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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 $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.
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.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Machinery Manufacturing|| |
|Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing|| |
|Paper Manufacturing|| |
|Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing|| |
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing|| |
|Plastics Product Manufacturing|| |
|Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing|| |
|Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing|| |
|Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing|| |
|Chemical Manufacturing|| |
|Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing|| |
|Basic Chemical Manufacturing|| |
|Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing|| |
|Rubber Product Manufacturing|| |
|Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing|| |
|Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing|| |
|Primary Metal Manufacturing|| |
|Miscellaneous Manufacturing|| |
|Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing|| |
|Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing|| |
|Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing|| |
|Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing|| |
|Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .