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Materials Scientist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for materials scientists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of materials scientists amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Materials Scientists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,360
25th Percentile Wage
$62,900
50th Percentile Wage
$94,970
75th Percentile Wage
$125,440
90th Percentile Wage
$153,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $153,730. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $94,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,360.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of materials scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,970
-7.55% 2.58%
2016
$102,140
4.11% -
2015
$97,940
-0.37% -
2014
$98,300
-0.53% -
2013
$98,820
6.38% -
2012
$92,520
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Materials Scientists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of materials scientists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of materials scientists in state of California ranges from $62,830 to $139,530. The highest paying area for materials scientists in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $139,530. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $108,160). The lowest paying area is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $62,830.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$139,530
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$108,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$98,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$97,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$96,920
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$96,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$93,790
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$92,290
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$90,460
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$74,830
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$62,830




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