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Materials Scientist Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $20.10 $35.87 $57.05
  Annual $41,800 $74,600 $118,700
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation 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.