Average Salaries for Science-Related Occupations

Occupation Education Level
(see below)
Annual Salary (National) Related WSU Majors
Starting Median Experienced

Actuary

4 $56,500 $83,500 $115,000 Mathematics

Animal Scientist

4, G $39,500 $58,000 $70,000 Zoology

Astronomer

4, G $83,500 $115,500 $141,000 Physics

Biochemist

4, G $57,500 $83,500 $98,000 Chemistry
Bioinformatics Scientist 4, G $52,000 $77,500 $98,500 Mathematics
Microbiology
Chemistry
Biologist
4, G $43,500 $66,500 $86,500 Botany
Microbiology
Zoology

Botanist

4, G $43,500 $61,500 $72,000 Botany

Cartographer

4 $48,000 $60,500 $71,000 Geospacial Analysis
Geoscience

Chemical Technician

T, 2, 4 $39,000 $48,500 $57,000 Chemical Technician

Chemist

4, G $39,500 $70,500 $87,500 Chemistry

Crime Lab Technician

4, G $41,500 $53,000 $62,500 Chemistry
Microbiology

Dentist

G $104,000 $160,000 $204,500 Pre-Dentistry
(all majors)

Ecologist

4, G $43,500 $61,500 $73,500 Botany
Zoology

Fish and Game Warden

4 $44,500 $54,000 $63,000 Criminal Justice
Zoology

Food Technologist

4, G $43,000 $64,500 $84,500 Microbiology
Forensic Scientist
$41,500 $53,500 $62,500 Botany
Chemistry
Microbiology

Forester

4, G $38,000 $59,000 $71,500 Botany
Pre-Forestry

Geneticist

G  $43,500 $71,500 $97,500 Microbiology
Zoology

Geologist

4, G
$50,500 $82,000 $113,000 Geoscience

Horticulturist

4, G
$42,000 $60,000 $71,000 Botany

Hydrologist

4, G
$52,500 $75,500 $89,000 Geoscience

Marine Biologist

4, G
$43,500 $61,000 $73,000 Zoology

Mathematician

4, G
$53,000 $78,000 $93,000 Mathematics
Medical Technologist 4 $44,000 $55,500 $64,000 Chemistry
Medical Lab Science
Microbiology

Molecular Biologist

4, G
$43,500 $66,500 $86,500 Microbiology
Zoology
Oceanographer 4, G
$51,000 $76,000 $90,000 Geoscience
Geospatial Analysis
Zoology

Optometrist

G $84,000 $115,000 $136,500 Pre-Optometry
(all majors)
Park Ranger 4 $42,500 $61,500 $71,500 Botany
Criminal Justice
Geoscience
Recreation Management
Zoology

Pathologist

G $170,500 $247,000 $314,000 Pre-Medicine
(all majors)

Pharmacist

G $84,000 $115,000 $136,500 Pre-Pharmacy
(all majors)
Pharmacologist G $41,500 $74,500 $106,500 Chemistry
Microbiology
Zoology

Physical Therapist

G $52,500 $73,000 $81,000 Pre-Physical Therapy
(various majors)

Physician Assistant

G $69,000 $82,500 $95,000 Pre-Physician Assistant
(various majors)

Physician

G $123,500 $180,500 $223,500 Pre-Medicine
(all majors)

Physicist

4, G $60,500 $103,000 $159,500 Physics

Plant Scientist

4, G $40,000 $59,000 $71,500 Botany

Range Manager

4, G $45,500 $66,500 $80,000 Botany
Pre-Range Management

Soil Conservationist

4, G $42,500 $61,500 $71,500 Botany
Zoology

Statistician

4, G $50,500 $74,000 $69,500 Mathematics

Veterinarian

G $66,000 $91,500 $111,000 Zoology

Wildlife Biologist

4, G $43,500 $61,500 $73,500 Zoology

Zoologist

4, G $37,500 $57,000 $73,500 Zoology

Source: Economic Research Institute, 2011 (eDiscover)

Salary figures are for combined education levels

Abbreviations:

  • T: some training or college
  • 2: associate's degree
  • 4: bachelor's degree
  • G: graduate degree (master's, doctorate, or professional)
Compiled by Greg Nielsen, 2011