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Table 53. Median annual salaries of full-time employed doctoral scientists and engineers, by field of doctorate and years since doctorate: 2010
(Dollars)

Field            All full-time employed ≤ 5 6–10 11–15 16–20 21–25 > 25
Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE
All fields 100,000 500 70,000 1,000 89,000 1,500 102,000 1,500 108,000 2,000 115,000 2,000 124,000 2,500
Science 95,000 1,000 64,000 1,500 82,000 1,500 97,000 1,500 100,000 2,000 108,000 1,500 120,000 500
Biological/ agricultural/ environmental life sciences 91,000 2,000 54,000 1,500 80,000 1,500 95,000 2,500 104,000 2,500 115,000 4,500 127,000 3,500
Agricultural/ food sciences 90,000 2,000 70,000 3,500 73,000 4,000 85,000 4,000 95,000 5,500 103,000 5,000 110,000 8,500
Biochemistry/ biophysics 99,000 500 52,000 4,000 75,000 5,500 100,000 4,000 107,000 4,500 108,000 6,500 140,000 4,500
Cell/ molecular biology 89,000 4,000 48,000 2,000 80,000 7,000 98,000 3,500 110,000 7,000 138,000 8,500 154,000 10,500
Environmental life sciences 80,000 1,500 59,000 4,000 72,000 3,000 87,000 8,000 90,000 7,000 99,000 2,000 109,000 7,500
Microbiology 98,000 5,500 55,000 5,000 88,000 5,000 92,000 7,500 100,000 9,000 115,000 10,500 133,000 9,500
Zoology 84,000 2,500 49,000 3,000 71,000 2,000 81,000 5,500 89,000 11,000 89,000 7,000 99,000 5,500
Other biological sciences 92,000 2,500 55,000 1,500 80,000 4,000 97,000 3,000 107,000 7,000 124,000 2,000 130,000 6,000
Computer/ information sciences 115,000 3,500 97,000 3,500 103,000 6,500 130,000 5,000 130,000 7,500 130,000 2,000 146,000 3,500
Mathematics/ statistics 97,000 2,500 70,000 3,500 80,000 3,000 100,000 4,500 100,000 2,500 100,000 5,000 119,000 4,000
Physical sciences 102,000 1,500 67,000 2,000 90,000 3,500 106,000 2,500 110,000 4,000 116,000 4,500 129,000 3,000
Astronomy/ astrophysics 95,000 6,000 55,000 4,000 76,000 8,500 90,000 5,500 118,000 20,500 139,000 17,500 129,000 9,500
Chemistry, except biochemistry 102,000 2,000 67,000 2,500 96,000 3,000 106,000 3,500 112,000 5,500 116,000 5,500 120,000 4,000
Earth/ atmospheric/ ocean sciencesa 92,000 2,000 69,000 3,000 73,000 2,500 93,000 5,000 92,000 5,500 103,000 7,000 130,000 7,000
Physics 110,000 1,000 72,000 3,000 95,000 7,000 114,000 7,000 119,000 1,500 118,000 6,500 140,000 7,500
Psychology 86,000 1,500 65,000 1,000 80,000 2,000 83,000 4,000 89,000 2,500 100,000 500 104,000 1,500
Social sciences 90,000 1,000 66,000 1,500 77,000 2,500 87,000 3,500 94,000 2,500 100,000 2,000 115,000 5,000
Economics 119,000 2,500 91,000 3,000 109,000 10,000 125,000 6,500 122,000 6,500 133,000 8,000 134,000 7,000
Political sciences 85,000 2,500 70,000 4,500 72,000 2,500 84,000 4,500 94,000 5,000 83,000 8,000 117,000 12,500
Sociology 82,000 4,000 60,000 2,000 72,000 2,000 79,000 7,000 85,000 4,500 90,000 2,500 104,000 5,500
Other social sciences 77,000 2,000 58,000 1,500 70,000 2,000 78,000 4,000 84,000 2,500 93,000 5,500 104,000 4,000
Engineering 115,000 1,000 90,000 500 104,000 1,000 124,000 1,000 129,000 3,500 136,000 4,000 137,000 4,000
Aerospace/ aeronautical/ astronautical engineering 120,000 5,500 94,000 9,000 100,000 9,000 134,000 8,500 118,000 8,500 143,000 5,500 144,000 7,500
Chemical engineering 119,000 1,000 92,000 2,500 99,000 3,000 124,000 5,000 136,000 4,000 136,000 8,000 142,000 8,000
Civil engineering 102,000 3,500 78,000 5,500 94,000 3,000 104,000 6,500 118,000 4,500 125,000 6,500 131,000 9,000
Electrical/ computer engineering 120,000 1,000 100,000 500 116,000 3,500 135,000 2,500 140,000 3,000 145,000 3,000 133,000 8,500
Materials/ metallurgical engineering 110,000 2,000 83,000 4,500 104,000 4,500 115,000 6,500 119,000 4,500 135,000 6,000 139,000 13,000
Mechanical engineering 105,000 3,500 84,000 1,500 100,000 3,500 117,000 5,500 119,000 4,000 129,000 9,000 139,000 6,000
Other engineering 110,000 2,000 85,000 2,500 100,000 3,000 120,000 2,500 122,000 4,500 129,000 7,500 130,000 6,000
Health 93,000 2,000 78,000 1,500 90,000 2,000 95,000 5,000 100,000 5,000 113,000 5,500 126,000 5,500

SE = standard error.
a Includes other physical sciences.
NOTE: Median annual salaries are for the principal job and are rounded to the nearest $1,000. Standard errors are rounded up to the nearest 500.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 2010.
Data from survey cycle 2010, as of August 21, 2013.