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Materials Scientist Salary and Wage Information

  Percentile 10% (Low) 50% (Median) 90% (High)
  Hourly Wage $20.10 $35.87 $57.05
  Annual Wage $41,800 $74,600 $118,700
  • "10% (Low)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "50% (Median)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "90% (High)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data is not available
* The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S. based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

 Career Description
Materials Scientists research and study the structures and properties of various materials, including: metals, alloys, ceramics, semiconductors, rubber, polymers, and glass. They determine ways to strengthen materials or develop new materials with specific properties. This group includes glass scientists, metallurgical scientists, ceramic scientists, and polymer scientists.