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

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 $156,970. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $103,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials scientists is $54,530.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.39% 14.42%
8.02% -
-2.75% -
6.08% -
1.24% -
- -

Compare Materials Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of materials scientists in 33 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 commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing industry with an annual salary $136,240. The lowest paying industry is the fabricated metal product manufacturing industry (annual salary $66,170). For detailed 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
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

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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