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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Materials Scientists
Industry profile for Materials Scientists
Geographic profile for Materials Scientists

National estimates for Materials Scientists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Materials Scientists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,930 7.0 % $ 50.21 $ 104,450 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Materials Scientists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 26.35 $ 35.16 $ 47.82 $ 62.93 $ 79.47
Annual Wage (2) $ 54,810 $ 73,130 $ 99,460 $ 130,890 $ 165,290


Industry profile for Materials Scientists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Materials Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,770 0.23 $ 52.32 $ 108,830
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,040 0.04 $ 57.80 $ 120,230
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 680 0.19 $ 44.21 $ 91,970
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 510 0.03 $ 43.49 $ 90,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $ 34.11 $ 70,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Materials Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,770 0.23 $ 52.32 $ 108,830
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 680 0.19 $ 44.21 $ 91,970
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 320 0.11 $ 46.06 $ 95,800
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 360 0.10 $ 57.86 $ 120,340
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 310 0.07 $ 60.76 $ 126,380

Top paying industries for Materials Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 310 0.07 $ 60.76 $ 126,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 (7) $ 58.26 $ 121,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 360 0.10 $ 57.86 $ 120,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,040 0.04 $ 57.80 $ 120,230
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 120 0.04 $ 53.04 $ 110,330


Geographic profile for Materials Scientists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Materials Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 800 0.05 0.98 $ 54.73 $ 113,840
Massachusetts 470 0.14 2.82 $ 44.38 $ 92,300
Texas 400 0.03 0.66 $ 37.95 $ 78,940
Washington 380 0.12 2.41 $ 56.17 $ 116,840
Ohio 330 0.06 1.30 $ 54.56 $ 113,490




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Materials Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 130 0.20 4.07 $ 75.31 $ 156,630
Delaware 60 0.15 2.92 $ 48.57 $ 101,030
Massachusetts 470 0.14 2.82 $ 44.38 $ 92,300
West Virginia 90 0.14 2.74 $ 43.43 $ 90,330
Utah 190 0.13 2.62 $ 52.09 $ 108,350




Top paying states for Materials Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 130 0.20 4.07 $ 75.31 $ 156,630
Connecticut 30 0.02 0.41 $ 66.05 $ 137,380
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $ 59.04 $ 122,810
Colorado 100 0.04 0.77 $ 57.82 $ 120,270
Washington 380 0.12 2.41 $ 56.17 $ 116,840





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Materials Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.19 3.88 $ 50.79 $ 105,640
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 260 0.03 0.59 $ 50.89 $ 105,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.09 1.80 $ 52.17 $ 108,510
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 200 0.08 1.52 $ 47.68 $ 99,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 190 0.03 0.64 $ 52.93 $ 110,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 180 0.04 0.84 $ 51.48 $ 107,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 1.67 $ 53.46 $ 111,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 160 0.05 1.08 $ 44.82 $ 93,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.12 2.49 $ 59.85 $ 124,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.67 $ 40.51 $ 84,270




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Materials Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Champaign-Urbana, IL 30 0.32 6.40 (8) (8)
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.29 5.78 $ 50.69 $ 105,440
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 70 0.24 4.78 $ 62.83 $ 130,690
Dayton, OH 80 0.22 4.49 $ 58.63 $ 121,950
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.19 3.88 $ 50.79 $ 105,640
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.13 2.61 $ 43.21 $ 89,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.12 2.49 $ 59.85 $ 124,480
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.12 2.48 $ 54.41 $ 113,170
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 30 0.10 1.92 $ 46.37 $ 96,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.09 1.80 $ 52.17 $ 108,510




Top paying metropolitan areas for Materials Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 50 0.05 1.03 $ 63.37 $ 131,800
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 70 0.24 4.78 $ 62.83 $ 130,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 61.65 $ 128,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.12 2.49 $ 59.85 $ 124,480
Dayton, OH 80 0.22 4.49 $ 58.63 $ 121,950
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.12 2.48 $ 54.41 $ 113,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 0.03 0.63 $ 53.74 $ 111,790
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 1.67 $ 53.46 $ 111,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 190 0.03 0.64 $ 52.93 $ 110,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.09 1.80 $ 52.17 $ 108,510


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021