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Product Development Scientist Salary (United States)

Product Development Scientists in the United States can typically expect wages of $66K per year. Total incomes of Product Development Scientists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $100K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Product Development Scientists making up 52 percent of workers. Job satisfaction for Product Development Scientists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Product Development Scientist Salary (?
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$41,491 - $97,346
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MEDIAN: $65,934
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Product Development Scientist Salary (?
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$14.62 - $31.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,491 - $97,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $11,745  
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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$41,420 - $100,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $31.35  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $51.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$795 - $11,745  
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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$41,420 - $100,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Product Development Scientist

Product development scientists work across a variety of fields, and their tasks vary by industry. Many product development scientists work in the food industry; in that industry, some of the scientist's tasks include ensuring their organization meets government regulations and standards pertaining to sanitation, safety, waste management, and quality standards. Developing new food items for production based on consumer feedback is another common task, as is quality control analysis.
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Product Development Scientist Tasks
  • Track and ensure compliance to laws, regulations, guidelines, and safety standards.
  • Design products and research projects based on specifications, competitive analyses, and market research.
  • Act as expert in available technologies, materials, procedures, and research project management.
  • Seek and understand developments in relevant fields and the competition.

Common Career Paths for Product Development Scientist

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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Product Development Scientists. Many move into a Senior Product Development Scientist role where pay averages at $96K per year.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist

Product Development Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis. It is not unusual for someone who knows Data Analysis to be familiar with Product Development as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Product Development Scientists. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $61K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $70K. Product Development Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $99K. A fair portion of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$67,000
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For Product Development Scientists, busy Cambridge offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Product Development Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent) and San Diego (+16 percent). Product Development Scientists in Madison earn salaries far below the national average by 36 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Minneapolis and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$67,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$67,000
Research Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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Biotechnology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%