Materials Engineers in the United States take home approximately $72K per year on average. In the world of Materials Engineers, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $104K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Materials Engineers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Materials Engineers survey respondents are men (77 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,916 - $101,321
(Median)
$54K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,227
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50%
90%

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$15.62 - $45.79
(Median)
$16
$24
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,916 - $101,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,089  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $11,792  
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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$51,082 - $104,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 687
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $45.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$25.00 - $67.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $11,792  
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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$51,082 - $104,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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.

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While Materials Engineers do not often become Materials Senior Research Engineers, the job pays $94K per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


Materials Engineers flock to The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Electric Co (GE), Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Honeywell Aerospace, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the most with a median salary of $95K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $66K to a high of $166K.

Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Materials Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Failure Analysis, Product Development, Composite Materials, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Test Engineering, and Chemical Process Engineering. Those proficient in Material Science are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Materials Engineers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $84K. For Materials Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $113K.

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Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Failure Analysis
up arrow 9%

Composite Materials
up arrow 4%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 4%

Test Engineering
up arrow 5%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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