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Materials Engineer Salary

Materials Engineers in the United States take home approximately $71K annually on average. Pay ranges from $52K on the low end to $105K per year on the high end. Final cash compensation to Materials Engineers varies from around $52K to approximately $105K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $12K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Materials Engineers. 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 figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,091 - $101,712
(Median)
$53K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,761
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$14.63 - $43.97
(Median)
$15
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,091 - $101,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,088  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $11,982  
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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$52,172 - $105,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 668
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $43.97  
   
Overtime
$22.42 - $55.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $11,982  
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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$52,172 - $105,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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 usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Materials Senior Research Engineer. The average pay for a Materials Senior Research Engineer is $93K annually.

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Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Materials Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Composite Materials, Material Science, Project Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Material Science are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Materials Engineers. The average beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $79K. On average, Materials Engineers make $91K following one to two decades on the job. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $106K.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Composite Materials
up arrow 11%



Product Development
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$72,000

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%