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Materials Scientist Salary

An average Materials Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $82K per year. Compensation ranges between $51K and $113K per year. Cash earnings for Materials Scientists — including $10K in bonuses and $23K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $113K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Materials Scientists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Materials Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$51,479 - $107,969
(Median)
$51K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,183
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50%
90%

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$11.63 - $40.19
(Median)
$12
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,479 - $107,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$51,002 - $112,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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 - $10,067  
   
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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$51,002 - $112,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Survey results suggest that Materials Scientists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $75K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $86K on average. Materials Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $113K.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
0%

National Average
$83,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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