Product Development Scientist Salary

Pay for Product Development Scientists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $68K annually. 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 is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Product Development Scientists making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Product Development Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$43,150 - $98,595
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$99K
MEDIAN: $68,477
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$15.33 - $35.48
(Median)
$15
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,150 - $98,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,036  
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 - $101,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$20.61 - $50.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,036  
   
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 - $101,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


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 familiar with Data Analysis also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Product Development Scientists. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $63K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $73K. Product Development Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $98K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries


National Average
$69,000

Product Development
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 8%

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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