Materials Scientist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$86,000
$64,000
$86,000
$115,000
The average materials scientist makes about $86,633 per year. That's $41.65 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $64,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $116,000. Many of materials scientists seem to be drawn to technology and manufacturing companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case materials scientists tend to work at technology, health care, and manufacturing companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that New Jersey, Utah and Maryland pay materials scientists the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Novato, CA
$111,143
Newark, NJ
$105,314
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Map of Materials Scientist Salaries

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

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Average Materials Scientist Salary By Location

While a materials scientist can average a salary of $86,633 per year, or $41.65 per hour, there are many opportunities for materials scientists to make more. For example, in Novato, CA you might make $111,143 per year. Other high-paying locations include Newark, NJ, Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Novato, CA where the average starting salary is $72,000. The highest paying states for materials scientists include New Jersey, Utah and Maryland. Meanwhile, Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia offer the lowest salaries.

Average Materials Scientist Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a materials scientist, being employed by a company such as Microsoft or Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Target and Brookhaven National Laboratory also report highly competitive salaries for materials scientists.

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Materials Scientist Salary History

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Recently Added Materials Scientist Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Materials Scientist at Medtronic
Materials Scientist at Medtronic
03/25/2020
03/25/2020
$73,045
$73,045
03/25/2020
Materials Scientist II
Materials Scientist II
02/28/2020
02/28/2020
$38,000
$38,000
02/28/2020
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
10/08/2019
10/08/2019
$98,900
$98,900
10/08/2019
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
09/26/2019
09/26/2019
$98,900
$98,900
09/26/2019
Materials Scientist/Engineer
Materials Scientist/Engineer
09/16/2019
09/16/2019
$106,872
$106,872
09/16/2019
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
09/03/2019
09/03/2019
$96,000
$96,000
09/03/2019
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
08/02/2019
08/02/2019
$98,900
$98,900
08/02/2019
Solution Spray Technologies, LLC
Solution Spray Technologies, LLC
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
07/25/2019
07/25/2019
$83,199
$83,199
07/25/2019
ELC Management LLC
ELC Management LLC
Associate Fellow-Material Scientist & Technology
Associate Fellow-Material Scientist & Technology
Associate Fellow-Material Scientist & Technology
07/11/2019
07/11/2019
$120,000
$120,000
07/11/2019
Materials Scientist
Materials Scientist
06/20/2019
06/20/2019
$90,000
$90,000
06/20/2019