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Materials Engineer Salary

Median pay for Materials Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $72K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $53K to $107K per year. Total cash compensation for Materials Engineers runs from $53K to $107K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most Materials Engineers survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Materials Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$54,506 - $104,540
(Median)
$55K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,750
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50%
90%

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$14.29 - $43.69
(Median)
$14
$25
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$54,506 - $104,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,304  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $11,901  
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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$53,014 - $107,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 710
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $43.69  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $11,901  
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).
)
$53,014 - $107,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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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Materials Engineers often transition into Materials Senior Research Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Materials Senior Research Engineers earn $93K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the most; Materials Engineers earn $79K on average there.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is The Boeing Company, where the median salary is just $71K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $106K.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Survey results show that Materials Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Composite Materials, Material Science, Project Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Material Science are similarly competent in Product Development, Project Management, and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Materials Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. Materials Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Materials Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $109K.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Composite Materials
up arrow 7%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$73,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

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 125 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%