Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
6,790 4.1 % $45.64 $94,940 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.95 $32.03 $43.75 $57.32 $71.79
Annual Wage (2) $47,740 $66,610 $91,000 $119,220 $149,310


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 1,990 0.31 $48.48 $100,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 600 0.04 $41.19 $85,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 450 0.02 $30.99 $64,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises 390 0.02 $47.17 $98,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 310 0.11 $37.69 $78,390

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 300 0.32 $44.73 $93,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,990 0.31 $48.48 $100,830
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 140 0.24 $48.72 $101,340
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 80 0.12 $36.80 $76,530
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 100 0.12 $34.47 $71,690

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) $64.32 $133,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 140 0.01 $63.37 $131,810
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 60 0.02 $57.44 $119,470
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 140 0.04 $56.36 $117,220
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing (8) (8) $55.58 $115,600


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 1,180 0.08 1.54 $49.77 $103,520
Ohio 470 0.09 1.80 $45.19 $93,990
Massachusetts 450 0.13 2.69 $39.64 $82,440
New York 390 0.04 0.88 $47.48 $98,760
Pennsylvania 330 0.06 1.16 $45.04 $93,680



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 0.17 3.39 $35.76 $74,370
Massachusetts 450 0.13 2.69 $39.64 $82,440
Minnesota 310 0.11 2.27 $53.45 $111,180
Ohio 470 0.09 1.80 $45.19 $93,990
Virginia 280 0.08 1.53 $50.79 $105,640



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 310 0.11 2.27 $53.45 $111,180
Louisiana 100 0.05 1.02 $51.36 $106,820
Virginia 280 0.08 1.53 $50.79 $105,640
California 1,180 0.08 1.54 $49.77 $103,520
Colorado 130 0.05 1.08 $49.49 $102,930




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-Newton, MA NECTA Division 360 0.20 4.14 $38.45 $79,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 3.37 $53.49 $111,250
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.24 4.77 $59.46 $123,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 200 0.03 0.63 $51.87 $107,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 1.08 $48.41 $100,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.93 $43.48 $90,430
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 170 0.17 3.43 $51.19 $106,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.16 3.22 $55.41 $115,260
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 3.11 $52.39 $108,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.06 1.21 $56.16 $116,820



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)
Ann Arbor, MI 80 0.38 7.81 $44.17 $91,870
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.31 6.32 $50.35 $104,720
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.24 4.77 $59.46 $123,670
Huntsville, AL 50 0.22 4.43 $34.20 $71,130
Akron, OH 70 0.22 4.41 $44.94 $93,470
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.21 4.29 $35.62 $74,080
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 360 0.20 4.14 $38.45 $79,980
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 0.18 3.68 $40.51 $84,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 3.37 $53.49 $111,250
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 170 0.17 3.43 $51.19 $106,480



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-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.24 4.77 $59.46 $123,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.06 1.21 $56.16 $116,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.16 3.22 $55.41 $115,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 3.37 $53.49 $111,250
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $53.20 $110,650
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 3.11 $52.39 $108,970
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.29 $52.22 $108,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 200 0.03 0.63 $51.87 $107,880
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 170 0.17 3.43 $51.19 $106,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.03 0.54 $51.00 $106,080


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016