Biomedical scientists, also known as medical scientists, conduct a wide variety of laboratory and scientific experiments to support the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases, ranging from cancer and AIDS to anemia. Most of these scientists work for scientific research and development firms, colleges and universities, general medical and surgical hospitals, and medical and diagnostic laboratories. The salaries for biomedical scientists vary by industry or region.
In 2013, the mean annual wage for all medical scientists except epidemiologists was $90,230, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest earning 10 percent of medical scientists made $42,830 a year or less, while the highest earning made $149,310 or more. The biggest employers of medical scientists were providers of scientific research and development services, where the average pay was $100,430 a year. The second-biggest employers -- colleges, universities and professional schools -- paid an average of $65,520 per year.
The BLS reports that among the states, medical scientists in Idaho earned the highest average salaries at $145,570 a year. Montana was next at an average of $136,840. The states with the most jobs -- California, Massachusetts and New York -- paid medical scientists annual mean incomes of $100,530, $97,900 and $87,050, respectively.
2016 Salary Information for Medical Scientists
Medical scientists earned a median annual salary of $80,530 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, medical scientists earned a 25th percentile salary of $57,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $116,840, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 120,000 people were employed in the U.S. as medical scientists.