Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
6,900 3.9 % $45.36 $94,350 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.01 $32.34 $44.22 $56.31 $69.21
Annual Wage (2) $47,860 $67,280 $91,980 $117,130 $143,960


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 1,950 0.31 $48.51 $100,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $32.49 $67,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 470 0.03 $38.93 $80,970
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 470 0.32 $54.39 $113,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises 390 0.02 $44.15 $91,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 470 0.32 $54.39 $113,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,950 0.31 $48.51 $100,910
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 130 0.23 $49.50 $102,950
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 190 0.20 $40.04 $83,270
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 110 0.13 $40.49 $84,220

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) $62.22 $129,420
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 180 0.01 $55.84 $116,150
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 30 0.03 $55.11 $114,630
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 50 0.02 $54.89 $114,170
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 470 0.32 $54.39 $113,130


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 1,120 0.07 1.45 $48.52 $100,930
Texas 540 0.05 0.94 $51.73 $107,610
Massachusetts 520 0.16 3.04 $40.76 $84,780
Ohio 500 0.10 1.87 $48.81 $101,530
New York 460 0.05 1.03 $47.10 $97,960



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)
Massachusetts 520 0.16 3.04 $40.76 $84,780
West Virginia 80 0.12 2.34 $45.16 $93,930
Minnesota 300 0.11 2.14 $53.40 $111,070
Ohio 500 0.10 1.87 $48.81 $101,530
Utah 90 0.07 1.41 $40.63 $84,520



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 300 0.11 2.14 $53.40 $111,070
Texas 540 0.05 0.94 $51.73 $107,610
New Hampshire 30 0.05 0.97 $50.15 $104,310
Ohio 500 0.10 1.87 $48.81 $101,530
California 1,120 0.07 1.45 $48.52 $100,930




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-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 440 0.24 4.78 $39.82 $82,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.16 3.19 $53.44 $111,150
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 220 0.22 4.30 $50.65 $105,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 1.15 $40.09 $83,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.97 $46.38 $96,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.21 4.03 $50.77 $105,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 3.35 $62.85 $130,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 1.68 $40.59 $84,440
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 150 0.11 2.19 $33.83 $70,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.50 $57.12 $118,810



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)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.31 6.12 $40.01 $83,210
Ann Arbor, MI 60 0.29 5.70 $38.06 $79,160
Akron, OH 90 0.27 5.21 $40.28 $83,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 440 0.24 4.78 $39.82 $82,820
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 220 0.22 4.30 $50.65 $105,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.21 4.03 $50.77 $105,590
Greensboro-High Point, NC 70 0.21 4.03 $38.96 $81,040
Provo-Orem, UT 40 0.20 3.85 $41.15 $85,600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 3.35 $62.85 $130,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.16 3.19 $53.44 $111,150



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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.17 3.35 $62.85 $130,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.50 $57.12 $118,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 50 0.03 0.50 $54.99 $114,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.16 3.19 $53.44 $111,150
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 2.25 $52.03 $108,220
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $50.89 $105,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.21 4.03 $50.77 $105,590
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 220 0.22 4.30 $50.65 $105,360
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $50.45 $104,940
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $49.32 $102,570


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015