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Materials Scientist Salary (United States)

A Materials Scientist earns an average salary of $81,695 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in Material Science is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Materials Scientist Salary (?
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$49,595 - $108,109
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $81,695
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Materials Scientist Salary (?
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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 (?
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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).
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$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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Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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

Pay Difference By Location

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$82,000
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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

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

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%