Materials Engineer Salary

The average Materials Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $72K per year. Overall cash earnings for Materials Engineers vary widely between $53K and $108K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most Materials Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Materials Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,012 - $105,539
(Median)
$55K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,296
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$15.09 - $39.11
(Median)
$15
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,012 - $105,539  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,738  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $10,090  
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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$53,045 - $107,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $39.11  
   
Overtime
$26.18 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,738  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $10,090  
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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$53,045 - $107,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Materials Engineers move into roles as Materials Senior Research Engineers, where pay is an average $93K per year.

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The Boeing Company, General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Honeywell Aerospace are among the top companies that take on many Materials Engineers. Lockheed Martin Corp offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $98K.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Materials Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Composite Materials, Project Management, and Material Science are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Engineering Design. A tool kit that includes Product Development also typically contains Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Material Science also know Microsoft Office, 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $112K.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Composite Materials
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Material Science
up arrow 3%

Project Management
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Failure Analysis
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Test Engineering
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Product Development
0%

National Average
$73,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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