Product Development Scientist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Product Development Scientists in the United States sit in the ballpark of $66,768 per year. The range in pay spans from $41,420 to $100,400 per year. Total cash compensation ranges from $41,491 on the lower end to $97,346 on the higher end, which includes potential for approximately $10,042 each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; the vast majority receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Men make up a slight majority of Product Development Scientists (52 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Product Development Scientist Salary (?
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$41,491 - $97,346
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MEDIAN: $65,934
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Product Development Scientist Salary (?
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$14.62 - $31.35
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$41,491 - $97,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
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$41,420 - $100,400  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$14.62 - $31.35  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $51.38  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$795 - $11,745  
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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$41,420 - $100,400  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Product Development Scientist

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Oftentimes, Product Development Scientists' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Product Development Scientist usually get paid an extra $30K per year.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist

Product Development Scientists report using a wide range of professional skills. Project Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis. It is not unusual for someone who knows Data Analysis to be familiar with Product Development as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Product Development Scientists. Pay increases slowly at first for Product Development Scientists, with starting salaries of $61K reaching $70K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $82K. After 20 years of work in the field, Product Development Scientists typically earn $100K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Product Development Scientists will find that Cambridge offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Product Development Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent) and San Diego (+16 percent). Product Development Scientists in Madison take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 36 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (-21 percent) and New York (-9 percent).

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

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$67,000
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Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$67,000
Research Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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Biotechnology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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