Materials Specialist Salary

Materials Specialists in the United States take home an average $16.64 per hour. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Materials Specialists making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Materials Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,596 - $71,895
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,796
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$11.96 - $24.07
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,596 - $71,895  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,786  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,350  
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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$28,035 - $65,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $24.07  
   
Overtime
$8.56 - $36.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,786  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,350  
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).
)
$28,035 - $65,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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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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Materials Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Purchasing, Inventory Control, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Order Inventory. Those with knowledge of Inventory Control tend to be skilled in Purchasing as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Specialist

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


For Materials Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Materials Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 8%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
0%

National Average
$44,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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