Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
7,750 4.6 % $48.83 $101,570 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.99 $34.17 $47.80 $61.84 $75.84
Annual Wage (2) $49,890 $71,070 $99,430 $128,620 $157,750


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 2,080 0.31 $51.13 $106,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 760 0.05 $39.91 $83,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises 720 0.03 $54.12 $112,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 480 0.04 $58.34 $121,340
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 410 0.44 $53.83 $111,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 410 0.44 $53.83 $111,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,080 0.31 $51.13 $106,350
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 100 0.17 $47.56 $98,930
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 80 0.13 $40.98 $85,240
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 160 0.11 $47.08 $97,920

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) 40 (7) $64.92 $135,040
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 290 0.08 $61.24 $127,370
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.07 $60.34 $125,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 480 0.04 $58.34 $121,340
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 60 0.02 $58.12 $120,880


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 1,450 0.09 1.64 $50.69 $105,430
Ohio 640 0.12 2.16 $43.63 $90,760
Massachusetts 390 0.11 2.05 $50.36 $104,750
Pennsylvania 390 0.07 1.22 $45.66 $94,970
New York 370 0.04 0.75 $44.56 $92,690




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 70 0.16 2.88 $38.87 $80,860
Ohio 640 0.12 2.16 $43.63 $90,760
New Mexico 100 0.12 2.20 $62.77 $130,560
New Hampshire 70 0.11 2.05 $39.61 $82,380
Massachusetts 390 0.11 2.05 $50.36 $104,750




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 100 0.12 2.20 $62.77 $130,560
Nevada 90 0.07 1.33 $59.88 $124,550
Virginia 350 0.09 1.67 $55.02 $114,450
Colorado 150 0.06 1.10 $54.04 $112,400
Minnesota 190 0.07 1.21 $53.67 $111,640





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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.24 4.38 $59.87 $124,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 4.12 $63.40 $131,880
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 230 0.22 3.97 $48.17 $100,190
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 1.11 $47.63 $99,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210 0.08 1.50 $58.65 $121,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 190 0.10 1.80 $53.79 $111,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.48 $43.38 $90,220
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 1.73 (8) (8)
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.13 2.38 $46.71 $97,170
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 0.93 16.75 $50.25 $104,520




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 0.93 16.75 $50.25 $104,520
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.44 7.94 $46.20 $96,090
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.39 7.05 (8) (8)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.32 5.76 $47.09 $97,950
Akron, OH 90 0.29 5.17 $41.32 $85,940
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.24 4.38 $59.87 $124,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 4.12 $63.40 $131,880
Knoxville, TN 80 0.22 3.96 $34.59 $71,950
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 230 0.22 3.97 $48.17 $100,190
Greensboro-High Point, NC 70 0.19 3.37 $41.55 $86,420




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.23 4.12 $63.40 $131,880
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.24 4.38 $59.87 $124,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210 0.08 1.50 $58.65 $121,980
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $57.20 $118,970
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 2.25 $56.77 $118,080
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 1.04 $54.10 $112,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 190 0.10 1.80 $53.79 $111,870
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.16 2.90 $51.36 $106,840
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.59 $50.79 $105,640
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.08 1.40 $50.55 $105,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 5.81 (8) (8)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 5.81 (8) (8)


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017