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Schools Offering Science Programs in Pennsylvania

Around 4.3% of Pennsylvania's graduates graduate from science degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 16,672 science professionals graduate from Pennsylvania's 128 science schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a science program is University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadelphia. In 2010, it was ranked 4th nationwide. 694 students graduated with a degree in science from University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Students at University of Pennsylvania paid $40,514 per year in tuition fees.

Swarthmore College, which was ranked 15th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a science program. It is located in Swarthmore. In 2010, Swarthmore College graduated 108 students from its science program. Tuition at Swarthmore College was $39,600 per year.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a science program is Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University, which was ranked 16th in the country in 2010, is located in Pittsburgh. In 2010, Carnegie Mellon University graduated 243 students from its science programs. Tuition at Carnegie Mellon University was $42,136 per year.


If you choose to attend a Pennsylvania science school, average tuition will be $20,456 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,720 per year to $42,342 per year. In 2010, the following Pennsylvania science schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Bucknell University - located in Lewisburg, students are charged $42,342 per year
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $42,136 per year
  3. Dickinson College - located in Carlisle, students are charged $41,520 per year

The following Pennsylvania science schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  2. Community College of Beaver County - located in Monaca, students are charged $2,796 per year
  3. Luzerne County Community College - located in Nanticoke, students are charged $3,090 per year

A science degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs science graduates in Pennsylvania pursue include environmental scientist, biology professor, science professor, biophysics scientist , and chemist. In 2010, there were 19,490 science professional working in Pennsylvania, including life scientists, 2,020 environmental scientists, and 3,330 biology professors. In Pennsylvania, the largest numbers of science professional work in the following counties:

  1. Bucks County - 11,510 science professionals
  2. Allegheny County - 3,280 science professionals
  3. Warren County - 880 science professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of science professionals in Pennsylvania will grow by 7%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 17,150 science professionals working in Pennsylvania. The greatest growth for science professional is predicted to be amongst Clinical Research Scientists, who are expected to increase by 13% by 2018.


science professionals in Pennsylvania earn $83,186 per year on average. However, Pennsylvania science professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $19,370 per year to more than $157,620 per year in 2010. The counties in Pennsylvania with the highest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. Warren County - $93,088 per year
  2. Bucks County - $85,887 per year
  3. Allegheny County - $81,302 per year

The Pennsylvania counties with the lowest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. Lebanon County - $57,280 per year
  2. Bedford County - $57,300 per year
  3. Clarion County - $57,453 per year

On average, the highest paid science professionals in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Biophysics Scientist - $102,430 per year
  2. Clinical Research Scientist - $99,600 per year
  3. Biology Professor - $92,150 per year

On average, the lowest paid science professionals in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Chemist - $68,940 per year
  2. Environmental Scientist - $67,860 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in science in Pennsylvania and to compare salaries with various related fields such as engineering or chemical engineering, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Science in Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Science in Pennsylvania
  • Doctoral Degree in Science in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Life Scientists, All Other n/a $76,820
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 6,470 $99,600 -0.2%
Chemists 4,250 $68,940 18.4%
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 3,330 $92,150 32.1%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 3,220 $74,500 -47.6%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 2,020 $67,860 29.5%
Physicists 200 $102,430 -28.6%

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