Product Development Scientist Salary

An average Product Development Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68K per year. In the world of Product Development Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $43K and $102K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $12K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Product Development Scientists (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Product Development Scientists. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report 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 (?
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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 who move on to become Senior Product Development Scientists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Product Development Scientists get paid an average of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist


Product Development Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Biotechnology and Research Analysis, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in 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.


Product Development Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $63K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $74K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $89K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark 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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