Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
7,900 4.3 % $41.64 $86,600 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.77 $29.88 $40.67 $52.07 $63.20
Annual Wage (2) $45,290 $62,140 $84,600 $108,300 $131,460


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 2,640 0.42 $46.07 $95,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 910 0.03 $34.43 $71,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 570 0.03 $41.02 $85,320
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 440 0.17 $32.65 $67,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 430 0.03 $37.67 $78,350

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 2,640 0.42 $46.07 $95,830
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 320 0.37 $41.57 $86,460
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 120 0.22 $43.40 $90,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 440 0.17 $32.65 $67,920
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 220 0.16 $37.05 $77,060

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) 60 (7) $61.20 $127,290
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 160 0.04 $55.59 $115,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,640 0.42 $46.07 $95,830
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.03 $45.46 $94,550
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 280 0.07 $45.01 $93,630


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 1,200 0.09 1.38 $45.66 $94,970
Pennsylvania 580 0.10 1.70 $38.23 $79,510
Ohio 530 0.11 1.74 $41.69 $86,710
Texas 530 0.05 0.84 $39.15 $81,420
Illinois 510 0.09 1.47 $34.27 $71,290




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 120 0.29 4.71 $43.98 $91,480
New Mexico 180 0.24 3.84 $54.03 $112,390
Washington 420 0.15 2.50 $40.01 $83,220
Utah 150 0.13 2.12 $45.52 $94,680
Massachusetts 410 0.13 2.09 $49.51 $102,990




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 180 0.24 3.84 $54.03 $112,390
Maryland 190 0.08 1.24 $50.23 $104,470
Massachusetts 410 0.13 2.09 $49.51 $102,990
Oregon 80 0.05 0.84 $48.44 $100,760
New Jersey 240 0.06 1.02 $47.39 $98,570





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 400 0.45 7.32 $48.32 $100,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 370 0.21 3.35 $38.12 $79,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.08 1.33 $42.60 $88,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 310 0.09 1.40 $38.26 $79,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 310 0.14 2.23 $40.89 $85,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 2.18 $45.94 $95,550
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.49 7.95 $54.34 $113,030
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 150 0.12 2.02 $40.56 $84,360
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 0.06 0.95 $40.52 $84,270
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 2.00 $38.01 $79,060




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 0.94 15.26 $59.11 $122,940
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.49 7.95 $54.34 $113,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.45 7.32 $48.32 $100,500
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.34 5.59 $42.49 $88,380
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 90 0.32 5.17 $36.73 $76,400
Dayton, OH 110 0.29 4.73 $41.72 $86,770
Raleigh-Cary, NC 140 0.28 4.59 $35.36 $73,540
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 370 0.21 3.35 $38.12 $79,280
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.19 3.04 $34.96 $72,710
Akron, OH 50 0.17 2.75 $38.34 $79,750




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 0.94 15.26 $59.11 $122,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 1.63 $55.10 $114,620
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.49 7.95 $54.34 $113,030
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 0.98 $51.27 $106,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.53 $51.09 $106,260
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.08 1.28 $48.66 $101,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 0.78 $48.42 $100,700
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.45 7.32 $48.32 $100,500
Baltimore-Towson, MD 80 0.07 1.08 $48.28 $100,430
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $48.09 $100,030


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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