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Product Development Scientist Salary (United States)

Median pay for Product Development Scientists in the United States is around $67K annually. 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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Product Development Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Product Development Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Product Development Scientist Salary (?
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$42,381 - $97,553
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MEDIAN: $66,823
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Product Development Scientist Salary (?
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$14.64 - $30.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,381 - $97,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,122  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $11,920  
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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$41,899 - $100,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 566
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $30.66  
   
Overtime
$21.57 - $46.66  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$789 - $11,920  
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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$41,899 - $100,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 suggest that Product Development Scientists put a wide range of professional skills 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $62K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $71K. Product Development Scientists see a median salary of $84K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $98K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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National Average
$67,000
New York
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Chicago
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Minneapolis
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Madison
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Home to some of the best pay for Product Development Scientists, Cambridge offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Product Development Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Durham (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Product Development Scientists in Madison earning a whopping 37 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Chicago (22 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$67,000

Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

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$67,000
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Molecular Biology
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Research Analysis
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Biotechnology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%