Median pay for Materials Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $81K per year. Total cash compensation to Materials Scientists bottoms out near $51K and approaches $116K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Materials Scientists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,059 - $109,698
$52K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,204
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$15.26 - $32.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,059 - $109,698  
   
Bonus
$986 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$952 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
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$51,039 - $116,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.44  
   
Overtime
$30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $11,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$952 - $14,899  
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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$51,039 - $116,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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

  • Analyze existing materials and applications to provide solutions and testing for optimization.
  • Write grants and proposals to obtain contracts for production.
  • Directly interact with clients to demonstrate and show products.
  • Develop new compositions or formulas and define specifications for each.
  • Follow protocols to produce, test, and package products.

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Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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


Materials Scientists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $102K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $122K.

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Key Stats for Materials Scientist

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 2%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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