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Materials Specialist Salary

Median pay for Materials Specialists in the United States is around $16.56 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male Materials Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. For the most part, Materials Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,998 - $73,595
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,404
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$12.11 - $22.73
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$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,998 - $73,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $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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$27,903 - $65,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $22.73  
   
Overtime
$8.68 - $34.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $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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$27,903 - $65,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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, Order Inventory, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Control.

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. Materials Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $41K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $41K. Materials Specialists bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 11%

National Average
$43,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%