24.4550860

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