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Materials Scientist Salary in U.S.

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 2018 and published in April 2019 [1].

Table 1. Materials Scientist Salary in U.S. (2018 survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,560
25th Percentile Wage
$70,400
50th Percentile Wage
$99,800
75th Percentile Wage
$129,470
90th Percentile Wage
$159,970

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 $159,970. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $99,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,560. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 204% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Median salary trend (2012 to 2018)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of materials scientists from 2012 to 2018.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth6-Year Growth
2018
$99,800
0.27% 10.83%
2017
$99,530
0.10% -
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 (2018 survey)

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 $129,900. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $57,670).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$129,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$121,580
Manufacturing
$102,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$99,010
Mining
$96,530
Wholesale Trade
$94,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$88,300
Educational Services
$57,670

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Materials Scientists by States (2018 survey)

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 $57,960 to $137,240. The highest paying state for materials scientists is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $137,240. The lowest paying state is Alabama with a median annual salary of $57,960. 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
$137,240
Connecticut
$127,430
Indiana
$124,530
Nevada
$116,090
Louisiana
$113,540
Colorado
$112,630
North Carolina
$109,730
Texas
$108,780
New York
$107,790
California
$106,340
New Jersey
$106,140
Maryland
$105,640
Pennsylvania
$100,920
Illinois
$97,790
Oregon
$97,750
West Virginia
$97,110
Massachusetts
$96,210
Ohio
$95,390
Florida
$92,760
Minnesota
$91,930
Utah
$88,250
Arizona
$87,510
Missouri
$86,610
Iowa
$86,190
Kansas
$85,580
Virginia
$85,190
Georgia
$84,550
Washington
$82,980
New Hampshire
$82,470
Wisconsin
$81,870
Michigan
$80,450
South Carolina
$78,520
Tennessee
$75,010
Maine
$68,060
Kentucky
$67,300
Delaware
$66,960
Oklahoma
$57,970
Alabama
$57,960



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