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Materials Specialist Salary

Materials Specialists in the United States take home an average $16.74 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Materials Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Materials Specialists making up 58 percent of survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,241 - $72,952
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,769
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$11.94 - $24.29
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,241 - $72,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,765  
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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$28,081 - $66,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $24.29  
   
Overtime
$8.50 - $36.58  
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 - $4,765  
   
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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$28,081 - $66,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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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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. Employees educated in Inventory Control are typically practiced in Purchasing, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Specialist

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


Materials Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. Materials Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$44,000

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 54 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%