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Medical Scientist Income Data

Median annual wages of medical scientists, except epidemiologists, were $72,590 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent of these workers earned between $51,640 and $101,290. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $39,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $134,770. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical scientists were:

Drugs and druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers $90,640
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 87,500
Scientific research and development services 79,210
General medical and surgical hospitals 74,230
Colleges, universities, and professional schools 52,880

Earnings are lower and benefits limited for medical scientists in postdoctoral placements; workers in permanent positions typically receive higher wages and excellent benefits, in addition to job security.

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition

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