Product Development Scientist Salary

Median pay for Product Development Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $69K per year. Cash earnings for Product Development Scientists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $102K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Product Development Scientists making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Product Development Scientists. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,481 - $98,574

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$15.33 - $31.35

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$43,481 - $98,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,081  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $14,400  
Total Pay (?
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$42,619 - $101,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $31.35  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $45.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $14,400  
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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$42,619 - $101,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist


Product Development Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Biotechnology as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Research Analysis and Molecular Biology also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Product Development Scientists. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $63K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $73K. Product Development Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $99K.

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries


National Average
$70,000

Product Development
up arrow 4%


Molecular Biology
up arrow 8%

Research Analysis
up arrow 11%

Biotechnology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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