Average Development Scientist Salary
$89,000 yearly
$31.79 hourly
Updated July 8, 2021
$69,000
10 %
$89,000
Median
$115,000
90 %
Development scientists in the United States make an average salary of $89,464 per year or $43.01 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $69,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $115,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Nevada, Delaware, California, Minnesota, and Connecticut provide the highest development scientist salaries.

Average Development Scientist Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where development scientists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Development Scientist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$70,614
$70,614
$33.95
$33.95
Alaska
Alaska
$72,378
$72,378
$34.80
$34.80
Arizona
Arizona
$88,051
$88,051
$42.33
$42.33
Arkansas
Arkansas
$89,081
$89,081
$42.83
$42.83
California
California
$108,912
$108,912
$52.36
$52.36
Colorado
Colorado
$72,030
$72,030
$34.63
$34.63
Connecticut
Connecticut
$102,079
$102,079
$49.08
$49.08
Delaware
Delaware
$110,412
$110,412
$53.08
$53.08
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$82,670
$82,670
$39.75
$39.75
Florida
Florida
$74,711
$74,711
$35.92
$35.92
Georgia
Georgia
$56,700
$56,700
$27.26
$27.26
Hawaii
Hawaii
$77,029
$77,029
$37.03
$37.03
Idaho
Idaho
$74,574
$74,574
$35.85
$35.85
Illinois
Illinois
$79,033
$79,033
$38.00
$38.00
Indiana
Indiana
$67,143
$67,143
$32.28
$32.28
Iowa
Iowa
$67,003
$67,003
$32.21
$32.21
Kansas
Kansas
$69,794
$69,794
$33.55
$33.55
Kentucky
Kentucky
$79,186
$79,186
$38.07
$38.07
Louisiana
Louisiana
$62,839
$62,839
$30.21
$30.21
Maine
Maine
$100,644
$100,644
$48.39
$48.39
Maryland
Maryland
$88,027
$88,027
$42.32
$42.32
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$87,299
$87,299
$41.97
$41.97
Michigan
Michigan
$68,103
$68,103
$32.74
$32.74
Minnesota
Minnesota
$102,523
$102,523
$49.29
$49.29
Mississippi
Mississippi
$61,309
$61,309
$29.48
$29.48
Missouri
Missouri
$63,767
$63,767
$30.66
$30.66
Montana
Montana
$83,325
$83,325
$40.06
$40.06
Nebraska
Nebraska
$66,027
$66,027
$31.74
$31.74
Nevada
Nevada
$112,652
$112,652
$54.16
$54.16
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$78,996
$78,996
$37.98
$37.98
New Jersey
New Jersey
$97,914
$97,914
$47.07
$47.07
New Mexico
New Mexico
$88,391
$88,391
$42.50
$42.50
New York
New York
$82,644
$82,644
$39.73
$39.73
North Carolina
North Carolina
$81,788
$81,788
$39.32
$39.32
North Dakota
North Dakota
$65,471
$65,471
$31.48
$31.48
Ohio
Ohio
$75,603
$75,603
$36.35
$36.35
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$78,594
$78,594
$37.79
$37.79
Oregon
Oregon
$83,339
$83,339
$40.07
$40.07
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$99,125
$99,125
$47.66
$47.66
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$78,991
$78,991
$37.98
$37.98
South Carolina
South Carolina
$69,200
$69,200
$33.27
$33.27
South Dakota
South Dakota
$77,528
$77,528
$37.27
$37.27
Tennessee
Tennessee
$69,824
$69,824
$33.57
$33.57
Texas
Texas
$75,907
$75,907
$36.49
$36.49
Utah
Utah
$72,885
$72,885
$35.04
$35.04
Vermont
Vermont
$77,752
$77,752
$37.38
$37.38
Virginia
Virginia
$86,513
$86,513
$41.59
$41.59
Washington
Washington
$80,338
$80,338
$38.62
$38.62
West Virginia
West Virginia
$68,151
$68,151
$32.76
$32.76
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$75,175
$75,175
$36.14
$36.14
Wyoming
Wyoming
$79,045
$79,045
$38.00
$38.00

Highest Paying Cities For Development Scientist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
South San Francisco, CA
South San Francisco, CA
$113,674
$113,674
$54.65
$54.65
Wilmington, DE
Wilmington, DE
$110,833
$110,833
$53.29
$53.29
Minnetonka, MN
Minnetonka, MN
$102,504
$102,504
$49.28
$49.28
New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT
$102,221
$102,221
$49.14
$49.14
Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem, PA
$99,752
$99,752
$47.96
$47.96
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
$97,960
$97,960
$47.10
$47.10

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    How Much Do Development Scientists Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a development scientist can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for development scientists tend to be found in pharmaceutical, health care, and technology companies. In fact, development scientists can make a yearly salary of $94,072 while working for pharmaceutical companies.
    Industry
    Avg. Salary
    Range
    1. Pharmaceutical
    $94,072
    Avg. Salary
    $68k
    $104k
    2. Health Care
    $92,738
    Avg. Salary
    $68k
    $104k
    3. Technology
    $91,070
    Avg. Salary
    $68k
    $104k
    4. Government
    $88,025
    Avg. Salary
    $68k
    $104k
    5. Manufacturing
    $76,887
    Avg. Salary
    $68k
    $104k

    High Paying Development Scientist Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Laboratory Analyst

    Avg. salary: $47,557

    A Laboratory Analyst helps conduct experiments, run laboratory tests, and analyze results. They compile and record data for the documentation needed for testing and report preparation.
    27,818 Laboratory Analyst Jobs
    Research Fellow

    Avg. salary: $49,120

    A research fellow is an academic researcher who conducts research and analysis of comprehensive literature, data, and results and provides literature reviews. He supervises research assistants and recruits study participants to interview them for a particular study. To become a research fellow, a candidate should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline and publish peer-reviewed papers. Also, a research fellow can be an independent investigator or be supervised by a principal investigator.
    31,581 Research Fellow Jobs
    Microbiologist

    Avg. salary: $58,817

    Microbiologists are responsible for studying the microscopic organisms causing infections and environmental damage, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Their work focuses on the identification and growth of these microbes to better understand their characteristics that may help in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious and bacterial diseases. They use sophisticated technologies and machinery to study microbes and perform their tasks. These scientists are also responsible for developing best practices and techniques for routine sampling and research. Microbiologists may work in various settings, including laboratories, research institutes, and hospitals.
    7,665 Microbiologist Jobs
    Research Chemist

    Avg. salary: $69,467

    A research chemist specializes in conducting studies and experiments to develop new products. Their duties primarily focus on conducting research and assessments, gathering and analyzing chemical samples, developing ideas, conducting tests to study chemical reactions, maintaining records of all procedures, and utilizing previous studies. Their research findings can be used to create new medicines, enhance existing products, and lead to innovations. When it comes to employment, a research chemist may work for pharmaceutical companies, private laboratories, government agencies, and learning institutions.
    27,094 Research Chemist Jobs
    Chemist

    Avg. salary: $60,376

    Chemists are generally responsible for observing and investigating chemical substances to create new and safe compounds essential for practical applications. They are often grouped depending on a particular area of specialization to focus and understand the complexities of the matter. A chemist usually takes time performing research and conducting experiments to test and further improve the quality and usage of a specific chemical substance. Chemists are expected to write on their observations and findings to establish scientific results.
    11,691 Chemist Jobs
    Quality Control Analyst

    Avg. salary: $62,045

    Quality assurance representatives are professionals who are responsible for ensuring the quality of units produced or manufactured is following the standards set by the industry. These representatives supervise the entire production process to identify erroneous methods or tools being used by workers and observing produced for visible defects. They are required to perform various tests to check for the durability of the product and other desirable characteristics. Quality assurance representatives must also collaborate with the manufacturing engineer to implement quality control programs and preparing training manuals and quality guidelines.
    41,097 Quality Control Analyst Jobs

    Development Scientist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a development scientist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Development Scientists The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Broadcom and Charles River Systems as they offer the highest salaries for development scientists.
    Company

    Recently Added Development Scientist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Formulation Development-Scientist
    Formulation Development-Scientist
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $60,000
    $60,000
    06/26/2021
    Analytical Development Assoc/Scientist
    Analytical Development Assoc/Scientist
    Cary, NC
    Cary, NC
    05/22/2021
    05/22/2021
    $62,610
    $62,610
    05/22/2021
    Analytical Development Assoc/Scientist
    Analytical Development Assoc/Scientist
    Cary, NC
    Cary, NC
    05/22/2021
    05/22/2021
    $62,610
    $62,610
    05/22/2021
    Staff Development Scientist
    Staff Development Scientist
    Loveland, CO
    Loveland, CO
    05/12/2021
    05/12/2021
    $100,000
    $100,000
    05/12/2021
    Staff Development Scientist
    Staff Development Scientist
    Loveland, CO
    Loveland, CO
    05/12/2021
    05/12/2021
    $100,000
    $100,000
    05/12/2021
    Scientist-AAV Analytical Development-Analytical Chemistry : CE and LC Experience
    Scientist-AAV Analytical Development-Analytical Chemistry : CE and LC Experience
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    05/11/2021
    05/11/2021
    $140,000
    $140,000
    05/11/2021
    Development Scientist
    Development Scientist
    Brea, CA
    Brea, CA
    05/04/2021
    05/04/2021
    $69,789
    $69,789
    05/04/2021
    Protein Development Scientist
    Protein Development Scientist
    Parkton, NC
    Parkton, NC
    05/03/2021
    05/03/2021
    $80,000
    $80,000
    05/03/2021
    Protein Development Scientist
    Protein Development Scientist
    Parkton, NC
    Parkton, NC
    05/03/2021
    05/03/2021
    $80,000
    $80,000
    05/03/2021
    Scientist, Analytical Development
    Scientist, Analytical Development
    Norwood, MA
    Norwood, MA
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $80,000
    $80,000
    03/27/2021

    Average Development Scientist Salary by Demographic

    Development Scientist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $88,059
    female-income
    Female Income
    $87,039
    Median Development Scientist Income by Race
    Black or african american development scientists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino development scientists have the lowest average salary at $85,955.
    $89,000
    $88,000
    $87,000
    $86,000
    $85,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$87,225
    Black or African American$88,623
    Asian$87,618
    Unknown$88,325
    Hispanic or Latino$85,955
    Average Development Scientist Salary by Education Level
    Development scientists with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $89,131 annually. With a Masters degree, development scientists earn a median annual income of $87,039 compared to $82,634 for development scientists with an Bachelors degree.
    $91,000
    $89,000
    $87,000
    $85,000
    $83,000
    $81,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$82,634
    Master's Degree$87,039
    Doctorate Degree$89,131