Materials Scientist Salary

Materials Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $82K per year on average. In the world of Materials Scientists, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $117K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$52,277 - $110,859
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$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,115
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$16.89 - $45.30
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$0$116K
Salary $52,277 - $110,859
Bonus $0.00 - $14,246
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $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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$51,155 - $116,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 274
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $16.89 - $45.30
Overtime $28.20
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $0.00 - $14,246
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $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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$51,155 - $116,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Materials Scientist

A variety of products - from electronic devices to appliances to prescription drugs to breakfast cereals - are constructed using hundreds or thousands of distinct elements (which themselves may be comprised of several different kinds of materials). The materials scientist examines the chemical properties of natural and man-made materials and finds ways to apply these materials to meet the needs of their company. Materials scientists work to constantly improve the materials and properties of products, using their knowledge of materials on the chemical and structural level to improve products and/or create new ones.

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Materials Scientist Tasks

  • Analyze existing materials and applications to provide solutions and testing for optimization.
  • Write grants and proposals to obtain contracts for production.
  • Directly interact with clients to demonstrate and show products.
  • Develop new compositions or formulas and define specifications for each.
  • Follow protocols to produce, test, and package products.

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Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Materials Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Materials Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 133 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Materials Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Materials Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 38 salaries. A Materials Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $143,000 based on 7 salaries.

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Key Stats for Materials Scientist

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Materials Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲72%

Experienced
▲29%

▲3%

National Average
$83,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Materials Scientist Salaries


National Average
$83,000


Microsoft Excel
▼7%

Microsoft Word
▼11%

Research Analysis
▼12%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 3%
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