Product Development Scientist Salary (United States)

For Product Development Scientists, yearly wages usually total $66,768 annually. Compensation generally starts at $41,420 and does not exceed $100,400 per year. Total cash compensation to Product Development Scientists ranges from $41,420 on the lower end to $100,400 on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10,042 each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Product Development Scientists (52 percent). The majority of Product Development Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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Salary
$41,491 - $97,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
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$41,420 - $100,400  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 569
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$14.62 - $31.35  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $51.38  
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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  
PayScale
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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Product Development Scientists usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Senior Product Development Scientist may bring in a lot more money—an additional $30K annually.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist

Survey results imply that Product Development Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Project Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis. Aptitude in Data Analysis tends to also indicate an understanding of Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $61K to $70K after five to 10 years in the field. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $82K. Wages continue to improve for Product Development Scientists after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$67,000
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For Product Development Scientists, working in the bustling city of Cambridge has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Product Development Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent) and San Diego (+16 percent). Product Development Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Product Development Scientists in Madison bring in salaries that are 36 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and New York (-21 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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$67,000
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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%
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