Materials Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $17.23 per hour. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are more male Materials Specialists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 60 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,919 - $73,970
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$74K
MEDIAN: $55,294
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$12.32 - $24.94
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$12
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,919 - $73,970  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,432 - $66,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $24.94  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $38.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
   
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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$28,432 - $66,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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 $47K.

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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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $42K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $44K. For Materials Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. As Materials Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $51K.

Materials Specialist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 32%


Inventory Management
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$45,000

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 7%

Shipping
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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