Product Development Scientists in the United States take home an average $75K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Product Development Scientists making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,935 - $100,438
(Median)
$47K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,281
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$16.48 - $38.12
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$16
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$38
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,935 - $100,438  
   
Bonus
$998 - $10,016  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$44,302 - $103,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.48 - $38.12  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$998 - $10,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$44,302 - $103,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Product Development Scientist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist


Survey results suggest that Product Development Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Project Management, Product Development, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Quality Assurance / Quality Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $84K.

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Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 16%

National Average
$75,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 7%

Biotechnology
up arrow 27%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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