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Materials Scientist Salary

The average Materials Scientist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $82K annually. Compensation ranges between $51K and $113K per year. In the world of Materials Scientists, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $113K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $23K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Materials Scientists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for Materials Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,952 - $107,846
(Median)
$51K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,669
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90%

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$11.63 - $40.19
(Median)
$12
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,952 - $107,846  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,037  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $22,846  
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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$50,616 - $113,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $40.19  
   
Overtime
$32.63 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $22,846  
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).
)
$50,616 - $113,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 results suggest that Materials Scientists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Materials Scientists. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $74K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $85K. For Materials Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. 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 $113K.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
0%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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