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Materials Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of materials scientists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of materials scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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. Materials Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,250
25th Percentile Wage
$69,960
50th Percentile Wage
$99,530
75th Percentile Wage
$128,850
90th Percentile Wage
$158,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) materials scientists is $158,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $99,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,250. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 209% 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 materials scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$99,530
0.10% 10.59%
2016
$99,430
8.48% -
2015
$91,000
-1.08% -
2014
$91,980
3.61% -
2013
$88,660
-0.37% -
2012
$88,990
- -

Table 2. Materials Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of materials scientists in 8 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 materials scientists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $127,230. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $54,290).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$127,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$120,130
Wholesale Trade
$119,880
Manufacturing
$103,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$98,150
Mining
$94,690
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$88,300
Educational Services
$54,290

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Materials Scientists by States

From the above tables we note that not only materials scientists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of materials scientists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $57,970 to $144,360. The highest paying state for materials scientists is Nevada with a median annual salary of $144,360. The lowest paying state is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $57,970. For more salary information of materials scientists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$144,360
New Mexico
$135,470
Connecticut
$126,280
Colorado
$118,030
Virginia
$112,030
Maryland
$110,910
Texas
$110,460
Louisiana
$107,670
Minnesota
$106,870
Massachusetts
$106,480
New Jersey
$102,890
New York
$101,370
North Carolina
$99,530
Oregon
$98,830
West Virginia
$97,110
California
$94,970
Michigan
$93,340
Illinois
$93,320
Pennsylvania
$92,790
Alabama
$92,520
Missouri
$88,950
Indiana
$87,140
Ohio
$86,730
Georgia
$86,250
Kansas
$85,580
Florida
$83,630
Washington
$82,980
Wisconsin
$81,870
Utah
$81,530
Tennessee
$80,310
Iowa
$79,630
New Hampshire
$77,610
Arizona
$77,290
South Carolina
$75,890
Delaware
$70,230
Kentucky
$67,300
Maine
$65,950
Oklahoma
$57,970



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