Salary for Materials Scientists

Also known as:  Materials Scientist, Metal Alloy Scientist, Plastics Scientist

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The role of materials scientists is to study, develop, and test materials for industrial and experimental purpose, and to test the strength and behavior of metals and their alloys to ensure compliance with government and industry standards, and to study the metal's behavior under different conditions. Materials scientists may work with existing materials to determine new applications or processing methods, or may invent new materials. They may perform experiments or use computer modeling to test material properties. In some cases, these individuals may teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. The majority of materials scientists have doctoral degrees, although a significant minority have not pursued education beyond the Bachelor's level.

A Materials Scientist can earn average salaries of between $54,810 and $165,290 based on tenure level. will most likely receive a wage of one hundred and four thousand four hundred and fifty dollars yearly.

can receive the highest pay in New Hampshire, where they earn average job salaries of close to $156,630. People in this job function are compensated the highest in Public Administration, where they can earn average pay scales of $131,560.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 43.00 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Materials Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$131,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$120,230
Wholesale Trade
$109,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$105,360
Manufacturing
$103,080
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$94,180

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$70,950
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$94,180
Manufacturing
$103,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$105,360
Wholesale Trade
$109,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$120,230