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Materials Scientist Salary

Materials Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $82K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $49K, and the higher rates verge on $113K per year. Total incomes of Materials Scientists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $23K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $49K and $113K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Materials Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Materials Scientists who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$49,595 - $108,109
(Median)
50K
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82K
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MEDIAN: $81,695
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$10.21 - $38.74
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,595 - $108,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,155  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $23,315  
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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$48,685 - $112,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $38.74  
   
Overtime
$26.01 - $64.07  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,155  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $23,315  
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).
)
$48,685 - $112,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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


Professional skills reported by Materials Scientists are few in number. 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. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office are also commonly seen together.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $74K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $88K. Materials Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $97K. 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 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries


National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%