Materials Engineer Salary

Materials Engineers in the United States take home approximately $72K annually on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $52K and $108K per year. In the world of Materials Engineers, overall income ranges from $52K near the bottom to $108K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Materials Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Materials Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,902 - $105,797
(Median)
$54K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,069
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$14.81 - $40.61
(Median)
$15
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,902 - $105,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,624  
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $11,777  
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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$51,809 - $107,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 717
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $40.61  
   
Overtime
$22.31 - $57.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,624  
   
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $11,777  
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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$51,809 - $107,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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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Advancing into a Materials Senior Research Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Materials Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $93K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $79K on average.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $118K, The Boeing Company still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $74K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Survey results suggest that Materials Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Material Science are also skilled in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $66K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger 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%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
0%

National Average
$73,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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