Materials Specialist Salary

The average Materials Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.35 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Materials Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Materials Specialists (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,885 - $80,111
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$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,755
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$12.46 - $24.91
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MEDIAN: $17.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,885 - $80,111  
   
Bonus
$964 - $7,213  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$28,305 - $69,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $38.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$964 - $7,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$28,305 - $69,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 176

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Materials Specialist


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Materials Specialists who transition into an upper level Buyer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Buyer makes $47K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Materials Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Materials Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Materials Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Materials Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Materials Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 76 salaries. A Materials Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 41 salaries.

Materials Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Materials Specialist?

Materials Specialist in Denver:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: I love what I actually do because I work with a lot of different people. Every day is different and it is very fast-paced and dynamic.
Cons: I feel underpaid and underappreciated. Upper management has changed quite a bit lately and I don't feel that I'm being recognized.

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Key Stats for Materials Specialist

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

▲14%

▲12%

National Average
$46,000

▼3%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
▲31%

▲9%

Inventory Management
▲4%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%


Order Inventory
▼8%

Shipping
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 11%
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