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

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

Average Annual Salary of Materials Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,320
25th Percentile Wage
$71,380
50th Percentile Wage
$98,650
75th Percentile Wage
$131,460
90th Percentile Wage
$161,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for 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) materials scientists is $161,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $98,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials scientists is $50,320.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201698,6505.86%5.08%
201592,870-0.86%-
201493,6701.93%-
201391,860-1.94%-
201293,640--

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

The average salaries of materials scientists in seven 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 materials scientist occupations is the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry with an annual salary $117,980. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $66,760). For detailed materials scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$117,980
Scientific Research and Development Services
$103,800
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$103,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$98,650
Engineering Services
$89,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$77,240
Testing Laboratories
$66,760

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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