Materials Scientist Salary

The average Materials Scientist in the United States earns approximately $82K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $51K to $114K 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 $114K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Materials Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Materials Scientists survey respondents are men (70 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$51,106 - $109,462

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$15.51 - $40.19

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,106 - $109,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,135  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $23,154  
Total Pay (?
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$50,768 - $114,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $40.19  
   
Overtime
$32.74 - $54.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,135  
   
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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$50,768 - $114,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Employees educated in Material Science are typically practiced in Microsoft Office, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

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


Materials Scientists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $74K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $84K. On average, Materials Scientists make $99K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $113K.

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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries


National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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