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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of materials scientists from 2012 to 2018.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||6-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
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|