Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Research Chemists with Material Science skills who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $54K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $66K. Research Chemists with Material Science skills see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $103K — the plum median salary in this group.