What’s Hot: Although Physicists are the highest paid averaging $121,770, for the Astronomers (while small in number at 1,830), the ‘sky’s almost the limit’ as they average $110,380. Similarly, today’s Political Scientists have a lot to document and discuss and are well compensated in the process at $112,250. Also this occupation has two of the smallest categories in size in Geographers, who according to the Labor Bureau “study nature and use of areas of earth’s surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena,” with 1,370 constituents at $74,090 and Industrial Organizational Psychologists, who “apply principles of psychology to personnel, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems”, with 1,020 members at a mean annual wage of $104,570.
What’s Not: In contrast, Forest and Conservation Technicians may have some difficulty seeing ‘the forest through the trees’ at $38,630 and both the Agricultural and Food Science Technicians at $40,470 and the Social Science Research Assistants at $46,820 face some difficulty ‘feeding’ their passions as their mean annual wage is less than $50,000.
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.