Average Salaries for Science-Related Occupations

Occupation Typical
Education Level*
Projected
Job Openings
(2012-2022)
Annual Salary (National, 2014)** Related WSU Science Majors/Programs
Starting
(10 PCT)
Median Experienced
(75 PCT)

Actuaries
 
B, P 13,200 $58,080 $96,700 $136,110 Mathematics

Animal Scientists
 
B, M, D 1,200 $37,430 $61,110 $88,060 Zoology
Audiologists D 7,000 $47,580 $73,060 $90,670 Zoology

Astronomers
 
D 900 $52,160 $105,410 $145,810 Physics

Biochemist and Biophysicists
 
B, D 13,700 $44,220 $84,940 $115,390 Chemistry, Physics
Bioinformatics Scientists n/a 9,800 n/a $74,720 n/a Mathematics
Microbiology
Zoology
Biological/Life Science Teachers (College and University) M, D 21,200 $40,060 $70,960 $97,230 Botany
Microbiology
Zoology
Biological Technicians T, A, B 32,100 $26,300 $41,290 $53,300 Botany
Microbiology
Zoology
Botanists (see Plant and Soil Scientists)            

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
 
B 49,000 $38,610 $60,930 $78,140 Geospacial Analysis
Geoscience

Chemical Technicians
 
T, A 21,600 $27,100 $44,180 $58,170 Chemical Technician

Chemists
 
B, G 27,800 $41,560 $74,480 $99,360 Chemistry
Conservation Scientists B, M 6,600 $38,000 $61,860 $76,440 Botany
Geosciences
Zoology

Dentists (General)
 
P 51,200 $69,910 $149,940 n/a Pre-Dentistry
Engineers (General) B, M n/a $54,650 $88,720 $113,290 Physics
Environmental Science Protection Technicians  A, B 19,000 n/a $42,190 n/a Botany
Chemistry
Geoscience
Microbiology
Physics
Zoology
Environmental Scientists and
Specialists (including Health)
B, M 39,700 $39,730 $66,250 $87,980 Botany
Chemistry
Geoscience
Microbiology
Physics
Zoology
Epidemiologists M, D 1,600 $43,530 $67,420 $87,160 Microbiology
Zoology
Financial Analysts B, M 100,900 $48,170 $78,620 $106,640 Mathematics

Fish and Game Wardens
 
B 2,000 $32,660 $50,880 $62,320 Zoology
(w/Criminal Justice)
Food Scientists and Technologists B, M 8,500 $43,000 $61,480 n/a Botany
Microbiology
Forensic Science Technicians A 5,800 n/a $55,360 n/a Botany
Chemistry
Microbiology
Forest and Conservation Technicians T, A 13,400 $25,180 $35,260 $45,710 Botany
Pre-Forestry

Foresters
 
B 4,200 $37,680 $57,980 $71,520 Botany
Pre-Forestry

Genetic Counselors
 
M 1,500  $43,500 $71,500 $97,500 Microbiology
Zoology
Geographic Information System Technologists A, B, M 40,200 n/a $83,410 n/a Geospatial Analysis
Geological and Petroleum Technicians T, A 8,100 $26,690 $54,810 $75,240 Geoscience

Geoscientists (except hydrologists)
 
B, M, D 17,300 $46,400 $89,910 $129,270 Geoscience

Hydrologists
 
B, M 2,900 $50,090 $78,370 $96,950 Geoscience
Insurance Underwriters A, B 28,900 $39,260 $64,220 $86,020 Mathematics
Materials Scientists B, M, D 2,600 $47,860 $91,980 $117,130 Chemistry
Physics
Mathematical Technicians n/a n/a $31,060 $54,140 $77,290 Mathematics
Mathematical Science Teachers (College and University) M, D 16,800 $34,580 $35,190 $91,770 Mathematics

Mathematicians
 
B, M, D 1,700 $54,830 $103,720 $127,900 Mathematics
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians A 90,200 $25,500 $38,370 $48,470 Chemistry
Microbiology
MLS
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists B 65,800 $40,640 $59,430 $71,270 Chemistry
Microbiology
MLS
Medical Scientists (except epidemiologists) M, D, P 35,500 $43,150 $79,930 $111,790 Botany
Microbiology
Zoology
Molecular and Cellular Biologists B, M, D 9,800 n/a $74,720 n/a Microbiology
Microbiologists B, M, D 7,100 n/a $67,790 n/a Microbiology
Museum Curators B, M, D 3,900 $28,860 $51,280 $69,950 Botany
Geoscience
Zoology
Museum Technicians and Conservators B, M 3,300 $22,980 $39,940 $54,010 Botany
Geoscience
Zoology
Natural Science Managers B, M, D 13,700 $70,020 $120,050 $165,210 All Science Majors
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists B, M 21,300 $40,760 $69,210 $85,560 Chemistry
Microbiology
Physics
Occupational Therapists M 48,200 $52,670 $78,810 $94,190 Pre-OT

Optometrists
 
P 17,700 $52,270 $101,410 $132,580 Pre-Optometry
Park Naturalists B, M 6,600 n/a $61,860 n/a Botany
Geosciences
Zoology

Pharmacists
 
P 109,800 $89,830 $120,950 $138,010 Pre-Pharmacy

Physical Therapists
 
M, D 123,700 $56,800 $82,390 $96,060 Pre-PT

Physician Assistants
 
P 48,900 $64,100 $95,820 $114,760 Pre-PA
Physical Science Teachers (College and University) M, D n/a $41,820 $77,180 $108,050 Chemistry
Physics
Physicians (Anesthesiologists) P 16,700 $151,450 $187,000+ n/a
Pre-Med
Physicians (Family and General Practice) P 49,200 $72,190 $180,180 n/a Pre-Med
Physicians (Naturopathic) P 13,500 n/a $73,400 n/a Botany
(Pre-Natural Med)
Physicians (Pathologists) P 152,600 n/a $187,200+ n/a Pre-Med
Physicians (Podiatrists) P 4,600 $50,430 $120,700 $177,120 Pre-Med
Physicians (Psychiatrists) P 11,200 $61,600 $181,880 n/a Pre-Med
Physicians (Surgeons) P 23,100 $130,710 $187,200+ n/a Pre-Med

Physicists
 
M, D 7,200 $54,930 $109,600 $145,010 Physics

Plant and Soil Scientists
 
B, M, D 6,700 $35,920 $59,920 $77,550 Botany
Geosciences

Range Managers
 
B, M 6,600 n/a $61,860 n/a Botany
Pre-Range Management
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists B, M 8,300 n/a $94,030 n/a Geospatial Analysis
Secondary School Teachers (except special ed.) B, M 312,600 $37,540 $56,310 $71,580 All Science
Majors
Software Developers and Programmers B, M 134,700 $50,920 $91,320 $118,140 Mathematics

Statisticians
 
B, M, D 16,100 $43,840 $79,990 $104,910 Mathematics

Veterinarians
 
P 31,000 $52,530 $87,590 $115,310 Zoology
Pre-Vet

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
 
B, M 6,700 $38,080 $58,270 $73,920 Zoology

*Annual salary figures are for combined education levels. 
** Typical education levels - Listed degrees have been obtained by at least 10% of respondents (ONET) or are listed as required or preferred in the OOH.  Most common degree in bold.  Abbreviations below.

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Homepage [www.bls.gov/oem/#data]

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Information Network - ONET [www.onetonline.org]
U.S. Department of Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook [www.bls.gov/ooh]

Abbreviations:

  • T: some training or college
  • A: associate's degree
  • B: bachelor's degree
  • M: master's degree
  • D: doctoral degree
  • P: professional degree (MD, DDS, etc.)
Compiled by Dr. Greg Nielsen, WSU Career Services