Materials Specialist Salary

The average Materials Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.07 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Materials Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,603 - $71,534
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,452
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$12.37 - $24.65
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,603 - $71,534  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$28,482 - $66,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $24.65  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $37.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$28,482 - $66,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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Job Description for Materials Specialist

A materials specialist is generally responsible for evaluating materials and developing machinery and processes in order to manufacture those materials. Those in this position work in a variety of environments, from laboratories and factories to the military. The position generally requires a Bachelor’s degree, and even a Doctorate degree in some fields. Recommended degrees include: Materials Engineering, Textile Sciences and Engineering, and Ceramic Sciences and Engineering. A materials specialist typically keeps daytime “office hours;” however, different shifts or extended hours are not out of the ordinary.

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Materials Specialist Tasks

  • Monitor parts movement and manufacturer performance.
  • Maintain inventory control and report anticipated material requests.
  • Develop and manage the flow of inbound and outbound materials.

Common Career Paths for Materials Specialist


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Materials Specialists who go on to become Buyers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Buyer, an upper-level role, pays $46K.

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Survey takers who work as Materials Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Purchasing, Microsoft Excel, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Order Inventory. Aptitude in Inventory Control tends to also indicate an understanding of Purchasing.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $41K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $43K. Materials Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. As Materials Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $51K.

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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 7%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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