Materials Scientist Salary

Materials Scientists in the United States take home an average $83K per year. In the world of Materials Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $117K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $23K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Materials Scientists. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$52,762 - $113,511
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$53K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,660
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$12.37 - $37.81
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$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,762 - $113,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,990  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $23,154  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,410 - $116,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $37.81  
   
Overtime
$33.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $23,154  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,410 - $116,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Job Description for Materials Scientist

A variety of products - from electronic devices to appliances to prescription drugs to breakfast cereals - are constructed using hundreds or thousands of distinct elements (which themselves may be comprised of several different kinds of materials). The materials scientist examines the chemical properties of natural and man-made materials and finds ways to apply these materials to meet the needs of their company. Materials scientists work to constantly improve the materials and properties of products, using their knowledge of materials on the chemical and structural level to improve products and/or create new ones.

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Materials Scientist Tasks

  • Develop new compositions or formulas and define specifications for each.
  • Follow protocols to produce, test, and package products.
  • Directly interact with clients to demonstrate and show products.
  • Analyze existing materials and applications to provide solutions and testing for optimization.
  • Write grants and proposals to obtain contracts for production.

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Survey takers who work as Materials Scientists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Employees educated in Material Science are typically practiced in Microsoft Office, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Materials Scientists. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $76K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $85K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $102K on average. Materials Scientists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $114K.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 4%

National Average
$83,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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