Average Materials Scientist Salary

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The average salary for a Materials Scientist is $85,125.
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$52k - $123k

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Job Description for Materials Scientist

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Scientist

The top respondents for the job title Materials Scientist are from the companies General Atomics, General Electric Co (GE) and Masco Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Nike, Inc. where the average pay is $108,574. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE), earning around $105,000. Masco Corporation pays the lowest at around $49,132. Tekscan also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $84,441.

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Popular Skills for Materials Scientist

Skills in Material Science, Product Development and Electron Microscope are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Scientist

An entry-level Materials Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $76,505 based on 111 salaries. An early career Materials Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,964 based on 245 salaries. A mid-career Materials Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $87,226 based on 162 salaries. An experienced Materials Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $100,756 based on 78 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $121,625.
Employees with Materials Scientist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 15.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (14.6% more) and Houston, Texas (9.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (14.8% less).

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