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Product Development Scientist Salary

Median pay for Product Development Scientists in the United States is around $68K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Product Development Scientists spread between $42K and $101K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Product Development Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men working as Product Development Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,922 - $98,291
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $67,824
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$15.02 - $35.00
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,922 - $98,291  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,960  
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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$42,457 - $101,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $35.00  
   
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 - $9,960  
   
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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$42,457 - $101,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Biotechnology, Research Analysis, and Molecular Biology. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $62K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $73K. Product Development Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. 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 $96K.

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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



Molecular Biology
up arrow 10%

Research Analysis
up arrow 12%

Biotechnology
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%