Neuroscientists work to unravel the mystery of the human brain and nervous system. They may research the role of stem cells in repairing the brain after trauma, work to develop early detection tests for Alzheimer's, or experiment with new treatments and therapies for diseases, such as Parkinson's and epilepsy. For their work, they earn above-average salaries.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies neuroscientists as medical scientists. In May 2013, the BLS reported that medical scientists earned an average salary of $90,230 a year. Top-earning medical scientists earned as much as $149,310 a year, while the bottom 10 percent earned $42,830 a year. According to Indeed, the average salary of a neuroscientist in July 2014 was $103,000 a year. Geographic location can affect salaries. For example, in California, neuroscientists earned $111,000 a year. In New York, the average salary is $124,000 a year. In Nebraska, however, the average salary is only $76,000 a year.