Materials Engineer Salary (United States)

With a little over a half of Materials Engineers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $71,484 annually. Pay generally spreads from $51,514 to $104,204 per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male Materials Engineers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Materials Engineers is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Materials Engineer Salary (?
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$52,060 - $101,434
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MEDIAN: $70,251
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Materials Engineer Salary (?
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$14.55 - $42.99
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$52,060 - $101,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,433  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$51,514 - $104,204  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 659
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $42.99  
   
Overtime
$22.52 - $55.35  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,433  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
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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$51,514 - $104,204  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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For Materials Engineers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Senior Materials Research Engineer will earn an extra $21K annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Materials Engineer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Project Management and Material Science are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 6 percent respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Material Science also know Project Management, Product Development, 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. New salaries start at $65K and reach $79K in five to 10 years. Compensation is $100K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries grow more slowly as Materials Engineers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $105K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 12 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Materials Engineers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Materials Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+12 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Farmington Hills and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-7 percent and -6 percent).

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

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$71,000
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
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: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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