Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
7,970 3.8 % $43.15 $89,740 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.58 $31.37 $42.78 $53.67 $64.49
Annual Wage (2) $46,960 $65,250 $88,990 $111,640 $134,130


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 2,760 0.44 $47.51 $98,820
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 730 0.03 $34.49 $71,750
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 490 0.04 $36.23 $75,360
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 460 0.17 $33.30 $69,260
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 450 0.31 $50.78 $105,630

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 2,760 0.44 $47.51 $98,820
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 320 0.35 $41.90 $87,150
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 450 0.31 $50.78 $105,630
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 120 0.21 $43.81 $91,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 460 0.17 $33.30 $69,260

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) 50 (7) $61.60 $128,130
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 450 0.31 $50.78 $105,630
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 210 0.05 $49.29 $102,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,760 0.44 $47.51 $98,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 300 0.07 $44.74 $93,070


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 1,240 0.09 1.42 $45.20 $94,010
Texas 630 0.06 0.97 $46.93 $97,610
Ohio 610 0.12 1.98 $45.40 $94,420
Massachusetts 510 0.16 2.58 $46.30 $96,300
Washington 450 0.16 2.67 $39.94 $83,080




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 110 0.26 4.24 $39.75 $82,670
New Mexico 190 0.25 4.05 $55.50 $115,430
Washington 450 0.16 2.67 $39.94 $83,080
Massachusetts 510 0.16 2.58 $46.30 $96,300
Utah 160 0.13 2.18 $45.73 $95,110




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 190 0.25 4.05 $55.50 $115,430
New Jersey 270 0.07 1.16 $48.83 $101,570
Oregon 70 0.04 0.70 $47.57 $98,940
Texas 630 0.06 0.97 $46.93 $97,610
Massachusetts 510 0.16 2.58 $46.30 $96,300





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 440 0.49 8.00 $47.77 $99,360
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 390 0.23 3.74 $46.29 $96,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 1.47 $41.16 $85,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 1.08 $36.28 $75,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.12 1.90 $38.17 $79,400
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.52 8.44 $55.58 $115,600
Raleigh-Cary, NC 150 0.30 4.92 $39.33 $81,800
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.15 2.48 $48.00 $99,840
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 1.93 $39.92 $83,030
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.43 7.06 $42.01 $87,390




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)
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 40 0.70 11.41 $39.41 $81,980
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.52 8.44 $55.58 $115,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 440 0.49 8.00 $47.77 $99,360
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.43 7.06 $42.01 $87,390
Akron, OH 130 0.40 6.57 $38.83 $80,760
Raleigh-Cary, NC 150 0.30 4.92 $39.33 $81,800
Ann Arbor, MI 50 0.26 4.18 $35.81 $74,480
Dayton, OH 90 0.25 4.01 $45.03 $93,660
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 70 0.24 3.91 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 390 0.23 3.74 $46.29 $96,290




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)
Toledo, OH 50 0.19 3.03 $66.44 $138,210
Columbus, OH 100 0.11 1.83 $57.79 $120,210
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.52 8.44 $55.58 $115,600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.54 $55.27 $114,960
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.14 2.28 $50.38 $104,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.49 $49.91 $103,820
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 60 0.12 1.88 $48.11 $100,070
Salt Lake City, UT 70 0.11 1.76 $48.08 $100,020
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.15 2.48 $48.00 $99,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 440 0.49 8.00 $47.77 $99,360


About May 2012 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:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013