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Salary & Advancement

In North Carolina, average salaries for scientists are usually around $67,000. Starting salaries for an entry-level scientist typically run about $46,000. More experienced scientists can earn $78,000 or significantly more, depending on how much education and experience they have. As these figures do not reflect specific educational levels or types of companies, actual salaries may be higher or lower.

The salary figures above identify a range for positions similar to those outlined for scientists in this publication. Earning potential becomes greater as an individual's career progresses. Scientists often move out of laboratory science and into upper management or other positions as corporate scientific professionals (regulatory affairs, quality assurance, sales, and marketing).

*Salary ranges compiled from North Carolina data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.