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Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of chemists and materials scientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of chemists and materials scientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of chemists and materials scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The chemists and materials scientists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,540
25th Percentile Wage
$54,820
50th Percentile Wage
$75,420
75th Percentile Wage
$102,920
90th Percentile Wage
$132,650

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemists and materials scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemists and materials scientists is $132,650. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,540. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 211% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chemists and materials scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201675,4203.73%3.13%
201572,610-2.91%-
201474,7201.67%-
201373,4700.56%-
201273,060--

Table 2. Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemists and materials scientists in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chemists and materials scientists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $90,010. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,010
Utilities
$87,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$86,420
Mining
$83,010
Transportation and Warehousing
$82,240
Information
$76,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,420
Manufacturing
$74,790
Wholesale Trade
$71,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,090
Educational Services
$50,220



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