Product Development Scientist Salary

Product Development Scientists in the United States take home approximately $68K per year on average. In the world of Product Development Scientists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $43K and $102K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 a fair number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,500 - $98,142
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $68,427
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$15.45 - $40.61
(Median)
$15
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,500 - $98,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,024  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $12,255  
Commission
$9,000  
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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$42,957 - $101,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $40.61  
   
Overtime
$20.13 - $46.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,024  
   
Commission
$9,000  
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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$42,957 - $101,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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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Product Development Scientists often transition into Senior Product Development Scientist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Product Development Scientists earn $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 Project Management, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Biotechnology and Research Analysis as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know 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.


For Product Development Scientists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $63K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $74K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. 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 $94K.

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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


Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$69,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 11%

Biotechnology
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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