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Materials Scientist Salary (United States)

Earnings for Materials Scientists in the United States typically come in at around $82K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $48K to $114K per year. Cash earnings for Materials Scientists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $114K. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Materials Scientists. Most Materials Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Materials Scientist Salary (?
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$49,350 - $109,845
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MEDIAN: $82,161
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Materials Scientist Salary (?
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$10.14 - $39.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,350 - $109,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,132  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $11,920  
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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$48,468 - $114,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $39.26  
   
Overtime
$26.01 - $64.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $11,920  
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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$48,468 - $114,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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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Popular Skills for Materials Scientist

Materials Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $74K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $88K. For Materials Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $115K. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise about one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$83,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

National Average
$83,000
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%