Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Research Chemists with Material Science skills see a median income of $54K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $66K. Research Chemists with Material Science skills who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $80K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $103K.