Salary

In 1995 the median salary for science and engineering Ph.D.s was $60,200. (Median annual salaries were computed for full-time employed individuals, including postdoctoral appointees.)

  • By field, engineering doctorates had the highest median salaries, at $70,000, followed closely by chemistry and physics/astronomy doctorates (both $68,000). By gender, doctorates from these three fields also earned the highest median salaries, between $69,000 and $70,000 for men and between $57,000 and $58,800 for women. However, while men with doctorates in health sciences were among the top earners ($69,000), women from this field were not ($52,000) (see Table 14 ).

  • Those working in the private for-profit sector had the highest median annual salaries, $75,000. The median annual salary for those working in educational institutions was $52,000. Within that sector, the salaries ranged from $45,000 for those in 2-year colleges to $56,000 for those working in university-affiliated research institutes (see Table 15 ).

  • By sector, median salary differences between men and women ranged from $3,000 in elementary/secondary schools to $16,200 in university-affiliated research institutes.

FIGURE 7 Median annual salaries of science and engineering Ph.D.s, by field and gender, 1995.

* There were too few women in computer sicences to estimate the median salary.



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Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States Salary In 1995 the median salary for science and engineering Ph.D.s was $60,200. (Median annual salaries were computed for full-time employed individuals, including postdoctoral appointees.) By field, engineering doctorates had the highest median salaries, at $70,000, followed closely by chemistry and physics/astronomy doctorates (both $68,000). By gender, doctorates from these three fields also earned the highest median salaries, between $69,000 and $70,000 for men and between $57,000 and $58,800 for women. However, while men with doctorates in health sciences were among the top earners ($69,000), women from this field were not ($52,000) (see Table 14 ). Those working in the private for-profit sector had the highest median annual salaries, $75,000. The median annual salary for those working in educational institutions was $52,000. Within that sector, the salaries ranged from $45,000 for those in 2-year colleges to $56,000 for those working in university-affiliated research institutes (see Table 15 ). By sector, median salary differences between men and women ranged from $3,000 in elementary/secondary schools to $16,200 in university-affiliated research institutes. FIGURE 7 Median annual salaries of science and engineering Ph.D.s, by field and gender, 1995. * There were too few women in computer sicences to estimate the median salary.