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
$54,530
25th Percentile Wage
$75,090
50th Percentile Wage
$103,090
75th Percentile Wage
$128,720
90th Percentile Wage
$156,970

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
2017
$103,090
2.39% 14.42%
2016
$100,630
8.02% -
2015
$92,560
-2.75% -
2014
$95,110
6.08% -
2013
$89,330
1.24% -
2012
$88,220
- -

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
$136,240
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$126,820
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$119,550
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$119,250
Machinery Manufacturing
$118,650
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$114,910
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$114,200
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$113,510
Paper Manufacturing
$113,060
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$108,980
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$106,950
Chemical Manufacturing
$106,580
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$104,130
Chemical Manufacturing
$103,040
Chemical Manufacturing
$100,920
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$100,260
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$98,450
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$95,310
Machinery Manufacturing
$94,910
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$94,240
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$94,140
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$93,950
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$92,150
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$89,460
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
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$76,750
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$75,840
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$74,950
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$74,300
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$66,170

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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