The 6 Highest-Paying Science Jobs in America—All With Salaries Over $100k

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the highest paid federal employee.

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High Demand Six-Figure Jobs

When we highlighted six-figure jobs that will be in demand for years, the list was littered with desk jobs, with the legal, data, and information fields dominating.

Medical, health, and science professions were also prominent. Not entirely surprising, coming off a year in which scientists were front-and-center, highlighted by Dr. Anthony Fauci being the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government.

This got us thinking::

What are America’s Highest Paying Science Jobs?

Science sure feels more vital than ever, but just how lucrative can it be? And what are the best fields to enter? Below are six career specializations that all carry a median salary over $100,000 in the U.S., as of May 2020. We’ve also provided the number of people currently employed at each position, so you can judge how in-demand and competitive each career is.

6. Physical scientists

Median annual salary: $107,210
Number employed in the US: 19,050
Job titles to help with your research: Geologists, paleontologists, chemists, physicists, and astronomers

Dinosaur skeleton.

5. Mathematicians

Median annual salary: $110,860
Number employed in the US: 2,460

4. Astronomers

Median annual salary: $119,730
Number employed in the US: 1,910

Satellite dish.

3. Computer and information research scientists

Median annual salary: $126,830
Number employed in the US: 30,220

2. Physicists

Median annual salary: $129,850
Number employed in the US: 16,160

Physicist at Sandia National Lab.

1. Natural-sciences managers

Median annual salary: $137,940
Number employed in the US: 75,870

The last, and most lucrative, entry in the list isn’t exactly descriptive. Here’s what a natural-sciences manager does, according to O*NET:

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

In other words, managing and directing their fellow scientists.

To see more high-paying scientist jobs, check this list from Insider.

Ryan Rabasa

Ryan Rabasa is an associate editor at Wealth Gang. His passions are technology, writing, business, and media. He won't trust an investment strategy that doesn't incorporate both technical and fundamental analysis.