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Materials Scientist Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of materials scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare materials scientist salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Materials Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$84,470
25th Percentile Wage
$111,300
50th Percentile Wage
$130,320
75th Percentile Wage
$160,290
90th Percentile Wage
$160,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $160,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $130,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials scientists is $84,470.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016130,3206.11%4.23%
2015122,3601.01%-
2014121,1301.06%-
2013119,850-4.14%-
2012124,810--

Compare Materials Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of materials scientists in five industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $139,640. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $50,640). For detailed materials scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$139,640
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$130,320
Federal government, including USPS
$127,600
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$53,310
State government, including schools and hospitals
$50,640

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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