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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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
0.86% 3.15%
3.78% -
-3.52% -
2.19% -
-0.27% -
- -

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
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Machinery Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Other Food Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Tobacco Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering and Processing

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


Highest paying industries for chemists and materials scientists.