Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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)
9,390 7.0 % $37.02 $77,010 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.10 $26.53 $35.87 $46.54 $57.05
Annual Wage (2) $41,810 $55,170 $74,610 $96,800 $118,670

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,050 $39.36 $81,860
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,010 $31.95 $66,460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 480 $37.47 $77,940
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 460 $40.45 $84,140
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 420 $26.18 $54,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 70 $54.62 $113,600
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 150 $46.49 $96,690
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) $44.19 $91,920
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 460 $40.45 $84,140
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 140 $40.22 $83,660

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Wisconsin 470 $36.37 $75,650 0.017%
Ohio 760 $36.20 $75,290 0.014%
Pennsylvania 760 $41.42 $86,150 0.013%
Illinois 770 $38.56 $80,210 0.013%
Delaware 50 $28.75 $59,790 0.012%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Maryland 130 $46.88 $97,510 0.005%
Massachusetts 290 $45.33 $94,290 0.009%
New Jersey 270 $44.07 $91,660 0.007%
Virginia 210 $42.62 $88,650 0.006%
Alabama 40 $42.52 $88,450 0.002%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Akron, OH 170 $37.68 $78,370 0.051%
Madison, WI 110 $35.76 $74,390 0.034%
College Station-Bryan, TX 30 $46.52 $96,760 0.034%
Dayton, OH 90 $34.83 $72,450 0.022%
Austin-Round Rock, TX 130 $27.22 $56,610 0.018%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 $52.45 $109,100 0.007%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 $49.04 $102,000 0.015%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) $47.85 $99,530 (8)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 $46.82 $97,380 0.004%
College Station-Bryan, TX 30 $46.52 $96,760 0.034%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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