Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $54K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $65K. Research Chemists with Material Science skills see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $103K.