Median pay for Product Development Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $74K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male Product Development Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Product Development Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,942 - $100,442
$46K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,280
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50%
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$16.94 - $37.25
$17
$22
$37
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,942 - $100,442  
   
Bonus
$1,012 - $10,060  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$43,684 - $103,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.94 - $37.25  
   
Overtime
$24.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,012 - $10,060  
   
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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$43,684 - $103,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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

  • Act as expert in available technologies, materials, procedures, and research project management.
  • Seek and understand developments in relevant fields and the competition.
  • Track and ensure compliance to laws, regulations, guidelines, and safety standards.
  • Design products and research projects based on specifications, competitive analyses, and market research.

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. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $79K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Product Development Scientists bring in $89K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $82K by contrast.

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Key Stats for Product Development Scientist

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 18%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$74,000



Molecular Biology
up arrow 5%

Biotechnology
up arrow 25%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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