Materials Scientist Salary

Median pay for Materials Scientists in the United States is around $83K annually. Total cash earnings of Materials Scientists range from $52K on the low end to $117K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $23K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Materials Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,762 - $113,511
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$53K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,660
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$12.37 - $37.81
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,762 - $113,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,990  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $23,154  
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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$52,410 - $116,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $37.81  
   
Overtime
$33.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $23,154  
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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$52,410 - $116,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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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Job skills reported by Materials Scientists are limited. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Experience with Material Science is often linked with knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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


Materials Scientists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $76K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $85K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $102K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $114K.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 4%

National Average
$83,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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