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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Materials Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,890
25th Percentile Wage
$71,070
50th Percentile Wage
$99,430
75th Percentile Wage
$128,620
90th Percentile Wage
$157,750

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 $157,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $99,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,890. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 216% 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 materials scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201699,4308.48%10.50%
201591,000-1.08%-
201491,9803.61%-
201388,660-0.37%-
201288,990--

Table 2. Materials Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of materials scientists in 6 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 $130,320. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,380).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$130,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$115,590
Manufacturing
$100,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$98,650
Wholesale Trade
$97,900
Educational Services
$51,380

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 $70,620 to $131,780. The highest paying state for materials scientists is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $131,780. The lowest paying state is Maine with a median annual salary of $70,620. For more salary information of materials scientists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Mexico
$131,780
Colorado
$119,500
Texas
$114,460
Maryland
$112,180
Massachusetts
$105,530
Connecticut
$104,530
Virginia
$103,050
Florida
$102,300
California
$102,140
New Jersey
$98,490
Illinois
$98,460
West Virginia
$97,110
New York
$94,170
North Carolina
$93,220
Michigan
$92,250
Pennsylvania
$91,810
Tennessee
$90,680
Oregon
$89,130
Alabama
$88,520
Ohio
$87,730
Indiana
$87,140
Georgia
$86,250
Kansas
$85,580
Washington
$82,980
Wisconsin
$79,740
South Carolina
$79,510
Utah
$76,600
Arizona
$75,340
Missouri
$74,110
Delaware
$71,720
Maine
$70,620


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