Materials Engineer Salary

Pay for Materials Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $72K annually. Overall incomes of Materials Engineers generally bottom out at around $52K and peak near $102K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Job satisfaction for Materials Engineers is high. Male Materials Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,291 - $99,223
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MEDIAN: $72,136
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,291 - $99,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,103  
Profit Sharing
$200.67 - $10,365  
Total Pay (?
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$51,854 - $102,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 736
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$17.08 - $44.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$33.20 - $60.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.67 - $10,365  
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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$51,854 - $102,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

  • Investigate product failures and materials problems, testing for and identifying manufacturing issues.
  • Supervise and conduct materials testing and technical processes for the organization.
  • 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.

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 $94K per year. More often than not, a Materials Scientist role is the next step for Materials Engineers moving up in the field. Materials Scientists usually make $82K per year. Many other Materials Engineers choose to take on a Manufacturing Engineer role, where salaries are typically $63K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Honeywell Aerospace are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Materials Engineers. Those at Corning Incorporated can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97K. Other big spenders include Lockheed Martin Corp, General Electric Co (GE), and Northrop Grumman Corporation, top-paying firms where Materials Engineers see paychecks nearing $93K, $91K, or $77K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Honeywell Aerospace at $75K, and The Boeing Company where $75K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Materials Engineers there earn up to $114K.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Survey takers working as Materials Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Failure Analysis, Product Development, Project Management, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Metallurgy, Finite Element Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Material Science are also skilled in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Materials Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Materials Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 501 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Materials Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 203 salaries. An experienced Materials Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 66 salaries. A Materials Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,708

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Materials Engineers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Materials Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+17 percent), Sunnyvale (+12 percent), San Jose (+9 percent), and Cincinnati (+6 percent). New York ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Workers in Farmington Hills and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Materials Engineer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries

▲62%

▲33%

▲15%

National Average
$73,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Failure Analysis
▲9%







National Average
$73,000


Test Engineering
▼3%




Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼8%

Metallurgy
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 8%
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