Biological scientists

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2019 Workforce
93.6k
Average Age
41.6
Average Salary
$71,864
Average Male Salary
$75,957
Average Female Salary
$67,893

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Biological scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Biological scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Biological scientists, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Biological scientists are paid most in Berkeley & Albany Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in DeKalb CountyDecatur & Avondale Estates Cities PUMA, GA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$71,864
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,267

In 2019, Biological scientists earned an average of $71,864, $16,340 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Cost estimators make somewhat more than Biological scientists while Ship & boat captains & operators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Biological scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.305
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Biological scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.305, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Biological scientists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Biological scientists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Biological scientists.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Biological scientists, by average wage, are Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, Offices of physicians, and Outpatient care centers.

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Industries by Share

93.6k
2019 Workforce
± 7,511
12.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.4%

The number of people employed as Biological scientists has been growing at a rate of 12.9%, from 82,911 people in 2018 to 93,641 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Biological scientists employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Biological scientists at  16%, followed by Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 13.9% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 10%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Biological scientists in the US. The average age of male Biological scientists in the workforce is 42.6 and of female Biological scientists is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Biological scientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

46.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,271
47.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,351

50.8% of Biological scientists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Biological scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Biological scientists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

73% of Biological scientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15% of Biological scientists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Biological scientists.

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Age by Gender

42.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.46
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.44

The median age of Biological scientists is 41.6, and Male employees are generally 2.06 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Biological scientists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Biological scientists is Biology but a relatively high number of Biological scientists hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

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