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Table 14-0. Median annual salaries of employed U.S. scientists and engineers, by all degree levels, level of highest degree, and employment sector: 2013

Level of highest degree                Sector of employment
Employed scientists and engineers Business/ industry 4-year college/ university Other educational institution Government
Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE Median salary SE
All degree levelsa 65,000 500 71,000 2,000 51,000 1,500 48,000 500 70,000 1,500
Bachelor's 58,000 1,500 61,000 2,000 40,000 2,500 40,000 1,500 61,000 2,000
Master's 70,000 1,500 80,000 500 40,000 1,500 54,000 1,500 75,000 1,500
Doctorate 90,000 500 108,000 2,500 75,000 1,000 68,000 6,500 104,000 3,500

Data codes used in these tables: * = value < 500. D = suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information. S = suppressed for reliability; coefficient of variation exceeds publication standards.
Abbreviations used in these tables: S&E = science and engineering; SE = standard error.
a Total includes professional degrees not broken out separately.
NOTES: Salaries are for principal job and rounded to the nearest $1,000. Standard errors for salaries are rounded up to the nearest $500. Detail may not add to total because of rounding. Scientists and engineers are bachelor's and higher degreed individuals living in the United States with an S&E or S&E-related degree or occupation. See appendix for additional details on coverage, eligibility, educational field classification, and occupational classification. Business/industry includes self-employed individuals, nonprofit organizations, and other unspecified types of employers. Four-year college/university includes medical schools and university-affiliated research institutes. Other educational institution includes 2-year colleges, precollege institutions, and other educational institutions. Government includes federal (civilian), military, state, and local employers.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT): 2013.
Data from survey cycle 2013, as of 24 February 2015.