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Materials Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, slightly more than half of Materials Engineers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $70K annually. Pay ranges from $52K on the low end to $104K per year on the high end. Total cash earnings of Materials Engineers range from $52K on the low end to $104K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $10K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Male Materials Engineers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Materials Engineer Salary (?
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$52,060 - $101,434
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MEDIAN: $70,251
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Materials Engineer Salary (?
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$14.55 - $42.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,060 - $101,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,433  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,514 - $104,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 659
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $42.99  
   
Overtime
$22.52 - $55.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,433  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,514 - $104,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Materials Engineer

Materials engineers are in charge of conducting materials analysis for their organization. They are responsible for completing objective materials performance and recommending changes and corrections. They provide technical support to other teams to order new materials that satisfy project requirements, as well as use their engineering background to develop new product and improve production and manufacturing process. Materials engineers work closely with other engineers to improve quality and efficiency. They also maintain equipment inventory and order new materials as needed. Materials engineers communicate with production staff and external vendors, as well as create detailed reports for comparing materials' performance, quality, and costs. They also research new materials and integrate newer technologies into their projects.
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Materials Engineer Tasks
  • Document and strategize on how to reduce materials and process problems, including researching new materials.
  • Consult on material choices, process recommendations, and interfacing with external laboratories.
  • Investigate product failures and materials problems, testing for and identifying manufacturing issues.
  • Supervise and conduct materials testing and technical processes for the organization.

Common Career Paths for Materials Engineer

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As Materials Engineers make advancements in their career path to roles like Materials Senior Research Engineer, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, Materials Senior Research Engineers will make $93K annually.

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Popular Skills for Materials Engineer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Material Science, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Material Science tend to be well versed in Project Management, Product Development, and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Materials Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $79K. Materials Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $105K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in eight of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise approximately one-eighth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Materials Engineers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, Chicago, Houston, and San Diego, where Materials Engineers typically earn around 12 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 2 percent more than usual. In Cleveland, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Farmington Hills (7 percent less) and Cincinnati (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Product Development
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$71,000
Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%