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Highest Paying Industries for Materials Scientists

The top 48 highest paying industries for materials scientists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $129,510, federal executive branch (oes designation) is the highest paying industry for materials scientists. It is followed by federal, state, and local government (oes designation) industry (average annual salary $121,130). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of materials scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 48 Highest Paying Industries for Materials Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$129,510
40
2 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$121,130
50
3 Federal, State, and Local Government
$121,130
50
4 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$114,960
470
5 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$114,310
50
6 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$113,470
180
7 Paper Manufacturing
$111,700
60
8 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$108,740
30
9 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$103,970
330
10 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$103,690
200
11 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$102,710
50
12 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$102,470
480
13 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$101,570
240
14 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$100,620
150
15 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$99,780
130
16 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$99,120
70
17 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$97,610
130
18 Chemical Manufacturing
$95,980
1,260
19 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$95,660
1,950
20 Scientific Research and Development Services
$95,660
1,950
21 Manufacturing
$95,110
3,030
22 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$94,240
30
23 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$93,670
2,660
24 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$93,550
190
25 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$92,150
n/a
26 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,280
390
27 Machinery Manufacturing
$88,970
60
28 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$85,610
n/a
29 Engineering Services
$85,050
240
30 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$84,160
190
31 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$83,320
110
32 Wholesale Trade
$81,170
180
33 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$79,850
70
34 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$79,120
320
35 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$78,800
470
36 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$78,570
170
37 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$78,310
50
38 Testing Laboratories
$72,890
230
39 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$71,680
90
40 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$70,320
50
41 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$66,500
460
42 State government, including schools and hospitals
$59,980
n/a
43 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$59,980
n/a
44 Educational Services - State government owned
$59,980
n/a
45 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$57,150
530
46 Educational Services
$57,150
530
47 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$52,410
n/a
48 Educational Services - Privately owned
$52,410
n/a
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