Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-2032 Materials Scientists

Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,400 4.0 % $43.83 $91,160 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.45 $31.13 $42.63 $54.51 $66.62
Annual Wage (2) $46,700 $64,750 $88,660 $113,380 $138,570


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,550 0.40 $47.80 $99,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 620 0.02 $34.50 $71,750
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 490 0.34 $53.47 $111,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 470 0.03 $38.82 $80,750
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 440 0.16 $35.00 $72,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,550 0.40 $47.80 $99,410
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 490 0.34 $53.47 $111,230
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 240 0.27 $39.40 $81,950
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 440 0.16 $35.00 $72,790
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 100 0.12 $40.39 $84,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $61.05 $126,990
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $56.80 $118,140
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 490 0.34 $53.47 $111,230
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 70 0.12 $49.02 $101,960
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 50 0.02 $47.83 $99,480


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,220 0.08 1.49 $48.72 $101,350
Texas 650 0.06 1.06 $48.47 $100,810
Massachusetts 640 0.20 3.54 $41.60 $86,530
New York 610 0.07 1.26 $48.04 $99,920
Ohio 450 0.09 1.57 $46.51 $96,740




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 100 0.25 4.45 $37.13 $77,230
Massachusetts 640 0.20 3.54 $41.60 $86,530
Washington 350 0.12 2.23 (8) (8)
Tennessee 270 0.10 1.77 $40.88 $85,040
Utah 110 0.09 1.59 $41.18 $85,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 210 0.08 1.38 $51.62 $107,360
California 1,220 0.08 1.49 $48.72 $101,350
Texas 650 0.06 1.06 $48.47 $100,810
New York 610 0.07 1.26 $48.04 $99,920
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.91 $46.86 $97,470





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.29 5.26 $40.18 $83,580
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.13 2.42 $57.93 $120,490
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 340 0.36 6.49 $53.18 $110,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.08 1.42 $47.94 $99,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 1.01 $36.66 $76,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.11 2.04 $51.61 $107,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 1.84 $39.55 $82,270
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 180 0.14 2.51 $40.11 $83,420
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.50 $57.54 $119,670
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 140 0.27 4.78 $40.74 $84,740




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.42 7.56 $40.44 $84,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 340 0.36 6.49 $53.18 $110,620
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.29 5.14 $52.08 $108,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.29 5.26 $40.18 $83,580
Akron, OH 90 0.28 5.10 $38.16 $79,370
Provo-Orem, UT 50 0.27 4.90 $39.73 $82,650
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 140 0.27 4.78 $40.74 $84,740
Raleigh-Cary, NC 120 0.22 3.92 $38.87 $80,850
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.20 3.65 $34.15 $71,030
Toledo, OH 50 0.18 3.24 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, OH 100 0.11 1.94 $59.33 $123,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.13 2.42 $57.93 $120,490
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.50 $57.54 $119,670
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $56.14 $116,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $55.37 $115,170
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 340 0.36 6.49 $53.18 $110,620
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.29 5.14 $52.08 $108,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.11 2.04 $51.61 $107,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 0.44 $49.66 $103,290
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $48.11 $100,060


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014