Product Development Scientist Salary

Product Development Scientists in the United States take home approximately $69K per year on average. Total cash compensation for Product Development Scientists runs from $43K to $102K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Product Development Scientists making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Most Product Development Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,242 - $98,714
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$43K
$69K
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MEDIAN: $68,591
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$14.99 - $35.48
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$43,242 - $98,714  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,991  
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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$42,573 - $101,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$20.61 - $50.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,991  
   
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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$42,573 - $101,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Survey results suggest that Product Development Scientists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled 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 less than five years' experience have a median salary of $63K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $73K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $97K.

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



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 14%

Biotechnology
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
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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