Product Development Scientist Salary

Earnings for Product Development Scientists in the United States come in at around $71K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women Product Development Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Product Development Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,445 - $95,901
$47K
$70K
$96K
MEDIAN: $70,452
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50%
90%

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$18.00 - $28.83
$18
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.94
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$0$99K
Salary $47,445 - $95,901
Bonus $998 - $10,068
Profit Sharing $1,560
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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$44,751 - $99,060
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 206
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $18.00 - $28.83
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $998 - $10,068
Profit Sharing $1,560
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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$44,751 - $99,060
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 29

Job Description for Product Development Scientist

Product development scientists work across a variety of fields, and their tasks vary by industry. Many product development scientists work in the food industry; in that industry, some of the scientist's tasks include ensuring their organization meets government regulations and standards pertaining to sanitation, safety, waste management, and quality standards. Developing new food items for production based on consumer feedback is another common task, as is quality control analysis.

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Product Development Scientist Tasks

  • Act as expert in available technologies, materials, procedures, and research project management.
  • Seek and understand developments in relevant fields and the competition.
  • Track and ensure compliance to laws, regulations, guidelines, and safety standards.
  • Design products and research projects based on specifications, competitive analyses, and market research.

Common Career Paths for Product Development Scientist


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Advancing into a Senior Product Development Scientist role seems to be a popular career move for Product Development Scientists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Product Development Scientist


Survey results imply that Product Development Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Research Analysis, Project Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Biotechnology as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Product Development Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Product Development Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Product Development Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Product Development Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 44 salaries. A Product Development Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 7 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,228

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Product Development Scientists, working in the bustling city of Austin has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Product Development Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cambridge (+36 percent), San Diego (+31 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), and Seattle (+28 percent). Product Development Scientists in Madison take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 40 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and New York (22 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Product Development Scientist

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Product Development Scientist Salaries

▲27%

Late-Career
▲16%

▲15%

National Average
$69,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Product Development Scientist Salaries

Research Analysis
▲26%


Data Analysis
▲7%


Molecular Biology
▲1%

National Average
$69,000

Biotechnology
▼21%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%