Neurophysiologists are biological scientists who study the relationship between the neurological systems of the body and the body's physiological functions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for biological scientists is expected to grow by 21 percent during the decade from 2008 to 2018. Neurophysiologist salaries tend to be slightly lower than the national average for other biological scientists.
Indeed.com indicates that the average salary of a neurophysiologist was $68,000 per year as of July 2011. This salary was slightly below the average salary of other biological scientists, who earned an average salary of $71,310 per year as of May 2010.
According to the BLS, the median salary for those in neurophysiology and biological science was $68,220, indicating that neurophysiologists were right in the middle of the pay scale for this profession. The middle 50 percent earned salaries ranging from $52,200 to $83,430, with the highest-paid biological scientists earning $102,300 or more per year.
Location provides an indication of what the neurophysiologist can expect to make. Salary Expert's survey of the salaries of physiologists in 10 major U.S. cities indicates that salaries ranged from $50,576 in Phoenix to $74,495 in Los Angeles. Those working in New York City made an average of $64,627 per year. Neurophysiologists in Chicago made an average salary of $57,245, while those working in Orlando made an average of $54,592.
The higher than average job growth projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to occur largely due to the continued growth of the biotechnology field. The bureau indicates that the federal government will provide much of the funding that will fuel job growth for biological scientists. Specialty fields like neurophysiology, however, may receive more limited funding due to the relatively small number of experts working in this and other specialized fields.
2016 Salary Information for Biochemists and Biophysicists
Biochemists and biophysicists earned a median annual salary of $82,180 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, biochemists and biophysicists earned a 25th percentile salary of $58,630, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $117,340, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 31,500 people were employed in the U.S. as biochemists and biophysicists.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Biological Scientists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: 19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other
- Indeed.com: Neurophysiologist Salary
- Salary Expert: Neurophysiologist Salaries
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Biochemists and Biophysicists
- Career Trend: Biochemists and Biophysicists
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