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Product Development Scientist Salary

Median pay for Product Development Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $68K per year. Overall cash earnings for Product Development Scientists stretch from $43K on the lower end to $101K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Product Development Scientists (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Product Development Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,071 - $98,193
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$43K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $68,306
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$15.02 - $35.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,071 - $98,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,973  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $12,255  
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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$42,577 - $101,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $35.23  
   
Overtime
$20.84 - $49.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$776 - $12,255  
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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$42,577 - $101,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $62K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $73K on average. Product Development Scientists bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Product Development Scientists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $93K on average.

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries


National Average
$69,000

Product Development
up arrow 4%


Molecular Biology
up arrow 9%

Research Analysis
up arrow 13%

Biotechnology
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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