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Materials Engineer Salary

An average Materials Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $53K to $108K per year. Cash earnings for Materials Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $108K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Materials Engineers survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most Materials Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$54,613 - $105,389
(Median)
$55K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,863
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$14.39 - $43.44
(Median)
$14
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,613 - $105,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,607  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $11,861  
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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$52,738 - $107,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $43.44  
   
Overtime
$22.31 - $52.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,607  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $11,861  
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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$52,738 - $107,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


The biggest paychecks can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation — the median salary there is $79K.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Composite Materials, Project Management, Material Science, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Material Science also know Product Development, Engineering Design, and Project Management.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $67K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. Materials Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $95K. Materials Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $110K on average.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Composite Materials
up arrow 7%


Material Science
up arrow 4%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$73,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
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: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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