Materials Engineer Salary

Median pay for Materials Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $72K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $51K to $108K per year. Cash earnings for Materials Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $108K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Materials Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$53,634 - $105,683

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$14.84 - $40.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,634 - $105,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$51,491 - $107,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 720
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $40.43  
   
Overtime
$22.47 - $55.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
   
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $10,213  
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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$51,491 - $107,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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


Materials Engineers flock to Northrop Grumman Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $79K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Materials Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Composite Materials, Project Management, Material Science, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Material Science tend to be well versed 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.


Materials Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. Materials Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $112K.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Composite Materials
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Material Science
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Product Development
0%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
0%

National Average
$73,000

Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
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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