Product Development Scientist Salary

Product Development Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $74K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Product Development Scientists (50 percent) survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,913 - $98,399
$47K
$74K
$98K
MEDIAN: $73,552
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$17.66 - $29.92
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$30
MEDIAN: $21.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,913 - $98,399  
   
Bonus
$1,025 - $10,116  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$44,467 - $102,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.66 - $29.92  
   
Overtime
$24.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,025 - $10,116  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$44,467 - $102,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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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Many Product Development Scientists move into a Senior Product Development Scientist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist


Product Development Scientists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Project Management, Data Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Quality Assurance / Quality Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Product Development Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Product Development Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Product Development Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Product Development Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 44 salaries. A Product Development Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 7 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,226

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Product Development Scientists, busy Austin offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Product Development Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+31 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Seattle (+23 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Madison Product Development Scientists earning much less — 42 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (25 percent lower) and New York (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Product Development Scientist

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

▲20%

Late-Career
▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$73,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

Research Analysis
▲19%


Data Analysis
▲1%

National Average
$73,000


Molecular Biology
▼4%

Biotechnology
▼25%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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