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 a wage between 64000 and 96000 based on seniority. Materials Scientists usually get salaries of Eighty Seven Thousand dollars per year.

Materials Scientists can get the best compensation in Connecticut, where they can receive pay of near $119980. They make the greatest compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can get normal pay levels of $92270.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 16.87 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Materials Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries
Wholesale Trade $92,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $91,450
Manufacturing $85,050
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $83,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises $83,290
Educational Services $68,390
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $68,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises $83,290
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $83,670
Manufacturing $85,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $91,450
Wholesale Trade $92,270
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