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Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of chemists and materials scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare chemists and materials scientist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Chemists and Materials Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,580
25th Percentile Wage
$54,780
50th Percentile Wage
$76,420
75th Percentile Wage
$108,100
90th Percentile Wage
$144,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemists and materials scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $144,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $76,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chemists and materials scientists is $40,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chemists and materials scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201676,4203.87%5.39%
201573,460-2.83%-
201475,5401.14%-
201374,6803.19%-
201272,300--

Compare Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of chemists and materials scientists in ten industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 computer systems design and related services industry with an annual salary $109,520. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $57,520). For detailed chemists and materials scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$109,520
Scientific Research and Development Services
$86,360
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$86,360
Engineering Services
$82,800
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$81,350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,420
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$75,300
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$75,090
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$59,380
Testing Laboratories
$57,520

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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