Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

19-2032 Materials Scientists

Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and manmade 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. Include glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
7,180 5.8 % $35.14 $73,080 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.12 $24.60 $34.18 $43.92 $54.31
Annual Wage (2) $37,700 $51,180 $71,090 $91,350 $112,970

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific research and development services 1,600 $37.01 $76,970
Architectural and engineering services 770 $28.77 $59,850
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 600 $33.31 $69,290
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 390 $36.43 $75,780
Management of companies and enterprises 350 $35.72 $74,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. 160 $47.07 $97,910
Federal government (OES designation) 90 $46.77 $97,290
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 90 $45.00 $93,600
Industrial machinery manufacturing 80 $43.14 $89,730
Steel product mfg. from purchased steel 40 $41.63 $86,580

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 450 $42.65 $88,720 0.014%
Ohio 690 $33.12 $68,890 0.013%
Connecticut 200 $35.44 $73,710 0.012%
Georgia 450 $24.42 $50,790 0.012%
New Jersey 330 $42.55 $88,500 0.009%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Maryland 50 $43.90 $91,310 0.002%
Texas 590 $43.00 $89,430 0.006%
Massachusetts 450 $42.65 $88,720 0.014%
New Jersey 330 $42.55 $88,500 0.009%
Virginia 120 $40.47 $84,180 0.004%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 40 $35.75 $74,370 0.033%
Columbus, OH MSA 240 $32.57 $67,740 0.028%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 150 (7) (7) 0.024%
San Jose, CA PMSA 170 $47.14 $98,050 0.020%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 340 $43.60 $90,680 0.018%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 170 $47.14 $98,050 0.020%
Newark, NJ PMSA 30 $44.95 $93,510 0.003%
Dallas, TX PMSA (7) $43.89 $91,290 (7)
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 70 $43.74 $90,990 0.003%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 340 $43.60 $90,680 0.018%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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