Materials Scientist Salary

Materials Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $82K per year. Earnings generally vary between $51K and $114K per year. Total cash earnings of Materials Scientists range from $51K on the low end to $114K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $23K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Materials Scientists survey respondents are men (71 percent). For the most part, Materials Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,240 - $108,671
(Median)
$51K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,533
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$14.00 - $40.90
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$14
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,240 - $108,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,065  
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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$51,106 - $114,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $40.90  
   
Overtime
$32.63 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,065  
   
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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$51,106 - $114,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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Job skills reported by Materials Scientists are limited. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office 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 Office, and Microsoft Word. Many workers who know Material Science also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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


Materials Scientists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $75K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $85K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $113K.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 3%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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