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Product Development Scientist Salary

The average Product Development Scientist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $68K per year. In the world of Product Development Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $42K and $101K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $12K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Product Development Scientists. Male Product Development Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,830 - $98,031
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $67,923
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$15.02 - $35.23
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$35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,830 - $98,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,004  
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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$42,399 - $101,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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 - $10,004  
   
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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$42,399 - $101,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Survey results imply that Product Development Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Biotechnology, Research Analysis, and Molecular Biology. 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.


Product Development Scientists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $62K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Product Development Scientists make a median salary of $87K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $93K.

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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 103 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

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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