Materials Specialist Salary

The average Materials Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.74 per hour. Male Materials Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,596 - $72,332
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$38K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,020
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$12.07 - $24.05
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,596 - $72,332  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,786  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,350  
Total Pay (?
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$28,137 - $65,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $24.05  
   
Overtime
$8.50 - $36.58  
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).
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$28,137 - $65,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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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Job skills reported by Materials Specialists are limited. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Purchasing, Inventory Control, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Order Inventory. Competency in Inventory Control frequently indicates knowledge of Purchasing.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Specialist

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


Materials Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $41K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $43K. On average, Materials Specialists make $47K following one to two decades on the job. 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 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 8%

Purchasing
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
0%

National Average
$44,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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