A high salary does not necessarily mean high satisfaction.

After graduation, materials science graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $129,326, while the bottom 20% make closer to $38,670. The median grad salary is $70,718.

Materials Science graduate salaries over time

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for materials science graduates

The highest paying career for materials science graduates is materials scientist, with top salaries averaging around $99,504.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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