Materials Scientist Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

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

Average Annual Salary of Materials Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,210
25th Percentile Wage
$76,630
50th Percentile Wage
$100,630
75th Percentile Wage
$125,860
90th Percentile Wage
$154,190

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for 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) materials scientists is $154,190. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $100,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials scientists is $55,210.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of materials scientists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016100,6308.02%12.33%
201592,560-2.75%-
201495,1106.08%-
201389,3301.24%-
201288,220--

Compare Materials Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of materials scientists in 24 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 materials scientist occupations is the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry with an annual salary $128,440. The lowest paying industry is the other chemical product and preparation manufacturing industry (annual salary $77,660). For detailed materials scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$128,440
Machinery Manufacturing
$124,050
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$120,700
Paper Manufacturing
$116,620
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$114,200
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$111,170
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$111,150
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$107,460
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$105,610
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$103,090
Chemical Manufacturing
$100,860
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$96,800
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$95,310
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$93,950
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$92,150
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$83,110
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$82,180
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$81,990
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$81,330
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$80,810
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$79,970
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$79,760
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$79,430
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$77,660

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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