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

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