Materials Engineer Salary

Average Materials Engineers in the United States make around $72K annually. Overall cash earnings of Materials Engineers stretch from $53K near the bottom to $108K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Materials Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Materials Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. 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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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


The Boeing Company, General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Honeywell Aerospace are all popular places to work. For Materials Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp; in fact, median earnings sit around $98K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Engineering Design. Those proficient in Product Development are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design. Those familiar with Material Science also tend to 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $67K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. Materials Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $112K — the plum median salary in this group.

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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
up arrow 4%

Material Science
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Failure Analysis
up arrow 2%

Test Engineering
up arrow 2%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$73,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

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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