Materials Engineer Salary

Materials Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $72K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $52K, and the higher rates verge on $108K per year. Final cash compensation to Materials Engineers varies from around $52K to approximately $108K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $12K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Materials Engineers survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most Materials Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,162 - $105,937
(Median)
$54K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,972
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$14.74 - $40.98
(Median)
$15
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,162 - $105,937  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,601  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $11,861  
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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$52,175 - $108,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $40.98  
   
Overtime
$22.36 - $56.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,601  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $11,861  
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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$52,175 - $108,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 who move on to become Materials Senior Research Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Materials Senior Research Engineers get paid an average of $93K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $79K.

The Boeing Company offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $74K. The best-paid employees do manage to haul in approximately $118K, however.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Materials Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Composite Materials, Project Management, Material Science, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Material Science are similarly competent in Product Development, 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $95K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $110K.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Composite Materials
up arrow 7%


Material Science
up arrow 4%

Product Development
0%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
0%

National Average
$73,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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