Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
7,470 5.3 % $48.99 $101,910 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.64 $33.63 $47.85 $61.95 $76.28
Annual Wage (2) $51,250 $69,960 $99,530 $128,850 $158,660


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 1,850 0.29 $50.41 $104,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 720 0.05 $42.08 $87,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 670 0.03 $58.85 $122,420
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 630 0.18 $48.91 $101,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $29.42 $61,180

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 1,850 0.29 $50.41 $104,860
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 630 0.18 $48.91 $101,730
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 460 0.13 $61.58 $128,090
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 60 0.10 $40.69 $84,630
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 210 0.07 $38.42 $79,920

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) 30 (7) $66.00 $137,290
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 100 0.01 $62.81 $130,640
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 460 0.13 $61.58 $128,090
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $61.55 $128,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 670 0.03 $58.85 $122,420


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 1,150 0.07 1.31 $46.66 $97,060
Ohio 630 0.12 2.25 $43.40 $90,270
Texas 620 0.05 0.99 $59.16 $123,050
Massachusetts 440 0.12 2.36 $50.40 $104,840
New York 370 0.04 0.77 $47.73 $99,270




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 3.02 $40.26 $83,740
New Mexico 100 0.13 2.42 $64.63 $134,420
New Hampshire 90 0.13 2.56 $47.97 $99,780
Ohio 630 0.12 2.25 $43.40 $90,270
Massachusetts 440 0.12 2.36 $50.40 $104,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 90 0.07 1.35 $64.99 $135,180
New Mexico 100 0.13 2.42 $64.63 $134,420
Texas 620 0.05 0.99 $59.16 $123,050
Connecticut 40 0.03 0.51 $58.48 $121,650
Virginia 260 0.07 1.31 $56.92 $118,390



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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)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 290 0.29 5.46 $67.32 $140,020
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 230 0.22 4.18 $62.72 $130,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 1.15 $48.72 $101,340
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 200 0.03 0.56 $46.17 $96,030
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 170 0.17 3.15 $50.56 $105,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 160 0.06 1.07 $55.12 $114,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.16 $61.03 $126,940
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 1.50 $49.43 $102,810
Knoxville, TN 130 0.34 6.46 $36.74 $76,410
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.09 1.71 $38.72 $80,530


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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)
Midland, MI 30 0.86 16.48 $39.24 $81,630
Champaign-Urbana, IL 50 0.52 9.96 $29.23 $60,790
Knoxville, TN 130 0.34 6.46 $36.74 $76,410
Ann Arbor, MI 70 0.34 6.45 $44.05 $91,630
Akron, OH 100 0.30 5.79 $39.51 $82,180
Austin-Round Rock, TX 290 0.29 5.46 $67.32 $140,020
Dayton, OH 90 0.23 4.45 $43.98 $91,480
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 230 0.22 4.18 $62.72 $130,460
Boulder, CO 40 0.22 4.14 $60.10 $125,000
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 170 0.17 3.15 $50.56 $105,170


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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 0.29 5.46 $67.32 $140,020
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 80 0.08 1.55 $67.05 $139,460
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 230 0.22 4.18 $62.72 $130,460
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $61.31 $127,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.16 $61.03 $126,940
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $60.15 $125,100
Boulder, CO 40 0.22 4.14 $60.10 $125,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 0.45 $58.16 $120,980
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.05 $57.41 $119,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 160 0.06 1.07 $55.12 $114,650

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 0.34 6.40 (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 0.34 6.40 (8) (8)


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018