Materials Scientist Salary (United States)

A Materials Scientist earns an average salary of $81,617 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Materials Scientist Total Pay (?
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$48,924 - $108,379
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MEDIAN: $81,616
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Materials Scientist Total Pay (?
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$10.26 - $42.41
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,924 - $108,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,176  
Profit Sharing
$1,009 - $11,635  
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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$46,820 - $113,577  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $42.41  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $64.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,176  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,009 - $11,635  
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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$46,820 - $113,577  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist
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Pay Difference By Location
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$82,000
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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
National Average
$82,000

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 1%
National Average
$82,000
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%
Research Analysis
up arrow 14%
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Gender
Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%
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