Materials Specialist Salary

For Materials Specialists, hourly average wages total $16.89 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Materials Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Materials Specialists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,688 - $71,991

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$12.19 - $24.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,688 - $71,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,823  
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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$28,382 - $66,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$8.38 - $36.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,823  
   
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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$28,382 - $66,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Buyer. Median pay for Buyers is $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. Inventory Control and Purchasing are also commonly seen together.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. For Materials Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 7%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

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 51 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
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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