For its survey of national employment trends conducted in May 2010, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) categorized immunologists along with fellow microbiologists, such as those investigating bacteria and algae. It reported that the mean yearly salary across this professional grouping was $72,030. This equates to an hourly wage of $34.63 and a monthly income of $6,003. Allergists-immunologists within the top 10 percent of earners received salaries of over $115,720, while their contemporaries in the corresponding bottom bracket earned less than $39,180 per annum.
Allergists-immunologists are microbiological scientists who research methods of preventing allergic reactions. Allergies are formed when the immune system develops a hypersensitivity to an environmental substance, such as pollen or chemicals. They investigate the causes and symptoms of allergic reactions and try to develop chemical compounds that would mitigate their negative effects. Salary levels are comparable with those for other microbiologists. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual salary for this professional grouping was $72,030 as of May 2010.
Salary by Industry
According to the BLS, as of May 2010 the two sectors employing the largest numbers of microbiologists, including immunologists specializing in allergies, were scientific research and development services, and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing.The mean annual wages within these sectors were listed as $72,860 and $68,770, respectively. Immunologists working within colleges, universities and professional schools earned $54,020, while those employed by medical and diagnostic laboratories received a mean wage of $82,860. The mean yearly salary for allergists-immunologists working in the federal executive branch was $99,650, while those in state government earned $52,200.
Salary by Geography
The location where an allergist-immunologist practices may also affect her pay rate. According to the BLS, the District of Columbia is where a microbiologist was likely to receive the best compensation, with a mean of $104,370 per annum, as of May 2010. Maryland was the nearest challenger, with $100,110, while Georgia rounded out the top three locations with a mean wage of $86,380. New York and Montana were listed with comparable salaries--$68,280 and $66,160, respectively---while Delaware was among the states with the lowest pay, just $61,680.
Through 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics posits a 21 percent increase in employment opportunities across the biological science field, including openings for immunologists. Jobs in general are expected to grow by between seven and 13 percent over the same period. The growth in the biotechnology industry is the primary cause of this growth. As as result, salary levels for scientists such as allergy-immunologists should remain very competitive.
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