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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,330
25th Percentile Wage
$55,680
50th Percentile Wage
$76,280
75th Percentile Wage
$103,800
90th Percentile Wage
$133,730

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 $133,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $76,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,330. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 208% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chemists and materials scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,280
1.13% 4.22%
2016
$75,420
3.73% -
2015
$72,610
-2.91% -
2014
$74,720
1.67% -
2013
$73,470
0.56% -
2012
$73,060
- -

Table 2. Chemists and Materials Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemists and materials scientists in 16 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 $96,400. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$96,400
Construction
$94,320
Utilities
$89,200
Federal, State, and Local Government
$88,620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$80,560
Mining
$79,160
Retail Trade
$78,940
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,210
Information
$76,420
Transportation and Warehousing
$76,260
Manufacturing
$75,440
Wholesale Trade
$73,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,760
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,240
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$64,100
Educational Services
$50,560



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