Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
8,390 5.0 % $41.49 $86,300 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.02 $30.18 $40.73 $51.98 $62.53
Annual Wage (2) $45,810 $62,780 $84,720 $108,110 $130,070


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 2,650 0.43 $44.97 $93,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,130 0.06 $40.04 $83,290
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 790 0.03 $32.94 $68,510
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 620 0.22 $41.51 $86,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 390 0.03 $38.13 $79,310

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 2,650 0.43 $44.97 $93,530
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 290 0.32 $41.63 $86,590
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 170 0.30 $43.15 $89,760
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 620 0.22 $41.51 $86,340
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 60 0.18 $38.85 $80,800

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) 60 (7) $60.21 $125,240
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 170 0.05 $54.59 $113,550
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 40 0.04 $47.42 $98,630
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 70 0.02 $46.37 $96,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,650 0.43 $44.97 $93,530


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)
Pennsylvania 950 0.17 2.64 $37.12 $77,210
California 940 0.07 1.02 $42.49 $88,380
Illinois 770 0.14 2.11 $39.23 $81,600
New York 570 0.07 1.03 $44.47 $92,490
Texas 560 0.06 0.83 $40.83 $84,930




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 90 0.22 3.35 $42.79 $89,000
New Mexico 160 0.21 3.12 $52.06 $108,290
Pennsylvania 950 0.17 2.64 $37.12 $77,210
Georgia 550 0.15 2.21 $42.65 $88,720
Massachusetts 440 0.14 2.12 $48.11 $100,060




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 160 0.21 3.12 $52.06 $108,290
New Hampshire 40 0.06 0.89 $49.96 $103,910
Massachusetts 440 0.14 2.12 $48.11 $100,060
Oregon 80 0.05 0.82 $47.78 $99,370
Maryland 250 0.10 1.53 $47.36 $98,500

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.17 2.56 $42.32 $88,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 510 0.23 3.49 $42.88 $89,200
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.24 3.64 $39.38 $81,900
Pittsburgh, PA 400 0.37 5.56 $35.79 $74,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.28 4.29 $41.95 $87,260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 240 0.15 2.20 $45.51 $94,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.83 $35.78 $74,420
Greensboro-High Point, NC 170 0.50 7.59 $36.07 $75,030
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 170 0.07 1.02 $41.67 $86,660
Albuquerque, NM 150 0.40 6.05 $52.21 $108,610




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 130 1.13 17.17 $52.68 $109,570
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 50 0.84 12.74 $37.91 $78,850
Peoria, IL 130 0.79 11.98 $24.87 $51,730
Greensboro-High Point, NC 170 0.50 7.59 $36.07 $75,030
Albuquerque, NM 150 0.40 6.05 $52.21 $108,610
Pittsburgh, PA 400 0.37 5.56 $35.79 $74,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.28 4.29 $41.95 $87,260
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 80 0.28 4.26 $35.56 $73,960
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.26 3.92 $41.70 $86,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.24 3.64 $39.38 $81,900




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 130 1.13 17.17 $52.68 $109,570
Albuquerque, NM 150 0.40 6.05 $52.21 $108,610
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.38 $49.97 $103,930
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $49.19 $102,320
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 30 0.04 0.53 $49.16 $102,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 0.59 $49.01 $101,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $48.96 $101,840
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.08 1.23 $48.93 $101,780
Baltimore-Towson, MD 90 0.07 1.08 $48.66 $101,210
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.13 1.97 $48.44 $100,760


About May 2010 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:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011