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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
7,730 5.2 % $49.25 $102,450 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.27 $33.85 $47.98 $62.24 $76.91
Annual Wage (2) $52,560 $70,400 $99,800 $129,470 $159,970


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 1,800 0.27 $49.82 $103,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 860 0.04 $60.24 $125,290
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 710 0.20 $46.97 $97,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 660 0.05 $42.40 $88,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 630 0.02 $31.96 $66,470

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 1,800 0.27 $49.82 $103,640
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 710 0.20 $46.97 $97,690
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 490 0.13 $62.29 $129,560
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 60 0.10 $42.15 $87,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 660 0.05 $42.40 $88,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 490 0.13 $62.29 $129,560
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $61.18 $127,260
Management of Companies and Enterprises 860 0.04 $60.24 $125,290
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $56.49 $117,490
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 60 0.04 $56.00 $116,470


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 1,010 0.06 1.11 $49.45 $102,860
Texas 680 0.06 1.05 $57.85 $120,320
Ohio 630 0.12 2.19 $48.25 $100,360
Massachusetts 590 0.16 3.08 $46.75 $97,240
Pennsylvania 350 0.06 1.12 $48.53 $100,950




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 80 0.17 3.26 $42.61 $88,630
Massachusetts 590 0.16 3.08 $46.75 $97,240
New Mexico 110 0.13 2.44 $65.45 $136,130
Ohio 630 0.12 2.19 $48.25 $100,360
New Hampshire 80 0.12 2.22 $50.64 $105,330




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 110 0.13 2.44 $65.45 $136,130
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $60.25 $125,320
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $59.42 $123,590
Nevada 30 0.02 0.45 $58.38 $121,420
Texas 680 0.06 1.05 $57.85 $120,320





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-Nashua, MA-NH 470 0.17 3.22 $47.31 $98,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 440 0.07 1.35 $45.94 $95,550
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 300 0.03 0.58 $51.42 $106,950
Austin-Round Rock, TX 290 0.28 5.25 $68.21 $141,870
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 280 0.10 1.81 $51.94 $108,040
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.23 4.22 $61.74 $128,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 250 0.05 1.01 $48.10 $100,060
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 200 0.19 3.51 $56.06 $116,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 200 0.07 1.25 $51.53 $107,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 190 0.06 1.16 $47.82 $99,460




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)
Champaign-Urbana, IL 40 0.44 8.16 $28.59 $59,460
Knoxville, TN 110 0.29 5.42 $35.45 $73,740
Austin-Round Rock, TX 290 0.28 5.25 $68.21 $141,870
Dayton, OH 100 0.25 4.73 $55.10 $114,610
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 70 0.24 4.48 $60.85 $126,570
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.23 4.22 $61.74 $128,420
Ann Arbor, MI 50 0.21 3.97 $38.05 $79,140
Akron, OH 70 0.21 3.94 $34.89 $72,570
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.20 3.83 $42.44 $88,270
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 200 0.19 3.51 $56.06 $116,600




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)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 290 0.28 5.25 $68.21 $141,870
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $66.32 $137,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.23 4.22 $61.74 $128,420
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 70 0.24 4.48 $60.85 $126,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 70 0.03 0.52 $59.14 $123,010
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 200 0.19 3.51 $56.06 $116,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 100 0.03 0.50 $55.28 $114,990
Dayton, OH 100 0.25 4.73 $55.10 $114,610
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 90 0.06 1.09 $53.17 $110,590
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 1.17 $52.13 $108,430


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019