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Materials Scientist Salary

For Materials Scientists, yearly average wages total $83K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $51K, and the top verges on $113K per year. In the world of Materials Scientists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $23K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $113K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Materials Scientists who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Materials Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,294 - $108,303
(Median)
$51K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,523
10%
50%
90%

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$11.63 - $40.19
(Median)
$12
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,294 - $108,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,043  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $23,000  
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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$50,737 - $113,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $40.19  
   
Overtime
$32.63 - $55.00  
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 - $10,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$965 - $23,000  
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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$50,737 - $113,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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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Materials Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Those with knowledge of Microsoft Excel tend to be skilled in Microsoft Office as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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


Materials Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $76K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $87K on average. Materials Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $97K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $113K on average.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries


National Average
$83,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%