Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of chemists and materials scientists in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare chemists and materials scientist salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Chemists and Materials Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,500
25th Percentile Wage
$56,300
50th Percentile Wage
$75,440
75th Percentile Wage
$100,270
90th Percentile Wage
$128,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemists and materials scientists in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemists and materials scientists is $128,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chemists and materials scientists is $44,500.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chemists and materials scientists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$75,440
0.86% 3.15%
2016
$74,790
3.78% -
2015
$71,960
-3.52% -
2014
$74,490
2.19% -
2013
$72,860
-0.27% -
2012
$73,060
- -

Compare Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of chemists and materials scientists in 67 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for chemists and materials scientist occupations is the commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing industry with an annual salary $122,680. The lowest paying industry is the animal slaughtering and processing industry (annual salary $46,200). For detailed chemists and materials scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$122,680
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$108,880
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$101,800
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$100,040
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$96,570
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$96,230
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$93,870
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$91,410
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$91,090
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$89,140
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$89,100
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$88,430
Printing and Related Support Activities
$87,580
Printing and Related Support Activities
$87,580
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$86,310
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$85,850
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$84,280
Machinery Manufacturing
$84,030
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$83,310
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$82,980
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$81,340
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$81,230
Textile Mills
$81,220
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$80,450
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$80,260
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$79,880
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$79,880
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$79,660
Chemical Manufacturing
$79,360
Machinery Manufacturing
$78,630
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$77,730
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$77,250
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$75,450
Other Food Manufacturing
$74,870
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$74,510
Chemical Manufacturing
$74,270
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$74,270
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$73,980
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$73,570
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$73,280
Chemical Manufacturing
$73,120
Paper Manufacturing
$72,840
Fabric Mills
$72,480
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$72,290
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,130
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$72,030
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$71,980
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$71,380
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$70,660
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$70,030
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$69,030
Textile Product Mills
$68,300
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$67,670
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$66,980
Food Manufacturing
$66,530
Ship and Boat Building
$66,450
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$66,010
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$65,350
Beverage Manufacturing
$65,140
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$64,620
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$63,340
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$63,130
Tobacco Manufacturing
$62,210
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$59,980
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$55,960
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$49,560
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$46,200

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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