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Materials Specialist Salary

Materials Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $16.66 per hour. Most Materials Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Materials Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,939 - $72,599
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,900
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$11.94 - $24.23
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,939 - $72,599  
   
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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$28,198 - $66,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $24.23  
   
Overtime
$8.56 - $36.48  
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$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).
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$28,198 - $66,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153

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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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Professional skills reported by Materials Specialists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Purchasing, Inventory Control, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Materials Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $41K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $44K. For Materials Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.

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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 7%

Purchasing
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 5%

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
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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